James Franklin

Around The Ground Report: Zimbabwe vs New Zealand, 1st T20

The Embankment, is the new boy on the block still trying to find his feet and his own identity. These fans pose for a photo and promised to be back on Monday for the love of the game.
The big scoop for today was getting the man himself Mr Ozias Bvute (Bha-voo-tee as it was pronounced in school...) Now we have a face to the name.
Brian Strang also wandered past the lens
Shingirai Masakadza almost looks mad. Probably thinking if I get another shot…
NZ and Zim Supporters on top of the Northcliffe Heights condos. Prime residential flats on the outskirts of the Avenues, Harare's red light district.
The camera at square leg
An airplane flies past the ground. Soon Zimbabwe will have 9 new airlines flying into Zimbabwe, including Emirates (which had a stand at Sanganai Toursim Expo) Quantas, KLM to name a few.
James Franklin standing at the Boundary which was pushed in by about 10 metres!
Kids playing Electric Wicket! Played with one batsmen and when you run you can stump either wicket so long as you out of your crease you will be out!
A dejected Wales rugby fan. If he was supporting Zimbabwe today I really feel sorry for him.
Two random fans who wouldn't leave without a photo, regardless of where it was going as I had told them it was going into the H-Metro (Harare's daily scandalous paper).
Fun for the kids as there was a big inflatable pool complete with rowing boats.
ZC merchandise for sale.
Brendon McCaullum and Martin Gupital ready for another onslaught. I have to admit I enjoyed watching these two going about their business. Clinical.
Dairboard nourishes the nation! Two ice cream vendors.

First and foremost would like to pass our condolences to Vusi Sibanda who lost his mother this morning. Thats why all the players were wearing black arm bands, and white in the case of New Zealand.

The ground was packed today,the atmosphere was great and the fans were in a festive mood, but the joy was short lived and by the time NZ came out all guns blazing, the fans were discontented and frustrated with the drop catches and lack of wickets.

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