Against the backdrop of the gathering Northern gloom the Cobham Oval’s scoreboard stoically offered a beacon of hope. “Cricket, Where Anything Can Happen!”

How very true. Sadly today in the Northern District’s capital, Whangarei (Pronounced Fun-Gary, apparently. Hello Mr McCafferty!) this happened…..


Cue a well-worn playlist of rain related songs from the venue’s PA system. At the start of the tenth over, with the New Zealand XI 69-1, play was abandoned for the day. The match has been hastily re-arranged for tomorrow with a further fixture scheduled for Wednesday.

England and their supporters, of which there quite a few here in Whangarei, will hope this isn’t portentous for the rest of their time here.