It was something to behold to be part of nearly 7000 people at the spectacular setting of Mount Maunganui's Bay Oval on Tuesday. The cricketers played their part with a riveting game. It went to the wire and had the happy ending of the series win for the Black Caps. Two of the stars were from Tauranga and played cricket together at intermediate school.
Tuesday's match made me proud to be from Tauranga.Kane Williamson captained the team with the coolness under pressure of a far more experienced leader and batted superbly, while Trent Boult took three Sri Lankan wickets to fall. On the grassy banks around the oval, the sentiment was overwhelmingly positive about the family-friendly sports experience. Well done to everyone involved with organising the day and providing a variety of good food outlets, bouncy castles for kids with short attention spans and the lunchtime entertainer. Thanks to the friendly volunteers for keeping everyone nicely spaced on the banks, parking cars and taking tickets at the gate. It was appreciated. Read more: One on one with Black Cap Kane Williamson