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So far, we have watched our local team, Wellington State, play at the Basin Reserve a few times.

The first game was against Northerns. Some pictures are shown below. The highlights of the day were a sparkling century from Chris Nevin, who also took a stunning catch, and some fireworks from James Franklin

This picture shows the Basin Reserve ground before the match got under way. The groundsman finishes off preparations in the middle. You can see from the wonderful blueness of the sky that it was a wonderful day
Wellington are batting in this picture. The non-striker is Chris Nevin on his way to a quick-fire hundred. The striker is James Franklin
This is me on the way back from getting a couple of tinnies. This picture is here to show the marvellous grass bank square of the wicket which was our vantage point for most of the day. This disadvantage of the slope was that it is steep enough to gradually slide down.
This picture is towards the end of the game. The Basin Reserve's pavillion dominates the background. New Zealand captain, Stephen Fleming, fields on the boundary in the foreground.

The next few pictures come from the State Shield Semi-final between Wellington and Auckland. Some of the highlights included a solid all-round performance from Jesse Ryder (a fifty and a couple of wickets) and decent innings from Auckland players David Houpapa and Andre Adams.

A distant view of the scoreboard at the Basin. Most of this is manually controlled and quite a few errors creep in during the day.
The intriguing combination of Nicol and Houpapa conjures up images of that Renault advert
They still let you walk on the ground at the Basin at the lunch break during domestic games, allowing you a great close up view of the pitch.
A real close up of the pitch at the Adelaide Road/Scoreboard end of the Basin. A bit of crazy-paving. Security weren't too happy when I tried to push my key in the cracks during my pitch report....
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Some pictures from the match between Northern Districts and Central Districts at Pukekura Park, New Plymouth on 8th January 2010. Pukekura Park is widely known as one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world. It's certainly an incredible place to watch cricket. The ground sits in a bowl with turf terracing on three sides. On the day Andy was there, the ground was pretty much full and the only remaining seating was on the lip around the edge of the bowl - making us incredibly close to the match.

Top Left: This is a picture from the ground of the terracing at one end of the ground. The ground was starting to fill up at this point, and you can see people sitting around the edge of the bowl in preparation for the match.

Top Right: New Zealand international fast-medium bowler, Tim Southee playing for Northern Districts.

Right: Daniel Vettori bowling for Northern Districts.

Bottom Left: James Marshall batting for Northern Districts; Bevan Griggs keeping for Central Districts behind the sticks.

Bottom Right: The sun starting to set at the end of the game.
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