As Ross Taylor sweetly drove Raymon Reifer to the Seddon Park fence, you just knew that wherever Martin Crowe was, he was smiling, writes Matt Richens.
It was the 770th boundary of Taylor's 10-year test cricket career, but it would have been the late Crowe's favourite.
Not only did it bring up Taylor's 17th test century and draw the 33-year-old level with Crowe's (and Kane Williamson's) New Zealand record of 17 test tons, but it portrayed everything Crowe wanted batting to be about and everything he hoped Taylor would become as a batsman.
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It was along the ground and showed the full-face - great dad tips for a start.
Crowe would have liked that, but also how the Central Districts right-hander built his innings and just continues to score runs with ease.
As Crowe was in his pomp, Taylor is a man in control at the crease and only a rare lapse or a piece of brilliance from the opposition looks likely to get him out.
When Taylor first represented New Zealand his bat might as well have been a sledgehammer or a hockey stick.
His strengths were his eye, his timing and the ability to hit the ball very, very hard and often through mid-wicket.
That was never Crowe's way. Batting for Crowe was art. He was arrogant about it too, he was a hard-working classical batsman who respected the game and he wanted others to do the same.
His bat could have as easily been a painter's brush or a sculptor's tool.
And those are now weapons Taylor possesses. He still has the power - the type Crowe could only ever have dreamed of - but he picks his battles.
Instead of bludgeoning an attack, he chips away at them and before they know it - death by a thousand paper cuts.
Knowing that would make Crowe smile more than any slog-sweep ever could.
Taylor teared up while being interviewed by friend, former New Zealand keeper now commentator Ian Smith, yesterday and it's fair to assume Crowe would have too had he not passed away in March 2016.
I interviewed New Zealand's best batsman in June 2013 while he was battling follicular lymphoma. He was peddling his book Raw and said he'd rather not talk about cricket.
It was just after Taylor had been dumped as captain in favour of Brendon McCullum and Crowe was dirty and blamed his cancer on the stress of the situation.
But when we started talking about Taylor's batting, Crowe perked up.
While he'd been grumbly and short talking about New Zealand Cricket and showing signs of having had enough of a long-book tour, the topic of Taylor was like his double-shot espresso (he drank green tea).
He felt Taylor was close to turning a corner and "got" batting. Their mentor-protege relationship had succeeded.
Revitalised himself, Crowe was now sitting on the edge of his seat pointing out how Taylor was now a more balanced player with the ability to score all around the wicket without slowing down.
I couldn't get a word in. He shadow-batted Taylor's strengths. And smiled.
Crowe stopped short of patting himself on the back and though it was implied some of the credit should be aimed his way, he heaped praise on Taylor for all the hard work the man himself had done on the field, in the nets and in his own mind.
Their working relationship officially ended before Crowe got sick, he said.
"He has the grasp, he's a very good batsman, but I told him he could always call me as a mate."
The pair reportedly stayed in touch and talked about their love of cricket and red wine.
I'd like to think as Taylor was raising a glass of something special in Hamilton last night, his mate 'Hogan' was doing the same right back at him.
120 v England, Hamilton 2008
154* v England, Manchester 2008
151 v India, Napier 2009
107 v India, Wellington 2009
138 v Australia, Hamilton 2010
122* v Zimbabwe, Napier 2012
113 v India, Bengaluru 2012
142 v Sri Lanka, Colombo 2012
217* v West Indies, Dunedin 2013
129 v West Indies, Wellington 2013
131 v West Indies, Hamilton 2013
104 v Pakistan, Dubai 2014
290 v Australia, Perth, 2015
173* v Zimbabwe, Bulawayo 2016
124* v Zimbabwe. Bulawayo 2016
102* v Pakistan, Hamilton 2016
107* v West Indies, Hamilton 2017
100 v England, Wellington 1984
188 v West Indies, Georgetown 1985
188 v Australia, Brisbane 1985
137 v Australia, Christchurch 1986
106 v England, Lord's 1986
119 v West Indies, Wellington 1987
104 v West Indies, Auckland 1987
137 v Australia, Adelaide 1987
143 v England, Wellington 1988
174 v Pakistan, Wellington 1989
113 v India, Auckland 1990
108* v Pakistan, Lahore 1990
299 v Sri Lanka, Wellington 1991
140 v Zimbabwe, Harare 1992
107 v Sri Lanka, Colombo 1992
142 v England, Lord's 1994
115 v England, Manchester 1994