Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Well done to the Black Caps
Supporting the New Zealand cricket team is one of the hardest gigs in world sport. But when they do something extraordinary, all the frustrations are momentarily forgotten.
And they've just gone where no New Zealand cricket team has ever gone before; winning a series in South Africa. Following up from the unexpected win in Paarl on Saturday, the Black Caps have done it again, and beaten the Proteas by 27 runs at Kimberley to take an unbeatable two-nil lead in the three match series.
Kane Williamson was the batting hero, with a magnificent 145 not out off 136 balls to lead the Black Caps to 279 for eight from their 50 overs. In reply, South Africa was cruising at 167 for one before Graeme Smith was run out, becoming the first of five Saffer batsmen to perish in that fashion.
Given the capitulations in the test series, this is a fantastic result for New Zealand. But let's not pretend that all is sweetness and light.
Still, it's a moment to celebrate, and we congratulate Brendon McCullum and his team on a gutsy, fighting victory. All we ask of the Black Caps is that the team shows some bottle, and they have done that in this series in spades. We'll have more to say when our heart rate has slowed a little, but in the meantime, well done New Zealand!