Wednesday, March 17, 2010
On Boxing Day 1998, New Zealand Cricket started what they hoped would be come a tradition. New Zealand went head-to-head with India at the Basin Reserve in Wellington in a Boxing Day test match, reminiscent (on a much smaller scale, of course) of Melbourne's iconic event. It was a great idea, in our humble opinion, but it was shelved after four years; probably because we could never attract Australia, South Africa or England at that time of the season.
We're big on tradition. So we'd like to start a new one, even if it is small-scale - remember, might oaks from small acorns grow. So what we're proposing is a Bloggers' Picnic, to be held on the first day of the autumn cricket test at the Basin. That, of course, means this Friday, when the Black Caps take the field against Ricky Ponting's Australian team.
We sent out an invitation to Facebook friends, and whilst the response has been a little underwhelming to date, we remain optimistic. The weather forecast for Wellington is encouraging; a mix of fine and cloudy periods, a dying norrtherly, and a top temperature of 20*; great picnic weather, considering the summer which Wellington has (or hasn't) endured!
So, if you're keen, drop us a line at Inventory2@gmail.com - we know a few people who are going to be there, and it would be great to catch up even in an informal manner, have an ale, a bite to eat, and tell a few war stories. Who knows; there might even be the opportunity for someone with a razor-sharp wit pass a comment towards Michael Clarke - according to the Dom-Post, he's expecting it, so we'd hate for him to be disappointed!
So - are you going to be there? Or will we have to say "Where the bloody hell were ya?"?