23 Mar 2010

Groundsman bowled over at the Basin

1:23 pm on 23 March 2010

Wellington's famous wind whistled through the Basin Reserve cricket test between New Zealand and Australia, creating a bit of a storm on Monday.

Strong winds hit the lower North Island and the top of the South Island, with north-west gales gusting up to 130 km/h.

A groundsman was injured when a ground cover became a massive sail in a wind gust, while Sky Television's cameras were blown around so much that one appeal to the TV umpire could not go ahead, and a roller moved of its own accord.

The Black Caps fared better in the windy conditions during the fourth day of the first test and bad light meant at least two hours of play was lost, helping their cause.

Play resumed on Tuesday under blue skies and sunshine, with Australia beating New Zealand by 10 wickets before lunch on the fifth day.

The visitors needed only 106 runs, dismissing the Black Caps for 407 in their second innings, with Brendon McCullum top-scoring with 104, his fifth test century.

The second and final test starts in Hamilton on Saturday.