In the Media

Behind the Scenes at Bay Oval No 4

We continue chatting to “OUR” people from the Bay of Plenty Cricket community, who greatly assist to make the Bay Oval Internationals a roaring success each summer – catching up with Greerton CC Club Captain “Wazza”, who had one of the best seats in the house when the Black Caps took on India in game one.

The Greerton CC administrator, answered a NZ Cricket request, for a volunteer to assist with running the Rebel Sport Boundary Rider program during the day/night match.

Potential Boundary Riders aged between ten and fourteen years of age, entered a NZC competition, where the winners would sit behind the boundary hoardings during ODI and Twenty 20 Internationals matches in Napier, Mount Maunganui, Wellington, Auckland and Hamilton – to return hard-struck balls during the matches.

The young winners received an experience of a lifetime. They received official accreditation, a boundary rider tee shirt and cap plus NZ Cricket giveaways and the opportunity to capture selfies and grab autographs from players from both sides.

A long day kicked off for “Wazza” when he was met outside the Bay Oval entrance just before noon, escorted inside and given his accreditation and a shirt and cap. "Our supervisor for the day was Richard from NZ Cricket who brought me up to speed with our day's activities. We then went for a walk around the ground between the advertising hoardings and the picket fence, to identify and set out the four boundary rider stations".

The eight youngsters that were selected for the Bay Oval game each brought a friend and were accompanied by parent/s. "Our excited boundary riders arrived and we walked then around the boundary to show them their stations and explained to them that each group would change over at ten over intervals".

The boundary riders and parents, received some of the best seating at the ground, right next to the player entrance gate to the field. "All the boundary riders assembled on the field in front of the players for the national anthems". "It was a bit of a scramble to get them off the field and the first group to their stations, but we successfully accomplished it within the required two minutes".

Comments from the young boundary riders ranged from “awesome to be here" to "the best part was being on the field with the players for the national anthems". However the most feedback came from the boundary riders who were stationed in front of the Indian fan zone and interacted with the very vocal Indian supporters.

After the game, the tired but still excited boundary riders got to catch autographs from players from both sides. "The players were brilliant after the match with autographs and selfies and also chatting with the fans". "Doug Bracewell was outstanding, giving the kids high fives as he came and went from the field and one of the last to go into the dressing room after the match".

The day finished for the Greerton Cricket Club volunteer with the cleanup around twelve hours after first arriving at the Bay Oval. "I thought that NZ Cricket did the Boundary Rider promotion exceptionally well, with Richard from NZ Cricket having our day go off without a hitch”. “There was a real buzz in the air all day and a fantastic atmosphere generated by the very vocal Indian fans".




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