Silverdale residents Stephen and Julie Robertson had a slightly different BYC (backyard cricket) experience thanks to the team at HRV.
The competition was certainly a lot harder anyway.
To the delight of about 100 participants, BLACKCAPS players Kyle Mills, Reece Young, Tim Southee and Rob Nicol all turned up to get amongst the action in a fun, competitive day of BYC.
Winners of the HRV BYC competition, Stephen and Julie (and son Jasper) ,invite d neighbours, friends and a number of youth from their local church to the event, with everyone clearly having a great time and giving it their best shot against some of New Zealand’s best players.
The event was organised by HRV and gave the crowd a chance to see how the BLACKCAPS were able to handle the official BYC rules that fans had created in the summer.
The standard one-hand one-bounce rule was applied of course, but there was the added twist of two bounces and a head-butt to dismiss the batsmen as well. Reece Young found out that one didn’t come without risk, as on one occasion he face-planted in the dirt trying to get someone out.
Hells Pizza also came to the party, supplying everyone at the game with plenty of pizza and garlic bread. Everybody at the venue agreed it was just the refuel they needed.
There was enough time after the food break to give away a whole heap of awesome HRV Cup merchandise. Just about everybody walked away with a prize and were looking sharp in their new HRV merchandise.
It was a fun day to be had by all who attended, with the BLACKCAPS showing that their skills weren’t just limited to games at venues like Eden Park.