Yesterday in Hamilton, New Zealand, two blind cricket matches were played. The first was between Bay of Plenty and Waikato, with Bay of Plenty coming away winners. The second match saw Bay of Plenty back in action, this time against Manukau South. Bay of Plenty was unable to repeat their winning performance.
Both matches featured a lot of new players with little experience. The matches gave encouragement to the organizers about the growth of the sport in New Zealand. The event was organized by a volunteer force, that among other things, drove players to Hamilton from Tauranga and Auckland, scoring games, and organizing a social event after the matches.
Bay of Plenty and Waikato have played before, with the match taking place in November of last year. In that game, Bay of Plenty won 97 / 4 to 75 / 4.