Eventually all of my campaigns come to fruition. Tim Southee got included for the unlucky Tuffster and boy he heeded the call. When he was bowling the 17th over I completely lost it. Leeesque precision and nerves likes ropes. Cherry on top of the cream: he received the responsibility to keep Oz from scoring in the super over, delivered another outstanding performance and won NZ the match. Hopefully this on-and-off selection policy will come to an end and he gets called up more regularily now.
Taito on the other hand crumbled under the pressure and his mitching about was a bit hard to watch. IMHO Clarke had suffered a total brain lapse, any other bowler would have been more suitable for the job. My pick would have been Watson, alas, he wasn't playing, I think coughcoughharriscoughcough has nerves so he would have had to do the job for me. Dussey lookin good, too.
However, the Kiwis won because they were in possession of Brendon Whattheheckwasthat McCullum. The man with the most vomit-inducing tattoo ever did not only step up and fulfill my prophecies but he slayed. Retarded monkey laughter over here when he played his mindboggling scoop shots. He so deserved to break Chris Gayle's record, life is not fair. My respect for the little man has been growing continually but it's been a while since he was able to pull off a match-deciding knock. I'd be utterly thankful if the one New Zealander who reads this blog could enlighten me on the question why McC wasn't keeping? Hopkins was okay but the game clearly missed the rippers.
Another thing: I hereby call for UDRS in all formats. The assumption that umps only fred things up in tests does not appear logical to me and is, obviously, wrong.
T-Paine kicked some Vic butt and won the FR Cup nearly single-handed. The Vics have now lost the FRC final four times in a row, incl. three home defeats. I loled.