Monday, March 21, 2011
Wellingtonian – Mark Pirie’s Martin Crowe poem
Prior to the Earthquake Relief Cricket Match at the Basin, my poem on Martin Crowe’s dismissal for 299 appeared in The Wellingtonian (10 March 2011), the community newspaper edited by Joseph Romanos in
. The poem was first published by Tony Chad in his poetry mag Valley Micropress (April 2009) and also appears in the anthologies ESAW Christmas Surprise 2009 and A Tingling Catch: Wellington
When Crowe neared a triple,
cans flew in celebration.
He wouldn’t do it, said one.
The board read 299,
The hush implied a triple.
He needed just the one,
to dab it, play it cool.
It was going to be a spectacle.
Greatbatch watched, ready to run.
But oh – he snicked one.
Poem © Mark Pirie 2009
vs New Zealand , First Test, Jan 31- Sri Lanka Feb 4, 1991. During the match Andrew Jones (186) and Martin Crowe (299) combined for a then World Record partnership of 467 for the Third Wicket. Crowe’s 299 is the Highest Test Score by a batsman. The record was later surpassed by K C Sangakarra and Mahela Jayawardene’s partnership of 624 for New Zealand against Sri Lanka , South Africa , Colombo 27 July 2006. Mark Greatbatch was at the non-striker’s end when Crowe was finally dismissed.