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The West Coast bowls men’s and
women’s Champion of Champion Pairs
will be played at the Dobson green this
The pairs are. —
Men: Mer v Pascoe and John
Sweetman (Karoro); Jeremy Ruddle
and Anthony Haslam (Cobden); Kiel
Smith and John Teape (Hokitika);
Trevor Pascoe and Jordan Campbell
(Blaketown); Sean Aynsley and John
Aynsley (Dobson); Roger Norton and
Bill Johnsen (Greymouth).
Women: Marie Pollard and Areta
Gugich (Hokitika); Mary Keating
and Peg McGee (Karoro); Jeannette
Keith and Margaret Neville (Blake-
town); Ann Prendergast and Sylvia
The draw for the first round is. —
Men: Dobson v Blaketown; Karoro
v Greymouth; Hokitika v Cobden.
Women: Karoro v Cobden; Hokitika v
Lunches will be available at the
The women’s McKay Pairs have been
set down to be played on January 13 and
14 at the Karoro green.
Entries are: C Lalor and M Anderson
(Blaketown); L Leach and S Martin
(Blaketown); A Prendergast and M
Bryant (Cobden); M Neville and S
Pascoe(Blaketown); J Keith and E
Holley (Blaketown); M Keating and
P McGee (Karoro); R Olson and D
Bostwick (Hokitika); M Pollard and A
Entries are being called for the
May Clark Singles, rescheduled for
January 27-28 at the Hokitika green,
closing on January 20 with the centre
Good entries have been received for the
West Coast Open Fours tournament, in
A bye has occurred in the women’s
draw and players should contact
the tournament secretary if able to
New Zealand Herald reporter Steve Deane suits up for his date with New Zealand’s
only Ferrari 458 GT3 race car.
Grant Elliott stayed
home from school in
his native South Africa
to watch the 1992
cricket world cup on tv.
While it earned him
a suspension and one-
week ban from playing
cricket, he says it
inspired him to pursue
a dream of becoming a
Yesterday he was the
“ bolter” selection in
New Zealand’s 15-
man squad, which will
attempt to break a
40-year duck and win
the ICC Cricket World
“It’s the pinnacle
of my career,” the
35-year-old said after
coach Mike Hesson
announced the squad.
Elliott ’s inclusion comes at the
expense of Jimmy Neesham.
Hesson said Elliott — who
has 51 ODI caps and last
played in 2013 — got the nod
over Neesham for his ability to
cover the 4, 5, 6 batting spots in
the middle order and as cover
for fellow all-rounder Corey
Anderson if he was to get injured.
He also noted that Elliott
had previously played well in
New Zealand and Australian
conditions, was in good form, and
offered a bowling option.
“He’s got a bit of craft about
him,” Hesson said.
Elliott said he had a lot to offer
with the bat in the middle order,
and also with the ball.
“I really enjoy my bowling, I
think it complements my batting
nicely, it gets me in the game
early. Maybe 5-8 overs ... if things
are going well, I might get my 10
The Wellington Firebirds
skipper also believes his
experience will benefit Brendon
“I’ve played (51) games for New
Zealand at one-day level and gone
through a lot of culture changes,
a lot of teams, played with lots
of guys, in different conditions,
and pressure wise, once you get
older, you’ve seen a lot of different
scenarios, so hopefully the
scenarios that I see in the world
cup I can rectify them and help
to change those to swing them in
The 1992 tournament — also
hosted in New Zealand and
Australia, and the first for South
Africa — made a “massive
impression” on a young Elliott.
“After that I wanted to become
a professional cricketer and I
wanted to play at an international
When McCullum gave up the
gloves in 2013, it meant that the
No 5 batting spot that Elliott had
occupied was no longer available.
But Elliott said he never stopped
chasing a recall.
He attributes his recent good
form in the domestic game as
being “the enjoyment factor”.
“ You want to play for your
country for as long as possible but
selection is not something you can
control,” he said.
“ You just have to try and enjoy
your cricket, that ’s the main thing.
But I want to be playing at the
highest level. That ’s something
I’ve always strived for, more so in
white ball cricket for me.
“ When you’re young and playing
for the Black Caps you start
setting high expectations for
yourself, high goals, and now it’s
just about enjoying every game
that I play and bringing that
enthusiasm that I first had when I
started playing the game.”
Experienced seamer Kyle Mills
edged out Canterbury upcomer
Matt Henry in what was a hotly
debated bowling spot for the four-
yearly tournament, which opens
at Christchurch’s newly revamped
Hagley Oval on February 14.
Tom Latham secures a middle
order spot, while in-form left-
arm test bowler Trent Boult and
young paceman Adam Milne is
Veteran spinner Daniel Vettori
will return for a fourth world cup
but is expected to play a back
up role to offspinner Nathan
The decision to not select
Henry was a “tough call”, Hesson
admitted, as there were six
bowlers who have performed well
It came down to a decision on
the balance of the squad, he said.
The bowling stocks offered
genuine pace, swing, craft and
experience, Hesson said.
“Some people are always going
to miss out and I think we’ve got
a good five. ”
McCullum said it was the
strongest New Zealand team he
has ever been a part of heading
into a world cup.
The squad meant the team has
the ability to adopt a “horses for
courses” approach and adapt to
different conditions, the selectors
“ We probably won’t roll out the
same 11 every game,” Hesson said.
The full squad is.—
captain, Corey Anderson,
Trent Boult, Grant Elliott,
Martin Guptill, Tom Latham,
Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan
McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam
Milne, Luke Ronchi, Tim
Southee, Ross Taylor, Daniel
Vettori, Kane Williamson.
of the New Zealand Herald
‘‘Can’t think of a better way
to spend a Thursday,” says
Jono Lester as I’m folded
into the passenger seat of his
Ferrari 458 GT3.
There are worse ways to kill
time than being driven around
a racetrack at breakneck
speeds in one of the world’s
coolest cars. Just as long as
time is the only thing we kill.
Even watching tv reporter
Matty McLean emerge from
his ride with a face redder
than the car’s paintwork and
stagger around like a drunken
jellyfish has not shaken me.
I have got full confidence
in Jono. From my experience,
race car drivers are rivalled
only by boxers when it comes
to media-friendly self-
promotion. So while Jono
might do what he can to make
me soil my race suit, he is not
going to put me in danger.
Jono’s granddad Rob helped
build Manawatu’s Manfeild
Autocourse and his dad
Richard was also a gun driver.
By the time Jono was seven he
was tooling around the circuit
in a Daihatsu Charade. At 13
he was racing open wheelers.
It is the car I do not trust.
Italians have a reputation
for making high-quality
machinery, but machines
have a habit of breaking at
the wrong time. And I have
already spotted a design flaw
while the mechanics were
busily checking it out. The
engine is in the back, where
the golf clubs should be.
If Jono sticks us into a wall
at 300kph, that engine block
will be the last thing that goes
I must have a word with
Jono hits the start button
and we are off. Flying.The
acceleration (0-100kph in
3.4 seconds) is impressive
but what sets it apart is its
braking, which is handy with a
top speed of over 300kph.
My faith in Jono takes a bit
of a hit when we slide through
the corners at the end of the
back straight. I had assumed
this thing would handle like
it was on rails but, unless I
am imagining it, we are losing
traction in and out of the
Heading down the home
straight at 265kph, Jono
takes a hand off the wheel
and starts fiddling with some
bells and whistles on the dash.
If he is re-tuning the radio
I sure hope he is searching
for religious programming.
My attempt to shoot him a
dirty look fails, because the
G-forces are threatening to
embed my eyeballs in my
Just like that it is over. If the
hot lap was a sexual encounter,
Jono’s $1 million Ferrari
would be eyeing me dolefully
and saying “don’t worry love, it
happens to everyone”.
It does not, of course, but
it should. Ferraris are cool.
Getting to experience what
they can do in the hands of
the likes of Jono is even cooler.
Back in the pits Jono tells
me the Hampton Downs
circuit has been used for
drifting recently and is what
race-driver types call “green”.
The car’s setup is at its most
basic, so we were indeed
sliding around. But we were a
long way from the car’s limit.
That will not be the case next
month when his Trass Family
Motorsport team takes on the
Bathurst 12-hour endurance
race. By then the car will
be operating at its peak.
Hopefully he will even have
the stereo tuned.
‘Wild’ Hampton Downs ride
PICTURES: NZ Herald
Jono Lester’s Ferrari 458 GT3.
in Black Caps
PICTURE: Getty Images
Black Caps Adam Milne, left, and Grant Elliott are congratulated on World Cup
selection by Martin Guptill after the NZ squad was announced yesterday.
competition gets under way again
The draw is. — Mixed grade, 6pm:
The Plodders v Phoenix, C1 (Kent
Richardson); GHS Aces v Spikers,
C3 (Serious Business).
6.34pm: Highly Deluded v
Serious Business, (C1) (Kent
Richardson); Kiwi Rail Karnivals
v Spikers, C3 (The Oddfellows).
7.30pm: Motley Crew A v The
Oddfellows, C1 (Highly Deluded);
Natureally Amazing v Motley Crew
B, (C3) Kiwi Rail Karnivals.
Champion of Champions Pairs this weekend
of the New Zealand Herald
Danny O’Connor, one of New
Zealand’s evergreen bowlers, gave
himself another chance yesterday at
the national bowls championships
at Browns Bay of securing his 10th
national title and joining Nick
Unkovich and Gary Lawson with a
bar to their gold stars.
O’Connor, who last weekend
was runner-up in the pairs with
Richard Girvan, yesterday qualified
for his second final when he led for
a powerful four skipped by Peter
Should the Belliss line-up, which
also includes Lance Tasker and
Girvan, win today O’Connor’s title
will come almost 40-years after he
won his first as part of Unkovich’s
Okahu Bay fours and 10-years since
However, the Belliss four will
face formidable opposition today
in the composite four skipped by
Raymond Martin, a 24-year old
from Wellington’s Victoria club.
His line-up which has club-
mate Richard Corry leading and
two Auckland 21-year olds in the
middle, Monte Pawa and Rory
Soden, continued a fine tournament
by ousting the strong Rob
Ashton-skipped four 19-17 in the
Belliss, too, faced a competitive
semi-final against a Marlborough
composite four skipped by Sanjeh
Prasad, from Blenheim, and with
two other youngsters in the middle,
Kaikoura’s Scott Mansfield and Josh
Boyd, 21 and 22 respectively.
The Belliss four eventually won
16-12, but Belliss admitted after-
wards: “ We never felt safe at any
The quality of the Marlborough
side was shown in the quarter-
finals with a 26-9 win over what
was mainly a solid Orewa line-up
skipped by Australian-based Mike
Nagy, who at Dunedin last year won
both pairs and fours titles.
Belliss and Martin also scored
crucial quarter-final wins over
accomplished opposition. Martin’s
line-up, thanks to a marvellous
shot by Martin to score a crucial
three on one of the final ends, ended
Gary Lawson and Mike Kernaghan’s
hopes and Belliss, benefitting from
a six on one end, eliminated Mike
Should Belliss win again today
it will be his seventh national title
and he could be joined by his sister-
in-law Dot Belliss, who was in a
Whanganui composite four, which
made today ’s women’s final with
a 23-15 win over Kristin Stampa
The women’s final will be a clash
between the sport’s demographic
extremes, with Belliss playing with
Cynthia Adams, Glenis Pidwell and
Three of these players are entitled
to their gold cards and between
them the four total 70 centre titles.
Their opponents today will be from
a much younger age group skipped
by Petone’s Tanya Wheeler and
with two, Raglan’s Ashleigh Jeffcoat
and Rachel Jelley, aged 15 and 22
Though playing out of D unedin,
Jelley, the grand-niece of the great
athletics coach Arch, is a product
of Westlake Girls High School and
Mairangi Bay and has returned to
Auckland to study for a PhD in
In the semi-finals the Wheeler
four beat opposition with an even
younger average age, Amy McIlory,
Gemma Watts, Selena Goddard,
who were in last year’s winning four,
O’Connor within sight of
10th bowls title
Australian bowler Mitchell Starc
has been reprimanded by the Inter-
national Cricket Council for giving
Indian batsman Murali Vijay a
send-off on day two of the fourth
test at the SCG.
Starc was charged with committing
a Level 1 breach of the ICC code of
conduct over the incident yesterday
when he yelled in the face of Vijay
after dismissing him. The left-arm
quick admitted to a breach of the
code which provides that an offence
will be committed where a player
engages in conduct that either: (a) is
contrary to the spirit of the game; or
(b) brings the game into disrepute.
The ICC described the incident
as an ‘exaggerated celebration’. “ The
match officials felt that the player’s
behaviour was not appropriate,
and he was reminded of his
responsibilities to extend respect to
his opponent and to play within the
spirit of the game at all times,” ICC
match referee Mahanama said.
ICC reprimands Starc over Vijay send-off
India’s cricketers say they will push for
victory in the fourth test at the SCG,
aiming to salvage a win from the lost
series against Australia.
The visitors resumed today at 5-342
with Virat Kohli 140 not out and
Wriddhiman Saha on 14.
The flat SCG pitch has heavily favoured
batsmen over the first three days and a
draw remains the most likely result.
The Indians have not been disgraced
in this series despite handing over the
Border-Gavaskar Trophy before the
sides moved to the last match in the
best-of-four series in Sydney.
Yesterday ’s century-maker K L Rahul
says his team-mates are keen to take
something from the series after losses
in Adelaide and Brisbane and a draw in
“ I think we still have a chance from
here if we bat really well today,” Rahul
said, who notched up his maiden test
century (110) in his second test at the
“ Maybe (bat for) two sessions and get
some runs and then come out and put
big effort from the bowlers and we feel
we will go somewhere.
“The wicket is getting slower and there
is help for the spinners. ”
Australia coach Darren Lehmann said
his men would also take an aggressive
approach into the final two days.
“I reckon it’ll turn more,” Lehmann
said of the pitch.
“ It ’s going to be a really interesting day.
“ We would have loved a couple more
wickets but give them credit they
played really well. We probably have to
be pretty aggressive to set something
up. There’s still a lot of time in this
game.” — AAP
India presses on for
win in Sydney
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