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Welcome to HOT-SHOTS @ the BAY OVAL which is a column which looks back at the Black Caps and White Ferns at the Bay Oval, as we head into the 2022-23 season.

In this Bay Oval series we look backwards to Black Cap and White Ferns encounters through the eyes of those close to the action. After asking our individual guests to choose their favourite Black Cap or White Fern match, we then look at what unfolded in the game.

This time we catch up with Aaron Meek who has got up close and personal with many of the greats of the game, as a volunteer shed attendant at the Bay Oval. The now Auckland resident, travels back to Mount Maunganui to fulfill duties as gate-keeper to the players facilities, on the big days of international cricket at Blake Park.

A late bloomer as a player, Aaron played a few games in his air force days before his arrival in Mount Maunganui. Introduced to Mount twilight cricket around a decade ago, a (then young) MMCC legend in Nick Smith convinced him to play Western Bay grade cricket on a Saturday. "I met, socialised with, and are proud to have been associated with a fine bunch of Lads and Wags". 

Aaron's achievements in the Green and Gold strip, include a season as MMCC Club Captain, keeping the Mount troops in line. On the field of play he earned the MMCC Player of the Year award in the 2015/16 season, with seven wickets for 39 runs in B Grade action.


Black Caps v India, ODI - 26 January 2019

"To meet one of the greatest players to play the game is a dream of every young (and old) cricketer, but to be in the presence of two is simply unexplainable. Meeting, sitting and yarning with cricket royalty still blows me away."

“MS Dhoni is one of the greatest wicket keepers and closers you will ever witness (and most humblest and quietest of men). I mean the stumping of Ross Taylor - how good was that". 

"As for Virat (Kohli), he is the puppet master. The way he holds attention in the sheds is astonishing, his banter game is on point and not a moment passes when he isn't boosting morale of his young students.......unless he is next in, then the intent changes on his face and he knows what is needed"."A quick fire forty odd to see India amass a total of 324-4, was a master class from two masters of the game".


The Indian cricket team toured New Zealand in January and February 2019, playing five One Day Internationals and the three T20 Internationals. The ODI fixtures, were part of both teams preparations for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. India won the ODI series 4-1, while the Black Caps came back to emerge victorious from the T20I series with a 2-1 victory.

The ODI games two and three, were played at the Bay Oval on the 26th and 28th January 2019, with Indian taking out both encounters in the Western Bay of Plenty.

India won the toss in Game Two and elected to bat. The opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Shawan put huge pressure on the Black Cap bowlers, posting a 154 run opening stand, before Dhawan was caught behind by Tom Latham off the bowling of Trent Boult, with 66 runs in the book. Sharma carried on to top score with 87 off 96 balls, with India at 172/5, when the opener fell.

Indian Captain Virat Kohli gave the Bay Oval fans a rare treat, as he stroked his way to 43 off 45 balls, in innings that included five boundaries. Ambati Ravudu, continued his sides momentum in compiling a crisp 47 at a little better than a run a ball, before being caught and bowled by Lockie Fergusson.

Batting at five, MS Dhoni was all class in belting 48 runs off just 33 at a strike rate of 145 (per one hundred balls). A 53 run partnership with Kedar Jadhay took India through to an impressive 324 for the loss of four wickets.

Trent Boult and Lockie Fergusson, took two wickets apiece, with Boult bringing up his 400th Black Cap wicket across all forms of the game.

New Zealand was on the back foot from the get-go, when Martin Guptil was dismissed for 15, with the home side having just 23 runs on the board. Colin Munro (31), skipper Kane Williamson (20) and Ross Taylor (22), all got starts without carrying on, with New Zealand in some trouble at 100 for the loss of four wickets.

Tom Latham blunted the Indian bowling attack belting 34 off 32 balls. Henry Nicholls reached 28, before being removed, with Colin de Grandhomme dismissed cheaply. It was left to Doug Bracewell to give his side some respectability in posting his sides top score of 57. Ish Sodhi was dismissed without scoring a run, with Lockie Fergusson and Trent Boult getting into double figures, as the Black Caps were bowled out for 234 some 91 runs short of their target.

The Indian bowlers strangled the Black Caps attempts to hit out, with the lack of a big partnership, costing the New Zealand team dearly. Kuldeep Yaday skittled the Black Caps middle order to finish with four wickets at a cost of 45 runs while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and YS Chahal both took two wickets.

New Zealand v India @ Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui 26 January 2019

India 324/4 (RG Sharma 87, S Dhawan 66, MS Dhoni 48no, AT Ravudu 47, V Kohli 43; TA Boult 2/61, LH Ferguson 2/81) defeated New Zealand 234 (DAJ Bracewell 57, TWM Latham 34, C Munro 31; Kuldeep Yadav 4/45, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/42, YS Chahal 2/52)

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