The Blackcaps faced their first defeat in the series of one-day internationals against Sri Lanka at the Saxton Oval today.
The Sri Lankans won by eight wickets, leaving the overall series score at 2-1 to the Black Caps.
While the Black Caps’ highlights went to Guptill and Latham, the Sri Lankan team were solid with disciplined bowling, good fielding and brilliant batting.
While most of the eager Nelson crowd were strong Black Caps fans, a good day and a lot of sunshine was had by all.
Local Margaret Power is an avid cricket fan and had a good time supporting the Black Caps with some friends.
“We got worried when they doubled our runs early on but it’s been a lovely day,” says Margaret. “I like the one-dayers, and we’ll definitely be back on Saturday.”
Sri Lankan fan, Channa Gunasekera says Nelson’s Sri Lankan community is made up of 50-60 people, 40 of which made it to the match to support their boys.
“It’s turned out to be a great day and a good chase.”
The Saxton Oval was packed with people, reaching it’s biggest crowd ever.
Nelson Cricket’s Richard Haywood says although they haven’t had the final numbers yet, around 5000 people turned up to watch the match.
“The crowd was brilliant, it was a typical Nelson crowd, they just came and enjoyed the game, had a few drinks, watched the cricket, cheered and relaxed on the embankments. It’s a good way to lead into the new year”
On Saturday at the Saxton Oval, the Black Caps will have a shot at redemption in the final clash between the two teams.
However, the weather is calling into question whether or not the match will go ahead. Nelson fans and organisers are keeping their fingers crossed.