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111 Days to go - Nelson, New Zealand

India Infoline News Service | Mumbai | October 30, 2014 16:09 IST

With just 111 days to go until Nelson hosts its first match in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, it's a perfect time to 111 Days To Go - Nelson, New Zealandintroduce everyone to a very appropriate cricketing tradition - The 'Nelson'

With just 111 days to go until Nelson hosts its first match in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, it's a perfect time to 111 Days To Go - Nelson, New Zealandintroduce everyone to a very appropriate cricketing tradition - The 'Nelson'.

The Nelson

A long-held cricketing superstition termed 'Nelson' applies to team or individual scores of 111 or multiples of it (known as double nelson, triple nelson, etc.).  It is thought to refer to Lord Nelson's lost eye, arm and leg but this is not historically accurate as Nelson never lost a leg. Speculation is rife about what the remaining "1" might represent but that only adds to the intrigue.

Some players believe bad things will happen on that score. It may be considered unlucky because the number resembles a wicket without bails.

English Umpire David Shepherd made popular the longstanding practice of raising a leg or legs from the ground on Nelson in an effort to avoid ill fate. When crowds noticed this, they would cheer his leg-raising.

Now to add to the fun of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, the whole community is urged to 'do the Nelson'...in Nelson, New Zealand.

There'll be plenty of opportunities to take part in this odd tradition, not only at the games but all the other activities that are planned in our city for the Festival of Cricket that will be surrounding the matches.

Festival of Cricket
Starting on Saturday 14 February, when New Zealand and Sri Lanka play the opening game in Christchurch, you can join the fun of School children inviting travellers for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
the Festival of Cricket to celebrate the start of tournament.
The Festival is Nelson's chance to enjoy some fun activities during the best part of our summer and showcase our city to visitors, tournament teams and the world.

Come join the giant Nelson 111 Street Party including a massive Market Day, local wine, beer and food , plus a giant screen at the top of Trafalgar Street to watch the opening game of the tournament live. It will all add to the excitement of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Nelson, New Zealand.

Kids' cricket and beach cricket
The kids are not being forgotten. There is a children's cricket tournament and fun day at Tahunanui Sportsground followed the next day by that classic Kiwi favourite, a beach cricket tournament so everyone can get out and enjoy summer sport at the beach.
Keep an eye for other events that will be happening as the time draws near. We'd also love to hear about other events that groups in the community have planned so please let us know what you are thinking of doing.

Visit the giant ball
The Giant Cricket Ball in NelsonThe giant cricket ball that is counting down the days until the tournament is now at Bowater Hyundai on the corner of Rutherford and Hardy Streets. Hyundai is one of the main tournament sponsors and the team would love you to pop in to see, sign or take a photo with the ball.  It really is big!

Trophy Tour
You can come face to face with and even get your photo taken with the Cricket World Cup trophy. It's making its way around the host cities and will be here in Nelson on Thursday 20 November. Venues and times will be confirmed nearer to the day.

Get your tickets
There's a feast of cricket action coming to our very own Saxton Oval. But there's no need to choose just one match. With ticket prices so affordable, from $5 for children and $20 for adults, you could go to all three!
Monday 16 Feb West Indies v Ireland
Thursday 19 Feb Zimbabwe v United Arab Emirates
Thursday 5 Mar Bangladesh v Scotland

Grab your tickets now at cricketworldcup.com and give the visiting teams the support and great playing atmosphere that Saxton Oval is becoming famous for.
 

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