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Cricket is NOT, I repeat NOT the game that Harry Potter plays…
January 30th, 2010 by Kate
Olivia & Phoebe with Cricket field in background

Olivia & Phoebe with Cricket field in background

Don’t feel bad, we didn’t know a thing about Cricket either. 

Actually, we were worse off than knowing nothing – Tessa and Phoebe’s friends in Australia from the campground “taught” them to play Cricket but what they learned seemed to combine the finer points of Cricket and RUGBY into one insane game… so the girls very authoritatively “explained” the game to us, and, silly us, we believed them.  Their version involved “pegging” the ball at the runners and also trying to trip them.  They said although it looked civilized, and they wore cute outfits, it was really rather violent.  Hum.

We were SO psyched to hear about a 20/20 match being played in Wellington – local sporting events count as “cultural experiences” because our definition of homeschooling has become quite broad.  Plus, we were curious about this crazy sounding game that seems to capture the imaginations of people from each and every country that used to be a British Colony.  So on an unusually nice day (we bring good weather with us!) we made our way to the playing field for a match pitting the hometown team the Wellington Phoenix’s (we took that as some kind of sign) against Auckland. 

A few our new "Cricky" friends!

A few our new "Cricky" friends!

Tickets were cheap out on the grassy hill, there were “American hotdogs” (they call corn dogs “hotdogs”), and there was beer a-plenty.  All the makings of a great afternoon of “Criky”.

It was packed, with very little room left on the grassy hill, so we cruised around looking for a place big enough for 5.  We also wanted to sit in the fun section if possible.  We climbed up through the crowds and Jeff found us a small patch of grass – right next to the MOST drunk guys in the entire country of New Zealand.  Oh, yes, this was the fun section all righty!

Just like at baseball games, they give you free stuff when you are one of the first 100 people through the gates - well we weren't even close to being in the first 100, but our new friends were!  They all signed the hat (Olivia even got a few phone numbers!) and now Jeff totally fits in to the Cricket watching crowd...

Just like at baseball games, they give you free stuff when you are one of the first 100 people through the gates - well we weren't even close to being in the first 100, but our new friends were! They all signed the hat (Olivia even got a few phone numbers!) and now Jeff totally fits in to the Cricket watching crowd...

The Cricket match was a blast.  Thankfully, among our very drunk friends was actually a professional Cricket player from one of the other teams just out with his buddies.  He explained how Cricket is REALLY played, and now we are Cricketophiles.  FYI – the game does NOT include pegging and tripping, much to Tessa’s dismay.  We even did our best to get the wave started, but alas the Kiwi’s didn’t really get it. 

The Phoenix' are Number 1 !!!

The Phoenix' are Number 1 !!!

Sadly, the Wellington Phoenix’s lost to Auckland that day, but for our first foray into Phoenix Wells’ were BIG winners!

Oh no, they lost... we're Number 2 !!!

Oh no, they lost... we're Number 2 !!!

Peace out...

Peace out...


2 Responses  
Cricket Bourget writes:
February 1st, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Well I, for one, am pleased and touched that you’re now so fond of cricket. ;)

Ed Childers writes:
February 19th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Tessa;

I’m astonished at my powers of influence. I just sent you a note yesterday saying I wanted to hear more from you,and, voila; here it is.

Your postings are quite articulate and much appreciated.

Happy travels,

Ed

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