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The Buller cricket
team made history with
a 10-wicket win over
Marlborough at the
The ASB Buller senior
men’s team beat the
Marlborough team outright,
Buller Cricket president
Barry Townrow said he
believed it was the first
time Buller had beaten
Marlborough outright. It
was not just a win, but a
Captain Troy Scanlon
said to win by 10 wickets,
on a grass wicket, away and
against a major association
was a fantastic achievement.
He was proud of the
team who outplayed the
opposition in every session
of the game. Everyone had
chipped in whether with
the bat or the ball.
Buller’s top order batsman
set the game up in the
first session on Saturday
The team managed a big
total putting Marlborough
under a lot of pressure.
He said Greg Knowles,
an ex-Marlborough player,
had bowled well taking nine
wickets for Buller.
The game was Buller’s first
in the Hawke Cup this year.
Buller was now top equal
on the table with two tough
games to go. The win had
given the team self-belief.
Buller team manager
Pete Knowles said Buller
totally outclassed a strong
Marlborough side in
all aspects of the game,
particularly their bowling.
Mr Knowles used to
manage the Marlborough
Exiled England cricketer
Kevin Pietersen is picking
the Black Caps to win next
year’s Cricket World Cup.
After arriving in Australia
for the Big Bash Twenty20
competition, the former
England international said
he thought New Zealand
were the side to beat at the
Cricket World Cup.
He was not so keen on his
own country’s chances.
“The England side might
still struggle here in a
couple of months’ time,”
The Black Caps are
currently ranked seventh
in the ODI rankings, four
spots below England and
have reached the semi-
finals in three of the last
New Zealand open the
tournament against Sri
Lanka at Hagley Oval on
February 14. The Black
Caps then face Pietersen’s
former team six days later.
According to the TAB, the
Black Caps are $8 outsiders
to win the World Cup.
Pietersen said he
anticipated changes in
English cricket soon.
“The next six months,
with the changes happening
in England, it could be
interesting,” he said.
104 tests, 136 ODIs
and 37 Twenty20s for
England before he was
from the side at the start of
the year. — NZ ME
historic win over
Pietersen tips Black Caps
to win World Cup
As the New Zealand and Pakistan
batting worms wound through each other
like a double helix of DNA in Dubai this
morning, neither side could have wished
for better World Cup preparation.
Pakistan eventually triumphed by three
wickets with three balls to spare after New
Zealand posted 246 for seven.
Both line-ups were given robust workouts
under significant pressure in the latter
stages. Much like the test series, the ebbs
and flows came in swift bursts.
Pakistan crumbled to 86 for five in the
26th over before Haris Sohail and Shahid
Afridi brought them to the cusp of victory
with a record seventh wicket partnership of
Ross Taylor’s run out of Afridi for 61 off
51 balls (the first time he had faced more
than 25 balls in 17 months) left 13 runs
required off as many deliveries.
However, the momentum was irreversible
as Sohail hooked the winning runs off
Jimmy Neesham to finish with 85 off 109
Adam Milne went wicketless in
conceding 42 runs but regularly bowled in
excess of 150kph. Kyle Mills showed guile,
particularly in his earlier spells and Daniel
Vettori and Nathan McCullum combined
for 18 overs in which they conceded just 75
runs and took three wickets.
The captaincy of Kane Williamson
was also given a stern test in its infancy,
especially juggling his bowlers in the latter
New Zealand had also teetered at 111 for
five in the 29th over but one of the current
team’s best assets, even without Brendon
McCullum, Martin Guptill and Corey
Anderson, is the batting depth.
Ross Taylor’s 105 off 135 balls was the
anchor but Luke Ronchi (23 runs from
27 balls) and Daniel Vettori (27 from 25)
boosted the cadence even if the second
power play haul of 23 for one from overs
36-40 hinted at stagnation.
The final 10 overs produced 78 for one
as Vettori’s wild pivots around an invisible
fulcrum on the crease disrupted Pakistan’s
line and length.
Earlier Taylor became the first New
Zealander to score three consecutive one-
day international centuries, joining a list
featuring just five players — Pakistan’s
Zaheer Abbas and Saeed Anwar and South
Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs, A B de Villiers
and Quinton de Kock.
Taylor was not at his most fluent but that
was the beauty of his innings. He has the
control and discipline in his game to graft
beyond natural ability. He batted exactly
40 overs and only reached his 50 in 86
deliveries before accelerating to make the
At times Taylor struggled to hit the ball
off the block and chastised himself but such
hindrances didn’t blur his focus. He stuck
to his modus operandi of pushing singles
into the offside and driving and cutting
the odd boundary. He made an exception
to hook Umar Gul for the New Zealand
scorecard’s solitary six in the 44th over.
The innings was a lesson in why this team
should display urgency but never panic
with the home World Cup 67 days away.
Taylor’s previous two centuries came
against India in January. He now has 11
in the 50-over format from 138 matches.
Need context? Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander
Richards made his 11 in 187 matches,
albeit at a strike rate of 90 and average of
47, compared to Taylor’s 82 and 41.04. Still,
those are the sorts of players with whom
Taylor’s rubbing statistical shoulders.
Earlier the New Zealand innings stumbled
too often at 26 for one, 44 for two, 63 for
three and 99 for four. Incisive Pakistani
bowling applied the brakes. Steepling
deliveries from 2.16m Mohammad Irfan
must have felt like getting peppered from
15 yards rather than 22. His accuracy with
three for 57 from 10 overs was reinforced by
aggressive contributions from Wahab Riaz
(two for 51) and Afridi (one for 36). With
Mohammad Hafeez currently banned for
chucking, Pakistan had to scramble for a
Sohail, who had previously bowled just 12
balls in List A cricket, delivered consistent
left-arm orthodox ser vice with none for
39 from his allotment before playing his
Younis Khan also added masterly fielding
touches with the run out of Tom Latham
and the catch of Ronchi after running
backwards at mid-wicket.
Batsmen to score three consecutive ODI
Zaheer Abbas (Pakistan), v
India, 1982-83; Saeed Anwar (Pakistan),
v Sri Lanka/West Indies, 1993; Herschelle
Gibbs (South Africa), Kenya/India/
Bangladesh, 2002; AB de Villiers (South
Africa), v India/West Indies, 2010; Quinton
de Kock (South Africa), v India, 2013.
— New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: Getty Images
Ross Taylor scored his third straight ODI century.
Taylor hits third consecutive ODI ton
Fast bowling great Brett Lee says some
of Australia’s players are “still struggling”
as they prepare to take to Adelaide Oval
for the first test today.
Speaking on the Nine Network, Lee
predicted there would be some “tough
moments” during Australia’s first match
since the sudden death of batsman
“A few of the guys are still struggling,”
Lee said prior to the start of day one.
“But I’m sure once they put on that
baggy green cap, I’m sure that Phil will
be with them.”
The Sydney Sixers player said he
had already spotted young cricket fans
walking around with Hughes’ test cap
No 408, painted on their shirts.
He said the Australian side would
maintain their aggressive style despite
the “horrible couple of weeks” they had
“The game must go on — I think
that ’s what Phil would ’ve wanted,” he
“He would ’ve wanted the fast bowlers
to go out and keep attacking — he was
an attacking batsman.
“He’d be looking down I think going,
‘you want Mitchell Johnson to steam in
and go fast ’.”
Skipper Michael Clarke’s leadership
would help the grieving team get through
the emotional test, he added.
Cricket Australia chief executive James
Sutherland agreed Clarke’s presence
had brought the side back to full
“It’s pretty hard to hold him back,”
Sutherland said of the captain, who had
battled a niggling hamstring injury in the
lead-up to the series.
“(But) he’s been keen from the outset.”
As the test squad prepare to take to
the Adelaide Oval green, Sean Abbott is
also poised to return for the NSW Blues’
Sheffield Shield clash with Queensland.
Hughes has been named 13th man for
the test side. — AAP
Australian cricketers ‘struggling’ ahead of test in Adelaide
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