Cricket fans with a penchant for caravans and quirky observation rejoice – The Alternative Commentary Collective’s cricket commentary returns when New Zealand take on South Africa at Mt Maunganui on Tuesday.
The ACC delivers eccentric ball-by-ball commentary and offbeat analysis to New Zealand cricket fans all around the world, via a dedicated stream on iHeartRadio.co.nz.
Captain Jeremy Wells said the team was preparing to take up residence in a 1975 Sprite Alpine caravan that will be on the boundary rope at all of this summer’s home one-day international matches.
“Seven reasonably unhygienic grown men in 8 sq m of caravan becomes a war of attrition after eight hours. It all looks incredibly glamorous with our expensive Hallenstein’s suits and ties, but it’s gruelling work. And we have to do it 12 times this summer.”
Wells said he was confident the team could do a decent follow-up to last season’s commentary debut.
“We’re sick of talking about Difficult Second Album Syndrome and we’re keen to avoid it. New Zealand hasn’t lost a game since we’ve been in the caravan doing this so as a badly dressed rabble of talismans we’re feeling the pressure.”
The ACC is the brainchild of Wells, a Parnell social cricketer and one of the most hated people in Gore, and Beige Brigade co-founder Mike Lane. This summer they will be joined by celebrity chef Leigh Hart, hairdresser Lee Baker, parenting columnist Matt Heath, part-time zombie Jason Hoyte, and fashion blogger Paul Ford.
Lane said the idea came from a desire to give cricket fans something different.
“We love traditional cricket commentary but it’s incredibly formulaic and orthodox. Most of The ACC are hopeless cricket tragics, cricket fans and crap players, and that brings in a different dimension.”
Wells said the established cricket commentary teams had been incredibly supportive of their mission.
“I think Bryan Waddle said hello to a couple of the guys last summer which was massively inspiring. He’d heard good things about our Waddle shrine and was rapt to hear a lot of the NZ dressing room had tuned in to The ACC.”
The team will offer its take on the South Africa, Sri Lanka and home Pakistan ODI series.