Day 1 Report: November 1, 2003
10:00 AM. The first score is in.
The Australian pairing of Trevor Bassett and Simon Hockey are the first to finish a game in the 2003 MacRobertson Shield, taking game 1 from NZ’s John Prince and Brian Wislang by the score of 26tp (Bassett).
It’s a glorious south Florida day—partly cloudy and breezy, and neither too hot nor too humid. The breeze and the reasonably quick pace of the lawns appear to be providing enough of a challenge to make up for the forgiving hoops.
12:00 PM. First match completed.
The first completed match of the 2003 Series goes to Forster and Meatheringham (AUS) over Bryant and Parkinson (NZ), with a pair of triples by Forster (17tp, 26tp).
Fleming and Clarke (AUS) have finally finished their first game with Garrison and Bulloch, after a brief 2-ball finish with Clarke for rover and Bulloch for 2.
The breeze has freshened, and most matches seem to be slowing down.
12:45 PM. USA lead GB 1-0.
Fournier and Drake won 26tp (F), 7 against Burrow and Mulliner. This marks the first time the United States have led Great Britain in the MacRobertson Shield.
2:25 PM. Aussie Aussie Aussie
All six of today’s matches have finished, all in two games. The Australians lead 3-0 over New Zealand, while Great Britain has pulled ahead of the United States 2-1.