Whoever said a dream job wouldn't have its deep-breath moments must have been dreaming. Laura McGoldrick and Mark Richardson could set them straight. Thousands of cricket fans would happily stand at silly mid-on to have a crack at their jobs, travelling the country this long, hot summer to watch the game they worship and then talk about it to an audience of, oh, maybe, a mere one billion viewers during the cricketing world's ultimate event, the World Cup? "Hot diggity," as McGoldrick, 26, would say in her charming way.
The Warriors don't like to do things the easy way. With a star-studded team full of flair and a huge home crowd behind them, the cards were in their favour on day one of the Auckland Nines.