You have probably never met someone more excited about grass than Mike Davies.
The light at the end of the tunnel has just emerged in time for Otago's maiden day-night first-class match in Wellington next week.
Martin Guptill produced New Zealand's individual highest chasing innings of 180 not out to secure a seven-wicket victory over South Africa in Hamilton tonight.
The Black Caps have lost the toss and are bowling first in the fourth one-day international against South Africa in Hamilton.
Anaru Kitchen carried Otago to its first Plunket Shield win of the season with a rousing undefeated century at Cobham Oval, in Whangarei, yesterday.
New Zealand find themselves in precisely the position they didn't want to be in.
Retired test paceman Ryan Harris will be tasked with developing Australia's next generation of fast bowlers as high performance coach at the National Cricket Centre academy in Brisbane, Cricket Australia confirmed
After a day of peaks and valleys yesterday, Otago's Plunket Shield match against Northern Districts in Whangarei is evenly poised.
North East Valley 110 lost toAlbion 115 for two by eight wickets
Teenage pace bowler Nathan Smith has got Otago in the battle with his maiden first-class five-wicket bag.
A tremendous century from Amy Satterthwaite has put the White Ferns in a prime position to break a 18-year ODI series drought against Australia.
Martin Guptill is set to make a timely return for the fourth one-day international between New Zealand and South Africa at Hamilton on Wednesday.
The Black Caps are staring down the prospect of their first home ODI series defeat since 2014 as they prepare for the fourth match against South Africa.
Left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe picked up 12 wickets as Australia thrashed India by 333 runs in the opening test in Pune.
South Africa have eased to a 159-run victory over New Zealand in the third one-day international.
Otago has been decimated by injuries and will take on Northern Districts in Whangarei today with nothing to lose.
Australia are in command of the first test against India after 15 wickets fell on a bowler-dominated second day.
Jacob Duffy is back from bowling boot camp and makes a welcome return to the Otago side.
Former Black Cap Mathew Sinclair allowed himself to be defined by his cricket ability for 20 years. When he retired in 2013 he suddenly had to reinvent himself and it was a deeply humbling experience.
Matt Renshaw showed an unprecedented level of subcontinent experience beyond his years in Pune, where Australia reached 256 for nine at stumps on day one of their first test against India.