There hasn't been much action here on the hobby front of late because the cricket World Cup - which is now on in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh - has been taking up quite a bit of my time. As a kiwi I follow the New Zealand team, so I was extremely pleased to see them get past one of the tournament favourites, South Africa, in a testing quarter-final the other night.
It is not always easy being a follower of New Zealand cricket. Our sides have tended to be made of up honest triers and the odd player capable of turning a game on its head. New Zealanders have attempted to make up for lack of talent with grit and nous, but a rash of premature retirements during former coach John Bracewell's time in charge set the team back a long way, and it still hasn't really recovered from that.
Still, it's moments like these that we must dare to hope that this might just be the time that they make it through to a World Cup final, and give themselves a chance of glory!