In the Media
Beyond the Bay Oval Lights 5
Edition Five – November 2019
One man that was a flurry of activity on the Bay Oval terraces, in the countdown to the first ball in the historic Black Caps verses England test, was Howzat Travel Tour Manager Nick Joyce.
The big Howzat tour leader who couldn't be missed in his distinctive red shirt, quietly and efficiently went about seating his tour charges, in readiness for the first test at a ground that was a wasteland a decade and a half ago.
Howzat Travel is the UK number one England Cricket Supporter’s Tour Operator. If there is an England test match anywhere in the world, Howzat Travel who was formed 15 years ago, will be there.
Howzat brought 80 England fans to New Zealand, with the first group going north to the Bay of Island for several days of R&R, before crisscrossing the country following the Twenty 20 series.
"Our party arrived in Auckland two days before the first day's play at the Bay Oval. We have 62 on the test match leg of the tour, coming from throughout the UK plus a couple flying in from Los Angles to join us in Auckland".
"The oldest on the trip is Ron who is eighty years of age, who was joined by his grandson from Sydney for the Bay Oval test, before flying home".
The Howzat tour of New Zealand is a relatively small tour, with the England tour of South Africa following hot on the heels of the New Zealand odyssey, attracting a very big following of English cricket fans . "Howzat Travel is taking some 650 England cricket fans to South Africa during the four Tests, three ODI’s and three T20 series". "We have 18 tour managers, spread over the three forms of the games series, with groups arriving and departing throughout the December to February tour".
Nick has done 15 Howzat tours to all corners of the globe. "I have been to all the major cricket playing nations of the world except Pakistan who now play their home games in Dubai”.
When questioned on his favourite place to tour he without hesitation plumped for New Zealand. "I have been here three times and love the place. It is a sporting nation, has a temperate climate, has interesting things to see and do and always produces competitive cricket".
Nick was full of praise for the Bay Oval. "The Bay Oval is a delight with its grassy banks and you can walk right around the ground. There is a relaxed atmosphere like our country grounds at home". “The entire crew at the Bay Oval has been brilliant to deal with, accommodating our every request, with nothing being be too hard to fix".
"We are looking forward to the Hamilton test then some of us head to the South Island for a week of sightseeing before heading home".