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The New Zealand cricketers continued
re-sculpting how the game is perceived in
this country with a 143-run dismantling of
the West Indies in Saturday night’s World
The record-equalling ninth consecutive
ODI victory places them into a seventh
World Cup semi-final in 11 editions.
Led by Martin Guptill’s unbeaten 237
from 163 balls, New Zealand pummelled
the West Indian bowling attack to make
393 for six, the country’s third-highest ODI
A squadron of willing hitters
supplemented Guptill’s lead, including
Grant Elliott ’s 27 off 11 balls — the pair
made 55 for the fifth wicket in 19 balls.
The batting was reinforced by a thorough
bowling and fielding performance led by
Trent Boult, with four wickets for 44, and
36-year-old Daniel Vettori channelling
‘Air Jordan’ on the third man boundary
with a one-handed leap to dismiss Marlon
His casual strut and flick of the ball
after wards enhanced the theatre before he
“I couldn’t believe he leapt up and stuck
out his paw like that,” Boult said. “ The best
sight was seeing everyone sprint towards
him and grab him. That was cool. ”
Boult returned to the top of the
tournament wicket-taking charts with 19 as
the West Indies were dismissed for 250.
Samuels had an unfortunate match.
Guptill drove a boundary to start the game
but sur vived a scare third ball. He clipped a
low catch off Jerome Taylor to Samuels at
square leg — the spill cost 233 further runs.
No West Indies bowling tourniquet
could stem the flow as they struggled to hit
competitive lengths and Darren Sammy (8-
0-38-0) was the only bowler to concede less
than a run a ball. Jerome Taylor took three
wickets but went for 71 from seven overs.
Guptill’s achievement once occupied
the figment of cricketers’ imaginations,
but 30,268 packed into the waterfront
amphitheatre can vouch it was real.
Guptill became the. —
First New Zealander to make a double
century in an ODI.
The second-highest scorer in an ODI
behind Rohit Sharma’s 264.
Highest run-scorer in an innings at a
World Cup (overtaking Chris Gayle’s 215).
First New Zealander to score consecutive
centuries at a World Cup.
The highest scorer in a World Cup
Gayle was quickly on the scene to
congratulate Guptill once he reached 217.
“Chris came up and said, ‘congratulations,
welcome to the club’.”
The delirious crowd chanted “Mar-tin,
Gup-till”. He deser ved every bit of adulation
in his seventh and most memorable ODI
West Indies heads’ lowered and shoulders
slumped as the innings progressed, including
captain Jason Holder, who at times struggled
to get his players’ attention as demoralisation
Guptill gave regular catching practice
to the crowd in the latter stages but three
scything square cuts provided the best
gauge to his early form. His head was stiller
than anything you might see car ved on Mt
New Zealand’s plan to reach the 35th over
with three wickets or less down again proved
profitable. At that point, they were on 187-
2, moments after Guptill brought up his first
century in 111 balls. His second took 41.
The West Indian highlight was Gayle’s
stoic 61 off 33 as he braved back pain. He
appeared to take Bob Marley ’s Get Up,
Stand Up anthem to heart when it aired
over the PA.
Gayle used his bottom hand to maximum
effect with eight sixes and two fours,
meaning running between the wickets was
kept to a minimum. He took 21 off one
Vettori over, but Adam Milne eventually
enticed him to chop on.
New Zealand’s convincing display wasn’t
entirely unpredictable. On form, they were
expected to dominate, but to this extent?
It was further evidence uncharted
cricketing territory is within their grasp.
Monday, March 23, 2015
West Coast ’s Jade Coleman tries to shake off Halswell’s Taurean Whiley and Sam Kelso during the Thacker Shield game at
Wingham Park on Saturday. Coleman is backed up by Coast ’s Jordan Campbell and Tom Dwyer.
of the New Zealand Herald
It was not mentioned yesterday but that
might have been because David Miller was
not playing the last time New Zealand and
South Africa met at the World Cup.
Miller, South Africa’s aggressive middle
order lefthander, was the designated speaker
at a press conference after their practice at
He was not in the XI in Dhaka four years
ago when the teams clashed in a quarter-
final, but bet your last dollar the memory
of that game is nestling in the back of
several South African players’ minds going
into the titanic cup semi-final in Auckland
Especially Faf du Plessis. The Dhaka
quarter-final in 2011 went New Zealand ’s
way when South Africa, chasing 222,
collapsed, losing five for 25 in a 10-over
period to lose by 49 runs.
However, an ugly clash between several
New Zealand players and du Plessis remains
firmly in the South African’s mind.
Just before the World Cup, du Plessis, one
of South Africa’s key batting figures and a
fine fielder, made clear his ideal cup scenario.
“In my perfect world I would like to play
New Zealand in the semi-final and have
that same situation arise again,” he said.
“But this time it will be the other way
around. We’ ll be the team that ’s on top, and
we can do the same to them.”
Du Plessis is one of seven South African
players from the Dhaka match expected to
be playing tomorrow — the others being
Hashim Amla, captain AB de Villiers, JP
Duminy, speedsters Dale Steyn and Morne
Morkel and leg-spinner Imran Tahir.
They, too, no doubt possess elephantine
memories to match du Plessis. Revenge was
not a word used yesterday, but only a mug
would doubt it will figure strongly in South
Africa’s preparation. “ That moment taught
me a lot about myself. I learnt a lot about
international cricket,” du Plessis added.
Miller may have been obliquely referring
to it when he said the South African players
“ will have some chats about a few things.
Individually a couple of guys have their
plans to certain players”.
When asked if he had watched Martin
Guptill’s stunning performance against the
West Indies, Miller quipped: “No I didn’t.
The 25-year-old from Pietermaritzburg
is averaging an impressive 68 at the cup,
is capable of ferocious, clean hitting and
opened up with a 92-ball 138 not out to pull
South Africa out of a jam in their opening
game against Zimbabwe.
In his mind, he is living a “dream come
true” at his first World Cup. The semi-final
“means everything to me. It ’s a very exciting
time. In eight days we could be world
champions, but it ’s one step at a time, take
things slowly, be mentally prepared and the
rest will be history”.
South Africa’s only selection issue appears
to be whether Vernon Philander returns in
place of Kyle Abbott as the third seamer.
Both teams will complete their preparations
The new West Coast Chargers rugby
league coach expected better of his side
in their first outing for the season at
Wingham Park, on Saturday afternoon —
they lost 14-44 to Canterbury’s top club
side Halswell in the Thacker Shield clash.
Paddy Byrne, who took over the coaching
role this season, said that the team “fell way
“ We were way short of where we need to
be, especially in regards to fitness and until
that changes, very little else will in terms of
results,” a disappointed Bryne said.
He had expected better of the West Coast
team, which had trained well in the build-
up and looked good during the pre-match
“The 16-10 scoreline at half-time tells the
story, we kept with them until the break.
We were fresh for 20 minutes and played
how we should have, however the following
60 we didn’t.”
He said the for ward pack was a bit light
on power, after Harrison Mahuika broke his
arm early in the opening half. West Coast
lost Corey Grant and Ben Campbell on the
eve of the game with injury.
Byrne said that the individual players
needed to account for themselves and they
all needed to be able to play hard for the
whole 80 minutes.
“There is nothing wrong with players’
ability — they are just not fit enough.”
Byrne said that he would have to change
the focus of training over the coming weeks
and put more emphasis on “conditioning”.
“ To play rep football you have to be fit.
We have until August now before the
representative season starts and we will be
training fortnightly until the season is a bit
He admitted the Halswell side was
somewhat bigger than the Coast team —
“ but I don’t think that was a factor”.
The positives from the match were the
performances of the players on debut.
Byrne said first five Jordan Campbell
played well and Ryan Coleman and Logan
Woodham both held their end up.
Brad Dixon, Bernard Alexander and
Kevin Curtis scored West Coast ’s tries with
Regan Stanton getting one conversion.
Halswell in charge
Black Caps pace bowler Adam
Milne has been ruled out of
tomorrow ’s Cricket World Cup
semi-final clash against South
Africa due to injury.
The 22-year-old is out of the
match and the World Cup after
suffering an injury to his left heel.
Milne missed the final group
after suffering a shoulder
injury against Afghanistan but
recovered to face West Indies in
Saturday ’s quarter-final win.
Milne felt discomfort
following the quarter-final and
subsequently under went
MRI scan yesterday afternoon.
The results showed significant
swelling around the region and
he will not be fit to play any
further part in the tournament.
A timeline for his return is not
Canterbury fast bowler Matt
Henry has joined the team in
Auckland and will replace Milne
in the squad of 15, subject to
International Cricket Council
Milne has taken five wickets
at the World Cup so far. Either
Mitchell McClenaghan or Kyle
Mills will likely replace him.
McClenaghan came in for
Milne in the Bangladesh game
and struggled with the figures
of 68 for none from eight overs.
Mills has yet to play at the
tournament but has 240 ODI
wickets to his name, including
32 against South Africa at an
average of 28.12. — NZ ME
CRICKET WORLD CUP
Injured Milne ruled out of semi-final
PICTURE: Getty Images
Black Cap Martin Guptill celebrates after scoring his double century against the West
Indies at the Wellington Regional Stadium, in Wellington.
Chris Gayle intends to keep playing
international cricket with his eyes on the
2016 World Twenty20, but admitted his
back injury will sideline him from next
month’s test series against England.
The 35-year-old Jamaican hit a typically
flamboyant 33-ball 61 as West Indies
slumped to a crushing 143-run defeat to
New Zealand in the World Cup quarter-
finals on Saturday with many in the game
expecting Gayle to end his rollercoaster
relationship with the national team.
The veteran of 103 tests and 269 ODIs
intends to keep playing and is keen to
help West Indies to the World T20 in
India next year where they ’ll look for a
second title to add to their 2012 triumph.
“Definitely want to play the T20 World
Cup next year for West Indies, there’s no
doubt about that,” Gayle said. “I’ve got
a few concerns and a few injuries to try
and solve. I’ll give myself some time and
hopefully look back at it and see how well
I can actually progress for West Indies
cricket at this point in time.”
The left-handed opener will not play
in the three-test home series against
England in April and May to rest his
back injury. — Reuters
Making her debut at
the New Zealand Horse
of the Year competition
last week, 11-year-old
Greymouth Pony Club
member Ella Rae Wood
will not forget her
experience for quite some
time after taking second
place in the New Zealand
13 and under show jump
rider of the year contest.
Rae Wood who rode her
pony Dreamtime Jazz at
the event, which is touted
as one of the biggest
internationally, was in
good form throughout the
She came second in the
pony 5m event and gained
a sixth placing in the pony
Throughout the week
the Grey Main School
pupil was riding against
older competitors and
some of the classes had
over 100 riders in them.
She is also a member
of the Marlborough-
Nelson-West Coast pony
club team, which includes
Hokitika’s Kirk and Todd
Magner and Greymouth’s
In the rider of the year
event where Rae Wood
was runner-up, she was
competing against 90
other young competitors.
In the pony 5m contest
there were 105 riders that
Rae Wood was competing
against. Rae Wood has
been working hard in her
build-up to the Horse
of the Year competition
which has included many
hours of training in
Christchurch as well as
at the Greymouth Pony
She, along with the
Magners, Thompson and
Guy Magner will be in
action again in April,
this time representing
the Coast at the pony
club eventing contest in
Ella Rae Wood on her pony Dreamtime Jazz.
Rae Wood second at NZ Horse of Year
Proteas chasing vengeance
Gayle rules out retirement
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If there is an unexpected bonus to the
Warriors’ solid start to 2015, it has to be the
performance of a clutch of ‘young guns’.
We knew the team would be fitter and more
focused after a full pre-season under coach
Andrew McFadden. We expected Ryan
Hoffman would add real starch to the pack,
and Bodene Thompson would bring energy
Who would have thought a group of young
players — some recent graduates of the
Under-20 competition — would handle the
step up to first grade with such aplomb? It has
not always worked that way in recent years
but the likes of Sam Lisone, 21, Albert Vete,
22, Solomone Kata, 20, and Tui Lolohea, 20,
have adjusted well to the early tests.
Kata has already touched down three times,
and his second try in Saturday ’s 29-16 win
over Parramatta — when he leaped high for
a Chad Townsend kick and wrestled the ball
off his marker in midair — epitomised his
current confidence and ability.
Kata, who is averaging more than 100
running metres a game, managed several
strong bursts and some stinging defence.
Lolohea was brilliant against the Knights
and has been solid at centre in the past two
matches. He has carried for 136m per match
and his step and speed have engineered 12
Vete and Lisone have not missed a beat,
playing in the hardest position on the field.
They have coped well with the workload and
aren’t afraid to put on a sidestep or an offload.
Lisone has managed 96m and 18 tackles
a match, Vete 91m and 11 tackles in each
outing so far.
“(The young players) are probably ahead of
where I thought they would be,” McFadden
“ Both Albert Vete and Sam Lisone in
particular — I wasn’t expecting them to start
our season, let alone the first three games.
“ I’m really happy with what they are doing
and bringing to the side and I know the
senior playing group really appreciate what
It is almost inevitable they will need a break
at some stage — as the physical and mental
demands of the NRL take their toll — but
McFadden seems in no hurry. “ We will
continue to work with them and help them
get better. There is lots of internal competition
in this squad anyway. But we have got to give
them a chance to keep playing and you never
know, they might surprise a few people.”
Meanwhile, injured centre Konrad Hurrell
remains a “week-to-week” proposition,
according to McFadden. “ He could be (back
in) a week (or) could be another two or three
Warriors ‘young guns’ make their mark
April 3-5, 2015
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