Home' Greymouth Star : December 20th 2014 Contents Gfe)!:mouth
PHONE 769 7900
Saturday, December 20, 2014
An incisive bowling display by Matt
Henry and composed batting from
Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor
has secured the one-day international
series against Pakistan 3-2 and broken
the deadlock between the teams across
all formats over the past six weeks in
the United Arab Emirates.
The test series was drawn 1-1 as was
the T20 contest and, leading into the
final ODI in Abu Dhabi, the teams
had won two games apiece.
New Zealand's win is their fourth
ODI series triumph in the past two
years after previous triumphs over
South Africa, England and India.
New Zealand won the toss and
posted 275 for four, including just
100 runs in boundaries. However, if
boundaries were rare for New Zealand,
they were statistical outliers for
Pakistan who scored one in the first 25
overs in front of a sizable crowd today,
the customary day off in the UAE.
New Zealand won by 68 runs after
bowling Pakistan out for 207 with
Henry taking five for 30 from nine
overs. Only Ahmed Shehzad with
54 and Haris Sohail with 65 offered
Henry's five-wicket bag was his
first in ODIs and his third haul of
four wickets or better in six outings
as he heaped further pressure on the
selectors to pick him for the World
Once Shahid Afridi holed out to
Taylor for 13 at deep mid-wicket to
make it 205 for nine, the match was all
but over, or at least the crowd thought
so, as they stormed the exits.
Any chance at early Pakistani
momentum was stymied when Nasir
Jamshed was adjudged lbw in the first
over. It is the third time Henry had
completed such a feat in the series. He
backed up with the dismissal of Yo un is
Khan who gloved a loose delivery
down the legside for 12. A useful spell
of left-arm orthodox bowling from
Anton Devcich saw him trap Asad
Shafiq lbw four overs later to reduce
Pakistan to 38 for three.
New Zealand have a strong one-day
international batting line-up but their
performance revolves around anchors
Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor.
The pair again proved what a tour de
force they can be, leading the visitors
through the middle overs.
The latest effort saw them fulfil what
New Zealand must hope is a default
scenario when the World Cup starts
in 56 days. They combined in the
20th over and made a fourth century
partnership (116) in their last eight
ODI innings together. A lack of
boundaries (7) was compensated by
83 singles to sustain a run rate of 5 .04.
Williamson was caught behind on 97,
New Zealand bowler Matt Henry, right, lauds a successful leg before
wicket appeal against Pakistani batsman NasirJamshed in today's final
international match at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
deflecting a sweep onto his helmet off his inability to anchor the innings,
Afridi, Pakistan's talisman during the an issue which extends to the one-
series. He finished with one for 33 dayers against South Africa when he
from 10 overs. Taylor negotiated the batted at No 3. His scores of20, 24,
remainder of the innings to finish on 14,47,42 and 34 since returning to
88 not out. the ODI frame in October suggest
The pair now have the second and he is competent at international level.
third highest averages in New Zealand However, with Guptill and Brendon
ODI history (Williamson 43.51 and McCullum likely to open at the World
Taylor 41.26), behind Glenn Turner's Cup, Brownlie might stay on the
47. They've batted together 23 times in periphery for now.
the 50-over format and average 56.04. New Zealand brought Nathan
What they missed in match fitness McCullum and Devcich back into the
against South Africa has been regained team for Daniel Vettori and Corey
in the UAE. Anderson. Vettori was flying home for
Martin Guptill was dismissed for his brother's wedding while Anderson
eight in the third over but Dean and Jimmy Neesham were ruled out
Brownlie offered another solid start. with groin injuries. Two local players
He has had a frustrating tour with acted as substitute fielders. - NZME
Smith, Johnson share record partnership
Skipper Steve Smith scored a
controlled 133, Mitchell Johnson a
game-changing 88 and Australia's tail
wagged vigorously as the hosts barged
their way back into the second test
against India on day three in Brisbane
Australia took a first innings lead of97
after being dismissed for 505 to bring
up tea and India had shaved 71 runs off
the deficit by the close of play for the
loss of one second innings wicket.
Murali Vijay, who contributed 144
to India's first innings tally of 408,
departed for 27, leaving Shikhar
Dhawan (26 not out) and Cheteshwar
Pujara, who had made 15, to resume
today, 26 runs behind. Australia had
looked to be facing a sizeable deficit of
their own when they lost two wickets in
the first hour to slip to 247-6 but Smith
and Johnson combined for a Gabba
record seventh-wicket partnership of
148 runs from 160 balls.
Both fell to paceman Ishant Sharma
in the same over an hour after lunch
but Mitchell Starc (52) continued
the resistance with his fourth test half
century and partnerships of 56 with
Nathan Lyon (23) and 51 with Josh
Hazlewood (32 not out).
Starc was the last Australian batsman
to fall but the left-armer returned after
the innings break to bowl Vijay when
the Indian made the mistake of leaving
an angled delivery.
Smith, deputising for the injured
Michael Clarke, became the first
Australian to score a century in his
maiden test as captain since Graham
Yallop in 1978.
It was his second century of the series
after his unbeaten 162 in the opening
test victory in Adelaide last weekend
and a fourth in eight matches this year.
"I wanted to lead from the front with
my performances so hopefully I've
done that so far in this game," Smith
told reporters. "To be fair, our whole tail
batted beautifully and to get us up over
500 was remarkable."
It was Johnson's pugnacious 93-
ball knock, though, that turned the
day in Australia's favour after Indian
controlled the first hour and dismissed
Mitchell Marsh and Brad Haddin
cheaply. Fired up by some sledging and
short balls from the tourists, Johnson
stopped the rot in no uncertain fashion
by clubbing the ball around the ground
with 13 fours and one six.
The lefthander looked to be heading
for his second test century when he
chased an Ishant delivery only to get
a top edge which Mahendra Singh
Dhoni snaffied up behind the stumps.
Smith, who had brought up his
century with his 10th four just before
lunch, followed five balls later when he
chopped on to be dismissed for the first
time in the four-match series. - AP
Summer festival plans
so we are absolutely expecting the same
result again this year," Reedy said.
Live music, local food, free children's
entertainment and racing action, makes
the festival the perfect day out for the
The festival features a full day of
entertainment that is affordable - free for
those under-18, and from $5 an adult.
The popular children's Go Racing events
and activities for under-12s have a fun
equine theme, with classics such as pin-
the-tail-on -the- horse, and horseshoe
Children will also have the chance to
meet Hopples or Stirrup, the Interislander
Summer Festival horse mascots.
After Westport (December 26 and 28)
the festival will move to the Reef ton trots
on Tuesday, December 30, Greymouth
races at Omoto on Sunday, January 4, and
Hokitika races on Wednesday, January 14.
PICTURE: Getty Images
The West Coast is gearing up for a series
of family picnics, live music and fun in
the sun, with the Interislander Summer
Festival events spread right across the
The events are held nationally during
the summer racing series and the
popularity has increased over the past
Westport Trotting Club will host the
first of the Summer Festivals on Boxing
Westport president John Reedy senior
said they were expecting a strong turnout
this year as more families discover
entertainment at the races.
"The Summer Festival has carved out a
loyal following in Westport over the past
seven years, with last year's success part of
an overall record attendance for the series,
"IIf"1111 5 DAY FORECAST I
II!I!IImII overnight min 14
Rain with heavy falls, some possibly
Rain easing to showers in the morning.
Southwesterlies developing in the
Cloudy periods and a few showers.
Southwest dying out.
I1!:I1B max 20 ØJ
Mainly fine, a few afternoon and evening
showers about th e ranges. Light w inds.
Mainly fine, a few afternoon and evening
showers about the ranges. Light winds.
These tide predictions are not
official tide tables as specified in
Maritime Rules Part 25 Nautical Charts
and Publications (pursuant to Section
36 of the Maritime Transport Act
1994). @ LlNZ
Note: Tides data supplied by Land
Information New Zealand.
For more information on how to
interpret these tides, visit:
For the very latest weather information, metservice.com
including Weather Warnings, visit
MetPhone 0900 999 03 For the latest weather
Calls cost $1.30 per minute information by phone
Links Archive December 19th 2014 December 22nd 2014 Navigation Previous Page