Cricket: The crowd goes mild

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Eden Park. Photo / Ezra Woods

Family-friendly protocols have hit unruly and offensive behaviour for six at the Cricket World Cup.

New controls put in place by the police and International Cricket Council (ICC) resulted in a win for the public. Just one arrest made by police at Auckland’s Eden Park on Saturday, and only 21 people were evicted from the stadium for inappropriate behaviour.

“We feel that the majority of the crowd was there to enjoy  the game, and enjoy the game they did,” says Inspector Peter Gibson, Auckland City Police Operational Commander for the Cricket World Cup.

The match between New Zealand and Australia was played before a packed house of over 40,000.

Alcohol limits, and harder guidelines, regarding unacceptable conduct introduced for the 2015 Cricket World Cup have had the desired impact.

The ICC also implemented strict penalties for people found to be breaching the code of conduct on racial or religious abuse.

“Overall the event ran smoothly and while there was some congestion experienced with moving the crowd in and out of the stadium before and after the game, from a Police perspective it can be considered a success,” says Gibson.

Attendees were pleased with the improvements. Glenn and his two sons from Ponsonby enjoyed the game and the environment. “I like it that’s its harder for people to get to pissed”, they shared, adding that cricket is now something he is more likely to come back to with his children.

Lights go on at Eden Park. Photo / Ezra Woods
Lights go on at Eden Park. Photo / Ezra Woods

Excitement and exhilaration abounded at the ground on Saturday.

First the Black Caps dismissed the Saggy Greens for the Lilliputian total of 151.

New Zealand’s innings began with a blast. Captain Brendon McCullum racing to 50 off just 21 balls. The Aussie quick bowlers struck ripping through the middle order, and the Kiwis held on for a nail-biting one wicket win.

 

 

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