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Oh, to be a bowler at Eden Park yesterday.
Auckland lead the Plunket Shield going
into the third round of matches, with Central
Districts second, nine points back.
Batsmen in both teams beat a regular retreat
to the pavilion on the No 2 ground as the
bowlers shared 18 wickets while 267 runs were
Auckland won the toss, sent CD in to bat
and the early signs were encouraging for the
visitors as Jamie How, who is retiring later
this season, and Ben Smith put on 52 in 11
From that point things went wrong for CD,
eight wickets falling for 61.
New ball pair Matt Quinn and Michael
Bates have been in good form this season and
shared seven more yesterday.
How ’s 38 was top score and Auckland ’s
top order were padding up after just 44.4
Auckland fared little better, and were limping
at 116 for eight at stumps, captain Rob Nicol
having ground his way to 35 in two and a half
Leading wicket taker Doug Bracewell’s
strong start to the summer continued with
three more, while Ben Wheeler and Kieran
Noema-Barnett have grabbed two each.
Ten batsmen were dismissed in single figures.
This has all the signs of not making it beyond
the third day.
The Northern Districts and Wellington got
through just 65.4 overs at Seddon Park in
Hamilton, in which time honours finished
ND, having been sent in, started today
on 223 for nine, with test wicketkeeper B J
Watling unbeaten on 60.
There wasn’t much else for ND’s
batsmen to cheer about.
Captain Daniel Flynn got 35, test legspinner
Ish Sodhi a brisk 26, while one notable ND
old boy, Brent Arnel picked up three for 55 for
At Rangiora, New Zealand skipper Brendon
McCullum is due in next for Otago when play
begins today, after a rain-hit day which ended
with Otago 117 for one.
Hamish Rutherford, aiming to regain his
test place against Sri Lanka, was out for 14,
while a former test opener Aaron Redmond
reached 59 and promising Michael Bracewell
is on 32.
New Zealand halfback Shaun Johnson has
capped a memorable 12 months by winning
the 2014 Rugby League World Golden
Boot — seeing off the challenge of union
convert Sam Burgess for the honour.
The New Zealand Warriors playmaker,
who broke England’s hearts with a last-
minute try and conversion in the semi-finals
of the 2013 World Cup, produced a man-
of-the-match performance in the 2014 Four
Nations final in Wellington last month
as the Kiwis defeated Australia to lift the
title — a performance that impressed the
13-man voting panel.
For the second successive year, English
for ward Burgess — who swapped South
Sydney for Bath in October — came second
in the voting but, whereas 12 months
ago Burgess was within seven points of
Johnathan Thurston, this time Johnson was
a decisive winner, collecting almost twice as
many points as his nearest rival.
Johnson becomes only the fourth New
Zealander to win the prestigious award,
following in the footsteps of Hugh
McGahan, Stacey Jones and Benji Marshall.
Johnson said: “Being a rugby league fan
growing up, I always knew about the Golden
“I was pretty aware of the players who’d
won it before because they were players that
I grew up watching like Stacey Jones and
Andrew Johns. Then there were the current
players that I admire like Thurston. To
receive it is pretty unreal to be honest.
“I felt I finished the year really well and
was able to take that into the Four Nations
and was really happy with how I played for
The panel of 13 judges comprised
representatives from Australia, England,
France and New Zealand, including former
Golden Boot winner Garry Schofield, ex-
Great Britain coach Brian Noble and past
Kiwi internationals Robbie Hunter-Paul and
On a six-man shortlist. Johnson claimed
44 points, Burgess 23, with James Graham
third on 18 and Greg Inglis fourth with 17.
Two-time winner Thurston — who missed
the Four Nations through injury — polled
13 points and Kiwi prop Jesse Bromwich
“As is always the case with the Rugby
League World Golden Boot, we asked the
judges to consider the performances on the
international stage first and foremost, and
it’s undeniable that Shaun Johnson had the
biggest impact at that level in 2014,” Rugby
League World editor Gareth Walker said.
“Throughout the entire tournament he
provided a devastating mix of organising
the New Zealand side and producing
moments of individual brilliance himself.”
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The Greymouth twilight
tennis draw for Monday
Guthrie Bowron v
Coast Valuations; E
V Arthur v Nigel Co;
Twilight Vets v House of
Travel; Seasons v Dashers.
Duty team: Dashers.
Volleyball matches on Monday night
will be the last for the 2014 season.
The competition will resume on
Monday, January 12.
The draw is.—
Mixed grade, 6pm: The Plodders v
Motley Crew A, C1 (Kent Richardson);
Kiwi Rail Karnivals v The Oddfellows,
C3 (Old Muskets).
6.45pm: Spikers v Motley Crew
A, C1 (Serious Business); Old
Muskets v Highly Deluded, C3 (Kent
7.30pm: Old Muskets v GHS
Aces, C1 (Spikers); Serious Business
v Motley Crew B, C2 (Highly
Deluded); Natureally Amazing v
Phoenix, C3 (Motley Crew A).
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Otago’s Hamish Rutherford leaves the field after being dismissed during the Plunket Shield match against Canterbury at Rangiora
The Black Caps will be without
Daniel Vettori for the one day
series decider against Pakistan in
Abu Dhabi tonight.
Vettori, who picked up three
wickets in yesterday’s tense win,
departed the UAE today to fly
back to New Zealand for his
After drawing the test and
Twenty20 series, and with the
ODI series evenly poised at 2-2,
tonight’s match in Abu Dhabi
looms as the ultimate decider in
what has been an intriguing tour.
Despite losing Vettori, Black
Caps coach Mike Hesson is
confident his side can pinch the
“It’s been an even series
throughout and both sides have
found out that if you don’t front
up you get knocked over pretty
quickly,” Hesson said.
“ With the bat, the top order set
the platform and we have been
able to cash in at the back end.
surface was very pleasing,” he
said. The Black Caps coach said
he was proud of his skipper Kane
Williamson’s performance who
scored an impressive 123 with
“Kane Williamson has had
a great 12 months. Last night
in such foreign conditions he
showed how clever he is and in
the end showed how destructive
he can be,” Hesson said.
Wrapping up the ODI series
won’t be easy and winning the
key moments is what is needed,
according to Hesson.
“The key for us with the bat is
to resume that platform up front
and with the ball, taking early
wickets is important and also
keeping our composure under
pressure,” he said.
— New Zealand Herald
of the New Zealand Herald
To rotate or pick the best XI; that is the
question for New Zealand ahead of the fifth
and final ODI against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi
starting late tonight.
So far, there has been a switch-about policy
in place with coach Mike Hesson and fellow
selector Bruce Edgar keen to give players as
much chance as possible to push World Cup
That squad is to be named on January 8.
Tonight ’s game is the last international
before that naming.
There will be four rounds of Ford Trophy
domestic 50-over cricket before January 8,
giving players a late opportunity but in reality
those games might only ser ve to ink in one or
two names at most.
That die has largely been cast. But how badly
do New Zealand want to win in Abu Dhabi
at the possible expense of that rotation?
For those who think in these terms, it would
mean New Zealand winning the entire tour
— that is, the tests were split 1-1, as were the
T20s. New Zealand would leave with more
wins than losses across the three forms.
Or should this be one last opening for
players like Anton Devcich, Dean Brownlie
and possibly Jimmy Neesham or Matt Henry
who with eight wickets has been New
Zealand’s most successful in this series, but
who probably sits in sixth spot out of six
contenders for, most likely, five fast-medium
Senior seamer Kyle Mills’ groin injury
and recovery period, still to be clarified,
complicates that issue, but the point remains.
Those who should play on the basis of
fewest games in the series are Neesham,
offspinner Nathan McCullum and opener
Martin Guptill, who have had two apiece.
Ross Taylor and Tom Latham have played
all four, the only squad members to have done
so along with captain Kane Williamson and
wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi.
Williamson’s fine 123 anchored New
Zealand’s 299 for five, in similar fashion to
Younis Khan’s 103 off 117 took Pakistan
to the brink of what would have been a
remarkable victory, on a day they ’d rather not
have been playing cricket — Younis the most
vocal on that, in the light of the Peshawar
school massacre on Tuesday night.
Given that backdrop, his was a terrific
innings, loaded with resolve, passion and no
little skill as he withstood a fierce attack from
New Zealand quick Adam Milne.
Milne, frequently topping the 150kph mark,
finished with one for 39, not a true reflection
of his performance.
In the four games thus far, he has conceded
fewer runs per over than any other New
Zealand bowler, 4.46. No mean feat at his
“He was very good,” captain Williamson
said of Milne.
“He bowled very fast which is what we want
him to do, and picked up the key wicket of
Shahid Afridi. ”
Williamson shied away from the question
of whether Milne would play the last ODI.
“ We’ve got a good crop of fast bowlers and
there’s a lot of talent there. We’re backing
them all but it’s important we do manage
their workloads. Moving for ward I’m sure
that will be closely monitored. ”
of the New Zealand Herald
It may be hard for Auckland City to ever
accept just how close they came to making
the Fifa Club World Cup final.
The achievement of the team made up
of amateurs and semi-professionals in just
reaching the semi-final was extraordinary,
almost un-imaginable, but one day, after
all the congratulatory dust has settled, they
may find themselves wondering about what
might have been.
Auckland came within one mis-hit shot of
creating one of the greatest underdog stories
in New Zealand sporting history.
With 15 minutes to go, and after clawing
their way back from 1-0 down against South
America’s best club side, Auckland striker
Emiliano Tade found himself with a golden
opportunity to win the game and set up a
final with the world’s greatest team Real
It sounds like a scene from Roy of
the Rovers, but as the Argentine found
himself one-on-one with the San Lorenzo
goalkeeper, he fluffed his lines. He scuffed
his shot from inside the box and the ball
bobbled agonisingly wide. San Lorenzo
went on to score the winner in extra-time,
and the dream was over. But this fairy-tale
run still has something of a happy ending.
Auckland earned universal praise for their
performances at the tournament and their
professional displays will benefit players,
management, New Zealand Football and
the club’s bank account.
Auckland ’s run also captured the interest
of the nation, and the ASB Premiership
side’s seven days of fame have exposed the
country to the talent our domestic league
Coach Ramon Tribulietx put on
another tactical masterclass. His stock has
skyrocketed throughout the tournament
and his ability to map out winning
strategies against world-class opposition is
a commodity which will not have gone un-
“ We’re the moral victors,” Tribulietx said.
“ We had the chance to win the game in
normal time. My players are obviously
devastated because we came so close to
winning. We’re very proud of the way we
played today and we’ ll remember it for a
“ We were brave, had a lot of possession
against the South American champions and
showed we can compete at this high level
and play good football. I’m very proud of
my players. They deser ved to win today. It’s
fantastic to be at this tournament and show
the world what we’re capable of.”
As the second half of regulation time wore
on, Auckland looked the more likely side to
pinch the win. They held 57% of possession,
had the better chances and played like a
team with the least to lose.
Auckland ’s international back four
once again put in an impressive shift, and
Tade, Ryan De Vries and Tim Payne also
performed way above their pay grade on the
Auckland still have a lot to play for. They
will now prepare for a third and fourth play-
off on Sunday morning against Mexican
side Cruz Azul with another big purse to
Fourth place at the tournament takes home
$2.57 million, third pockets $3.21 million,
making it a $640,000 game.
A pair of sneakers worn
by Michael Jordan when
he played basketball
at the University of
North Carolina sold for
today, US media reported.
Grey Flannel Auctions,
which sold the shoes,
told ESPN they were
consigned by a high
school team-mate of
Jordan and that the
winning bidder preferred
to remain anonymous.
Jordan, who later
became closely associated
with Nike through the
creation of the “Air
Jordan” brand, wore
Converse while at UNC
because the company had
a contract with coach
Grey Flannel Auctions
said Jordan wore the
shoes during his freshman
year in 1981-82. That
year North Carolina won
the NCAA title, beating
Georgetown in the
championship game in
which Jordan drained the
Last December, shoes
worn by Jordan in the
fabled “flu game” of the
1997 NBA finals fetched
$104,765 at auction.
The game, the fifth of
the 1997 championship
series between Chicago
and Utah, has become
part of Jordan’s legend.
He scored 38 points,
despite nearly missing the
game with a debilitating
illness diagnosed as
flu that had struck in
the early hours of the
morning. — AFP
Boxer Amir Khan will
donate a pair of £30,000
($NZ60,511) shorts to
the Peshawar school
in Pakistan where 132
children were killed by
Taliban gunmen earlier
Khan wore the shorts,
featuring a waistband
made from 24-carat gold
thread, in a unanimous
points victory over
Alexander in Las Vegas
which helped him
retain the WBC silver
welterweight title at the
“It was just very sad to
see innocent kids being
killed,” the Briton told
BBC radio today.
“I can only imagine
what the parents are
going through. I want to
donate the shorts for the
Peshawar cause, rebuild
a school and strengthen
security around the area.
“ We are very lucky in
England. We have good
security and I will be able
to send my little girl to
school and know she will
be fine but in Pakistan
you cannot do that,” said
Khan. “ They send the kids
outside the house and do
not know if they are going
to come back.” — AP
Vettori to miss ODI decider
golden shorts to
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Kiwi’s Shaun Johnson beats the defence of Australia’s Cooper Cronk in the Four
Nations final last month at Westpac Stadium, in Wellington.
Rotation dilemma for Black Caps selectors
Josh Hazlewood’s five for 68 on debut
helped Australia battle back into the second
test against India yesterday but the contest
remained in the balance when the hosts
finished the second day in Brisbane on 221
India, who had been looking to drive home
their advantage after taking charge on day
one at the Gabba, could only add 97 runs to
their overnight tally before being dismissed
for 408 at lunch.
Australia lost three wickets in the second
session and it was left to stand-in skipper
Steve Smith to steady the innings with a half
century to add to the unbeaten knocks of 162
and 52 he made in the first test victory in
The 25-year-old, deputising for the injured
Michael Clarke for the remainder of the
series, was 65 not out when stumps were
drawn early because of bad light, with
Mitchell Marsh alongside him on seven.
All-rounder Marsh was unable to field let
alone bowl after suffering a hamstring injury
on Wednesday, one of a slew of Australians
who ended the sweltering first day of the
contest in the treatment room.
Australia needed a good start to day two and
Hazlewood, crippled by cramps and forced
off the field in mid-over on Wednesday,
provided it by having Ajinkya Rahane caught
behind for 81 with a peach of a delivery in
the third over.
The 23-year-old returned before lunch
to break a 57-run partnership between all-
rounder Ravi Ashwin (35) and India skipper
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (33), triggering a
collapse which saw the tourists lose their last
four wickets for 23 runs.
“ Yesterday was obviously a pretty tough slog
with the heat,” Hazlewood told reporters at
“But we all came out and bowled to our
plan today and picked up the last six wickets
for just about where we wanted them, so
things are good.”
Six of India’s wickets were caught behind,
giving Brad Haddin a share of the Australian
record for catches by a wicketkeeper in a test
David Warner was the first Australian
batsman to fall, getting a top edge to an
Umesh Yadav delivery on 29, and Shane
Watson followed for 25 when Shikhar
Dhawan took a brilliant catch off Ashwin.
Opener Chris Rogers had just reached
his sixth test half century and appeared to
be ushering Australia to the tea break in
reasonable shape when he gloved a Yadav ball
to wicketkeeper Dhoni for 55.
Smith and Shaun Marsh put together a
stand of 87 for the fourth wicket before the
latter was caught by Ashwin for 32 to give
Yadav (3-48) his third victim and bring his
brother Mitchell to the crease.
“I think we are in front of the game at the
moment if we can have a good first session
tomorrow,” Ashwin said.
“ We could have made a few more runs but
400 is enough if we can get a couple of quick
wickets in the morning.” — Reuters
Skipper hits half century to steady Aussies
Upside to Auckland’s close loss
Plunket Shield batsmen on back foot
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