Sunday, January 30, 2011

Mark Pirie's new poem At the Basin

The following poem of mine appeared in The Wellingtonian, Letters section, 27 January 2011:


At the Basin

For Daniel Vettori

At the Basin
Guptill’s out caught behind.
Ryder’s in,
then gone, wrong frame of mind.

Who’ll steady the ship,
bail us out? Vettori’s in
ready to shoot from the hip
at the Basin.

NZ v Pakistan, Basin Reserve, Test Match, 15-19 January 2011

Poem © Mark Pirie 2011

A week later Ryder redeemed himself ahead of the World Cup with a quick-fire 50 in the first ODI against Pakistan. Vettori made 110 at the Basin in the New Zealand first innings of 356, his 6th Test century.

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