Record-breaking crowds for Fill The Basin

The cricket was electrifying, the weather behaved and the crowd that emerged for Sunday’s ‘Fill The Basin’ certainly didn’t disappoint.

Just under 3,500 people attended the Basin Reserve on
Sunday after Cricket Wellington opened the gates and offered free entry for the
Burger King Super Smash double-header between Wellington and Canterbury.

It was the
largest attendance at a domestic cricket match at the Basin Reserve since 2011
and the biggest recorded crowd so far in this year’s Burger King Super Smash
competition.

Cricket
Wellington CEO Cam Mitchell said he hoped the day would encourage fans to keep
coming back.

“We strive to
create outstanding cricket experiences for the people of Wellington and
Sunday’s electric atmosphere and exciting cricket definitely achieved that. We
want to bring the crowds back to domestic cricket and hope to see everyone back
at the Basin 4pm this Saturday.”

2000 people
were in attendance for the Wellington Blaze’s final round-robin match of the
competition against the Canterbury Magicians, another record – the biggest ever
crowd for a domestic women’s match in New Zealand.

The crowd were
rewarded for braving the early Wellington wind and witnessed a nail-biting
encounter that saw the Blaze get over the line and chase down the Magicians
score in the final over and keep their final’s hopes alive.

In the men’s
match the record-crowd were treated to even more fireworks.

Firebirds
opener Michael Bracewell got the home side off to a flyer with an electric 69
off 34 balls including five 4’s and seven 6’s to help his team reach 200 off
their 20 overs.

The Firebirds
bowling unit ripped through the Kings batting line-up and wrapped the match up
early as the Wellington sun set, despite a late fight from Canterbury skipper
Cole McConchie.

Wellington
Blaze captain and Cricket Wellington general manager of engagement Liz Perry
said it was special to see such a level of support for domestic cricket.

“Fill
the Basin was born out of a desire to give back to our fans for their support
and to reinvigorate the cricket watching experience. To have over 3,500 in
attendance was incredible and the atmosphere that was created has truly blown
us away.

This year’s
Super Smash attendances at the Basin Reserve have underlined the development
and growth of cricket in the region in the past year.

Last year 4,622
people attended the Basin Reserve across the Firebird’s five home matches.

In comparison, 5,435
have already passed through the Basin gates this summer for two matches and
Cricket Wellington are hoping Sunday’s memorable day out will help crowds grow throughout
the summer.

“To see months of planning come to life and with 2,000 fans
in for the Blaze match is testament to the work put in behind the scenes. We
want to set the example at Cricket Wellington and create outstanding cricket
experiences for Wellingtonians; and the 6th is something we are really proud
of,” said Perry.

The Basin
Reserve plays host to its third Super Smash match of the summer this Saturday
as the Firebirds take-on the top-of-the-table Knights at 4.10pm. Tickets are
$15 for adults and $5 for children – entry is free for Wellington junior club
and college cricket players.

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