Since I’ve slagged off before the amateur-hour administrators at Eden Park who’ve so often contrived to make Eden Park the Home of Mediocrity, let me praise them now for the mature attitude they’ve taken during the first test cricket match the Park has hosted for seven years.
In short, they’ve done well.
The patronising ground announcements have gone. The scoreboards are providing advertising and scoreboard information, and not instead of. The overbearing Eden Park security staff, normally completely unaware they’re not policing a prison and that people are coming along to the park to enjoy themselves, all seem to have taken a chill pill. They’ve allowed England’s terraces trumpeter to entertain the troops. Families are allowed to enjoy their own lunches, bringing in chilly bins, picnic baskets and thermos flasks. And just like old times, at lunch times the ground is opened up to children (and big children) to wander out and hit a ball around themselves.
Mind you, they did confiscate a beach ball.
Still, it’s been a great few days at the Park, with (hopefully) a great result to come.