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‘Where’s the pitch?’ – Green wicket in New Zealand’s first-class tournament shocks fans

by Wisden Staff 2-minute read

Fans were left surprised by the green pitch used for the first round Plunket Shield – New Zealand’s first-class competition – encounter between Canterbury and Wellington at Basin Reserve.

The lush green pitch at the venue would have caused ripples of excitement among quicks on both the sides but unluckily for Wellington, the hosts, they were put in to bat first by Canterbury captain Cole McConchie and were bowled out for a paltry 65.

A look at the pitch, however, left many wondering whether 65 was actually above par score on the ground, with a fan claiming that even 40 was enough to put up a fight!

Some fans couldn’t even spot the strip – “Where is the pitch?” they asked. “It’s green everywhere”. Others were, quite rightfully, surprised that only three slips were in place. Surely a wicket like this demands a nine-man cordon! Another gentleman drew similarities between the Basin Reserve pitch and the lush green courts at Wimbledon.

While there were questions raised on the groundsman and the instructions passed on to him, one fan was kind enough to think about whether the groundsman lost his lawnmower during the lockdown. But still there were hordes of fans who just didn’t seem to spot the wicket! We wonder why.

As far as the match is concerned, Canterbury had made their way to 148-5 in their first innings by the end of second day’s play.

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