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Five reasons to go to the cricket on Waitangi Day

25 Jan 2019

Ahhhh, summer and cricket – much like gin and tonic, or marmite on crumpets, the two are a perfect match.

Thankfully, this Waitangi Day you have the chance to see not one, but TWO amazing international grudge matches as both the WHITE FERNS and the BLACKCAPS go head to head with their respective Indian counterparts at Westpac Stadium. Here’s five reasons why you should head along:

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1. Drax Project

From busking on the streets of Wellington to opening for Ed Sheeran and winning Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Drax Project will be taking to another huge stage as they return for a one-off summer show in their hometown.

Part of a ‘festival of cricket’ vibe that will include special food offerings and other entertainment (detailed below), be sure to catch New Zealand’s latest superstars as they entertain the crowd between matches.

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2. An historic double-header

A rare event in New Zealand cricket history, both the WHITE FERNS and the BLACKCAPS will play on the same day, at the same venue in Wellington. Women’s cricket is surging in popularity and profile, as it should be with such talent on display, so don’t miss the chance to see the best of both genders battle it out with their Indian rivals on the field

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3. Best in the world

On that note, it’s well-known India is mad for cricket - but they have good reason to be. Their mens’ team is one of the, if not THE BEST in the world and spearheaded by the globe’s current best batsman across all formats, Virat Kohli. The BLACKCAPS are no slouches either, so when it comes to T20 we boast the No.2 ranked batsman in Colin Munro and the fourth best bowler with Ish Sodhi. All this adds up to a mouth-watering clash of cricketing superpowers.

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4. Food bazaar

Indian culture is one of the world’s richest, and the cuisine is beloved across the globe. To keep you fueled-up during the double-header, Westpac Stadium will be offering a special Indian-inspired menu alongside their usual fare. Think a dedicated curry outlet at Aisle 25 and a Food Bazaar opposite Aisle 27 with a range of street food including samosas, lassis, fresh roti, jaleebi and vegetarian briyani.

5. A local prodigy 

Hailing from a few stops up the Kāpiti line in Tawa, young allrounder Amelia Kerr has been turning heads even before making her debut for the WHITE FERNS at just age 17. Not content with simply making the team at such a young age, Kerr soon went on to set a world record last year by smashing an unbeaten 232 against Ireland in Dublin and topped it off by taking five wickets in the same match! Don’t miss the chance to see one of Wellington’s brightest cricket stars bamboozle the Indian batters with a few googlies (google it).

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International cricket is the epitome of the NZ summer experience.

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