Dunedin catches cricket fever

Alex Samuels  lines up a catch at the University Oval yesterday. Photo: Gerard O'Brien
Alex Samuels lines up a catch at the University Oval yesterday. Photo: Gerard O'Brien
Will he? Won’t he? Mosgiel 7-year-old Alex Samuels lines up a catch during a cricket promotion at the University Oval yesterday.

Just 30m away, the Black Caps were preparing for today’s One-Day International against Pakistan and were unaware of the unfolding drama.

New Zealand leads 2-0 and can clinch the series win with a victory in game three.

Kane Williamson’s team is enjoying a golden summer at home. The side has won nine games in a row across three formats and is  playing some terrific cricket.

But the captain is not letting the success cloud the team’s focus.

"It is a nice outcome . . . and something for you guys to talk about, which is cool," he said.

"We’re proud of that but it is definitely not a focus for us . . . it is about improving and getting better as a unit."

The Black Caps are undefeated at the University Oval in five ODIs and eight tests, so it has been a productive venue.

And they will have a bumper crowd (4500) behind them, with the match selling out on Thursday.

The weather forecast has moved from promising earlier in the week to a little bit of a concern. Last night the MetService was predicting cloud, the odd shower and fine periods during the afternoon with a high of 20degC.

By the way, Alex hovered under that catch for what seemed like an eternity as it swirled in the northeast breeze.

He did everything right but the ball eluded his grasp. Next time, mate.

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