Kenya trounced, but it's still a fine day out for fans

"I'm really excited to see them, but we are crossing our fingers,"

Last updated 07:51 14/01/2014
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Nai Neto, Ikpeme and daughter Eno, 1 spent the day watching the cricket.

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It's not the result they wanted, but Ikpeme and Nai Neto, and daughter Eno, 1, still made a family day of it at New Plymouth's Pukekura Park yesterday.

They set up next to the scoreboard, with sun hats and picnic blankets, to watch Papua New Guinea play Kenya in the World Cup cricket qualifying tournament. Mrs Neto, who is from Kenya, was enjoying watching her country play.

"I'm really excited to see them, but we are crossing our fingers," she said.

She said she was worried Papua New Guinea player Lega Siaka would lead his team to victory in the world cup qualifier game.

"Kenya is a really strong team. We weren't expecting this from Papua New Guinea, but it's a good day out," she said as they watched the team from the Pacific chase down Kenya's score.

Mr Neto, who is from Nigeria and is a doctor at Taranaki Base Hospital, had taken the day off to watch the cricket, but he joked that he wasn't worried about getting caught out with picture in the paper.

"I didn't pull a sickie," he said, smiling.

The pair said they loved watching the game and thought Pukekura Park was a beautiful venue. "They've done a great job, it's a really nice place for a small community," Mr Neto said.

They spent part of Sunday walking through the park taking photos and had their daughter's first birthday at the new playground in December.

The cricket match began at 10.30am and was temporarily rained out for a period before it was restarted in the afternoon.

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