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Ross Taylor emphasised his value as New
Zealand ’s premier test batsman by producing
his 12th century in the Black Caps’ 250 for
nine declared, setting Pakistan a chase of
261 for victory on the final day of the second
The crowds finally responded to the
prospect of a riveting afternoon’s cricket by
rolling in to celebrate Friday, the start of the
United Arab Emirates weekend.
Taylor joins John Wright in second-place
on New Zealand’s all-time list of century-
makers. Martin Crowe has the most with 17.
He added 27 to his overnight score in a
vital seventh wicket partnership of 60 with
Mark Craig. Yasir Shah eventually had him
stumped for 104.
Taylor offered his usual surety, waiting to
play the ball late and keeping the shape of
his batting plan by easing the ball into the
offside and behind point.
It was the innings of a player with a sense
for the big occasion.
It is the first time Taylor has scored a
century in the third innings of a test.
Curiously his next four highest scores in
the third innings (76 against Zimbabwe
in Bulawayo 2011, 74 against Sri Lanka
in Colombo 2012, 59 against Pakistan in
Dunedin 2009 and 56 against Australia in
Hobart 2011) all came in New Zealand test
Craig went on to make 34. His reliability
at No 8 in the order continues to impress, as
his average of 39 attests.
Tim Southee added a cameo at the end
with three consecutive sixes off Zulfiqar
Babar’s final over on his way to 20 before
captain Brendon McCullum called the
batsmen in, rather than causing No 11 Trent
Boult to waste unnecessary energy.
It was Tim Southee who struck first for
the New Zealand cause as he found the edge
of Taufeeq Umar’s bat to take the first step
of 10 required for a rare victory in this part
of the world.
No team in seven completed tests at the
Dubai International Stadium has chased
more than 137 to win in the fourth innings
— Sri Lanka did it in January.
The highest fourth innings total was 343
for three scored by Pakistan in November
2010. — New Zealand Herald
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Taylor’s century seals draw
PICTURE: Getty Images
Black Caps batsman Ross Taylor plays a shot on the fifth day of the test match against
Rob Ashton overcame a sluggish start and
a tough opponent in Canterbury’s Alvin
Gardiner to achieve a notable first in the final
of the New Zealand Open bowls men’s singles
at Henderson yesterday.
Ashton won 21-18 to add to the pairs title he
claimed on Thursday and become the first male
to gain two titles in the one open tournament.
Ashton now has three open titles to add to his
five national championships, raising perhaps a
question as to why, despite this record, he has
always been overlooked at international level.
However, it did look for some time in
yesterday ’s final that he would be denied his
double by Gardiner, who picking up four shots
on the seventh end, took an 11-4 lead. But
from 6-15 down Ashton produced a stunning
burst winning eight consecutive ends to
gradually take control of the match.
In the women’s triples final last season’s
Auckland bowler of the year, Karen de
Jongh, skipped the experienced Bev Crowe
and Diane Hazelton to a convincing win
over Birkenhead ’s Denise Samuel, and her
Northland two and lead, Lauren Mills and
Margaret Gurney. — N ZM E
Ashton creates bowls history
Valerie Adams won the 2014
women’s world athlete of the year
award at a gala event in Monaco this
Adams is the first New Zealander
to win the IAAF award, presented
annually at the IAAF World Athletics
The double Olympic gold medallist
shot putter beat off two other finalists,
Ethiopian middle distance runner
Genzebe Dibaba and Dutch sprinter
Dafne Schippers, to win the coveted
title after being a finalist for the last
three years. She is the first thrower to
win the award in 10 years.
“I’m so proud and humbled by this
and it makes such a special ending to
a challenging but very successful year
for me,” Adams said after receiving the
award. “ We have such a great sport and
we should all be very proud of what
our sport brings. Also, thanks to all the
support back in my home country New
Zealand. It’s nice to have this award for
my country as well,” she added.
New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams poses with her trophy this morning.
Adams named world athlete of year
Cardiff is awash with youthful
bravado every weekend as crowds
invade the city hotspots.
That swagger goes to another
level when test matches are on at
the Millennium Stadium, tucked in
near the entertainment quarters of
Cardiff Bay and St Mary’s Street.
Spectators leaving the home of
Welsh rugby often need their side-
stepping skills to avoid those who
have succumbed to the relentless
The place will go off the Richter
scale of celebration when Wales
find a winning edge against the
All Blacks. Some think legends
like Bleddyn Williams and Clem
Thomas will emerge from the crypt
to join in.
The aching wait for victory has
gone on for multiple generations
as thirsty optimism is replaced by
parched pragmatism. They leave the
valleys, small towns and city pads in
burning expectation they will be at
the park to inhale a special piece of
If and when it happens, Wales will
have a new national holiday.
There have been close calls as
All Black skipper Richie McCaw
discovered in his first leadership
foray at the Millennium a decade
ago. Somehow the All Blacks found
ways to maintain their winning
sequence as Wales chipped into the
coaching know-how of Graham
Henry, Steve Hansen and now
Warren Gatland. The Welsh wait
They have had dips in expectation
but there is a rising belief as they
gather new players and head
into their next World Cup cycle.
Halfback Rhys Webb is a new
talent who echoes that confidence
when he looks at the All Blacks.
“They’ve been getting a bit
flustered when people have been
going at them,” he said.
“ I think if we implement our
game-plan, not take a backward
step and really get into them I think
we can put on a good show.”
Is Webb delivering a bit of rhetoric
to keep face with the principality’s
rugby supporters or does he really
believe Wales have the cattle, class
and conviction to beat the All
A piece of fortune, a refereeing
decision (on the cards with Wayne
Barnes), a slice of great skill or a
complete day at the office will get
Wales to the victory podium at
some stage. They look to the east in
envy where England clipped that
ticket at Twickenham in the All
Blacks final game of 2012.
Wales were the tourists’ entree
before that game and were well
beaten yet four months later, back
in the comforting surroundings
of the Millennium Stadium, they
crushed England 30-3 to take the
Six Nations crown.
They are in that sporting citadel
tomorrow to face an All Black side
that has paced their men throughout
this tour for this final assault of the
season. Both sides rested troops last
week and claimed patchy victories.
Wales have size, they have pace,
they are very fit but how are their
minds? — New Zealand Herald
Welsh hopes for
Steve Smith’s career-best one-day
knock helped Australia wrap up a series
win over South Africa with a dramatic
three-wicket triumph at the MCG.
Proteas captain A B de Villiers won
the toss yesterday and scored 91 from
88 balls, underpinning a total of 8-267.
It looked to be enough when the
hosts slumped to 5-101 at the halfway
point of their chase.
It still looked like it might be enough
after 40 overs, Australia needing 8.6
runs an over and Nathan Coulter-Nile
unable to bat due to a hamstring injury.
However Smith, fresh from being
named man of the match in Canberra
on Wednesday, was up to the task as the
hosts got home with an over to spare
for their first ODI win over South
Africa at the MCG.
When the 25-year-old brought up
the second one-day international
tonne with a mistimed pull shot off the
bowling of Dale Steyn, the equation
was 29 runs off 20 balls.
James Faulkner (34 off 19 balls) belted
Steyn’s next two deliveries to the rope
and suddenly the game was Australia’s
to lose with 21 runs required from three
Smith was clean bowled for 104 by
Robin Peterson when his side needed
one run to win.
It would have been little consolation
for the spinner, who missed a sharp
run-out chance when Smith was on 98.
The game ended tensely, the third
umpire checking a catch from David
Miller and deciding Pat Cummins had
hit the winning run.
Earlier, Matt Wade (52 off 59 balls)
formed a crucial 121-run stand with
It was the greatest sixth-wicket ODI
partnership at the ground, outdoing
Simon O’Donnell and Dean Jones’
108-run effort against Sri Lanka in
De Villiers was denied a 19th ODI
century by Cummins, a rare error in
judgment in the 43rd over resulting in a
regulation catch in the deep for Smith.
It was a crucial wicket as the Proteas
scored 51 runs from their final 10 overs.
Smith century lifts
Aussie to series win
PICTURE: Getty Images
Australian cricket player Steve Smith
celebrates after scoring a century
against South Africa yesterday.
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