Links on Friday

So much to enjoy here. The Beige. Richie commentating. Hadlee’s restrained chat. Botham having no idea what’s going on, but appearing pretty comfortable with it. Hadlee eventually getting bored with swinging it all around Botham’s bat and setting him up like a Vegas card counter. A typically un-sunsmart 80s crowd. The duck. Just watch.

The Guardian’s 50 favourite sport photographs of 2014.

Colorado Rapids / Fulham fan runs batshit Twitter campaign to get promotion / relegation into Major League Soccer. A former political operative, his strategy seems to be exhausting everyone on the internet into submission. No-one get any ideas.

Nike explains how they make their athlete’s signature shoes. And there’s this awesome John McEnroe pic.
IM13058_native_1600’s year in shonky mobile phone photos

Here’s a charge around the boundary of what I got up to in 2014, sport-wise. It mainly contains cricket and you can click the pictures to make them bigger if you so desire.

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Above and below – Whangarei’s Cobham Oval is a fine, fine ground, complete with its own ‘little Lord’s’ pavilion. Go visit if you can.

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28K at Eden Park for BLACKCAPS v India – how good is this World Cup going to be?

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I got to go to the World T20 in Bangladesh and played a round at the Chittagong Country Club – there were actual snakes in the grass.

In Dhaka airport, I found my spiritual home.

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Fatullah. Hotter than you can possibly imagine.

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Chittagong’s Hotel Agrabad serves ‘afternoon snacks’ in guest’s rooms. By god I could use this service in the office.

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Roll Taylor. He took it well.

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We visited the Forsyth Barr Stadium on the annual boy’s weekend. Recommended.

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Souvenir balls, which players get to keep after five wicket bags etc – these are verified by scorers then passed on to the players.

New Zealander gets hands on Cricket World Cup. *Twilight Zone music*

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This is what happens when a cricket ball gets smacked into the media box and you try and take a photo of the ensuing chaos and you don’t realise your phone is stuck on panorama. I think I captured the moment.

I liked what Harvey Norman did with their TVs here.

Fine ropey cricket memorabilia found in Mount Maunganui second hand book shop.

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Bruce Edgar doing lawn bowls. Geddit? I thought it was cool.

Me, post-match at the above lawn bowls event. Photo credit: @richardboock