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When pace bowler Matt Henry
returns to the New Zealand
starting XI today for the World
Cup semi-final against South
Africa it will present a surprise
decision, but one based on logic.
A left-heel injury to Adam
Milne saw Henry called in
as cover. The fact he has been
playing Plunket Shield in recent
weeks is understood to have
given him an edge over the net-
bound Kyle Mills and Mitchell
Mills, along with offspinning
all-rounder Nathan McCullum
and batsman Tom Latham, has
not played at the tournament.
injured Milne for the pool match
against Bangladesh, where his
wicketless eight overs cost 68.
Henry has taken 20 first-class
wickets at 28.55 in six matches
for Canterbury since missing the
World Cup squad in January.
His pace is not in the same
bracket as Milne’s but he is
considered quicker than Mills
and McClenaghan. It is hoped
he will generate seam off the
wicket as a counter to the swing
of Tim Southee and Trent Boult.
It poses the question whether
Henry can provide the cricket-
equivalent to Stephen Donald
kicking the match-winning
penalty in the 2011 Rugby World
Cup final at the same ground.
Donald was called into the
All Blacks in his off-season
after being recruited from a
whitebaiting excursion on the
Waikato River. There is no
confirmation Henry has been
anywhere near a net.
Henry played a full part in
New Zealand training, including
an in-depth chat with captain
The 23-year-old looks set to
enter the tournament on the
back of a record that includes
21 ODI wickets at 15.42 and an
economy rate of 4.93. He takes a
wicket every 19 balls.
Henry’s solitary ODI against
South Africa was October’s
rained-out match in Hamilton.
He enticed catches from Hashim
Amla and Rilee Rossouw to take
two for 40 in eight overs.
McClenaghan has played five
ODIs against the Proteas for a
return of eight wickets at 27.37,
economy rate of 4.86 and strike
rate of 34; Mills has played 22
matches to average 28.12 while
conceding 4.92 runs an over and
also striking every 34 balls.
McCullum lamented Milne’s
exit but would not confirm a role
“We need to look at the
wicket and overhead conditions
tomorrow before making a
selection. It was humid (v
Australia) and we saw high-
quality swing. I’m no weather
genius but it’ll be less humid
tomorrow, so possibly less swing.”
Coach Mike Hesson was
disappointed at losing a point of
“Adam gave us variety by
bringing extra pace into the
attack. He might not have the
wickets at his end but he helped
create them at the other.
“P laying (first-c lass cricket
recently) is to his (Henry’s)
advantage, but we’ve got plenty
Milne felt discomfort after
the quarter-final against the
West Indies and subsequently
under went an MRI scan on
Sunday afternoon. The results
showed significant swelling
around his heel. A timeline for
his return is expected to be weeks.
Henry will be fully prepared to
step into the breach in today’s
semi-final, says his former
mentor and current New Zealand
Cricket High Performance
manager Bob Carter.
Henry would have known all
along he was a chance to come
into the squad if a bowler was
injured and would not be at all
overawed by the big occasion,
“Absolutely — no dramas at
all,” Carter said when asked if
Henry could handle the pressure
of a sold-out Eden Park and
an intimidating South African
“There has not been a bigger
occasion but he is used to playing
under pressure. He’s very calm,”
Carter said. “Last year he came
in to play the last game against
India. We had won that series
and there was an opportunity
to get him into international
cricket. He played and I think
his figures were 4-38.”
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Brendon McCullum and his men
have already pocketed $74,267 each
so far this World Cup — just a
fraction more than the amount earned
by seven lucky Tui Catch-a -Million
winners, who have each provisionally
With six wins so far in the ICC
Cricket World Cup tournament, the
Black Caps will each share a portion
of $1.114 million in prizemoney, but if
they edge out South Africa in today ’s
do-or-die semi-final at Eden Park,
the players’ prizemoney will jump to
tournament, the Black Caps’ total
prizemoney earnings will jump to a
massive $5.138 million.
Divided between the 15-man squad
that would see players pocket a cool
The tournament has a total prize
pool of almost $13 million.
The seven Tui one-handed catchers
stand to share a $500,000 prize
pool. But the money will jackpot
to $750,000 if the Black Caps beat
South Africa and hit $1 million if they
take out the tournament.
If the number of Tui catchers
remains at seven, and if the Black
Caps win, the catchers will each get
Tickets have sold out for today’s
match, which started at 2pm, and will
see a capacity 40,000-strong crowd.
Pubs are bracing for thirsty cricket
fans who missed out on tickets and
young fans will be racing home from
school to catch up with the action.
The ICC suggests those keen to
get along to Eden Park should keep
an eye on its website in case there’s a
last-minute ticket “hand-back” from
commercial partners. The official
World Cup website also features a
marketplace where people can buy
and sell tickets at their original price.
Scalping, or the resale of tournament
tickets for a profit, is banned and ICC
spokesman Philip Clark said security
at Eden Park would be tight today.
“There will be a much stronger
security presence than you would see
at a normal cricket match. ”
In charge of the police presence at
the Auckland game is Inspector Peter
Gibson, who remained tight-lipped
about the number of police staff
keeping things in order at and around
Eden Park today.
“ We’ve got sufficient measures in
place to ensure that we have a safe
environment for the players as well as
the patrons to enjoy the event.”
During the Cricket World Cup,
police have for the first time worked
with voluntary wardens including
Maori, Pacific Island and Asian and
community wardens, who would assist
police at matches.
“ We’ve got over 100 of them
working and they’re assisting us to
make sure all the transport routes are
safe, including for people who want to
walk to the game or travel by train.”
He said there would also be specialist
staff monitoring alcohol use and sales
in and around the ground.
To get to the game, Auckland
Transport has added extra bus and
train ser vices, and special event buses
will head to the park from locations
around Auckland, including Manukau
and the North Shore.
Bus and train transport is free with a
But for those who can’t make it to
the stadium, Prime will air the game
live, from 1.30pm, as will Sky Sport.
As of last night, the TAB odds
favoured South Africa, with the
Proteas paying $1.75 and New
Zealand $2 for the win.
LE RACE CYCLING
LE RACE CYCLING
Hokitika cyclist Sharlotte Lucas was in
top form on Saturday to win the 100km Le
Race from Christchurch to Akaroa.
Lucas who won the race in 2013, was
runner-up last year and took the 2015 title
in 3hrs 8mins.
She was in dominating form and also
took out the Q ueen of the Mountain
c limbs racing, well ahead of Marlborough
rider Georgia Catterick by more than two
Lucas said today the race “was a pretty
“ It is a long ride and I was pretty happy
Lucas rides for the Holden women’s
cycling team, based in Australia. She has “a
few decent ” races coming up, including the
Canterbury Cycling Championships this
weekend, where she hopes to put in some
Still based in Hokitika, Lucas trains by
riding 600km a week training.
She expects to head to Australia in spring
for some tougher competition.
The 23-year-old’s goal is to represent New
Zealand in cycling.
A number of other West Coast cyclists
also entered Le Race.
Jeremy Crestani won the title in the open
men’s mountainbike section, and Chris
Yeats was third.
A third West Coast mountainbiker,
Ariane Pritchard, won the women’s title.
Hokitika rider Sharlotte Lucas competes in Le Race, from Christchurch to Akaroa, on Saturday.
Lucas wins Le Race
CRICKET WORLD CUP
Cup in sight as Black Caps on verge of history
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Today marks a special occasion for New
Zealand cricketer Grant Elliott, who will turn
out against South Africa, the land of his birth,
at Eden Park in the World Cup semi-final.
The 36-year-old came to New Zealand in
2001 and gained residency in 2007, but one of
his most evocative cricketing memories comes
from the last time the World Cup was played
in Australia and New Zealand. It coincided
with the Proteas’ tournament debut.
“The 1992 World Cup was the reason I
started playing cricket,” Elliott recalled last
month. “My mum let me stay at home to
watch South Africa versus Australia. I got
suspended from school as a result, and wasn’t
allowed to play cricket in the Wednesday and
“It was well worth it, though. That
tournament made me realise I wanted to be a
professional cricketer at age 12-13.”
Elliott attended the renowned cricketing
school St Stithians College in Johannesburg
before representing the city’s Pirates club and
Gauteng and Griqualand West provinces.
Selection for the South African under-19s
in 1997 saw him score 201 not out against
their England counterparts, who included
future test spinner Graeme Swann. But the
South African quota system meant Elliott ’s
international ambitions might have been
stymied had he stayed.
Until his January return, Elliott ’s chances of
making it to a World Cup for New Zealand
also looked slim.
He’d already laid down a significant post-
cricket insurance policy by studying towards a
Bachelor of Arts in applied management.
“ I get to enjoy cricket because I know I’ve got
a life outside it,” he said.
“ Hitting a leather ball in front of a crowd is
Domestic Twenty20 form and a reputation
as “a team man” respected by captain Brendon
McCullum and the wider New Zealand group
saw him earn a reprieve and, courtesy of the
Alternative Commentary Collective, the
moniker “Hairy Javelin” for his hirsute and
Elliott ’s form has barely seen him put a hair
out of place at the World Cup, apart from a
golden duck against Australia. In 13 innings
since his ODI return, Elliott has averaged 42.1
at a strike rate of 98 including 104 not out
against Sri Lanka in an unbeaten world record
sixth-wicket partnership of 267 with Luke
Ronchi. His selfless batting in the interests of
the team has ensconced him at No5.
In September, Elliott joked he could
“produce a Stephen Donald moment, should
it be required”, in reference to the former All
Black first-five kicking the winning penalty in
the 2011 Rugby World Cup final. Today could
be the day.
A last-second goal
from Caitlin Bassett
secured a dramatic 59-59
draw for trans-Tasman
netball leaders West
Coast Fever against
NSW Swifts in a torrid
top-of-the-table clash in
A high-quality contest
seemed set to end in
favour of the home side
who staged an impressive
comeback only to
be denied as Bassett
remained cool to net the
game’s final point just as
the clock ticked over to
The result leaves the
pair as the only two
undefeated teams after
four rounds with the
Swifts drawing for the
second successive week.
The Swifts had hit the
front for the first time
with only five minutes
remaining of a high-
quality contest, with the
visiting Fever having
held sway for long
The Swifts seemed
dead and buried part
way through the second
quarter but gradually
they started to impress
with their combination
The Fever almost
into the kind of rhythm
which saw them open
the season with three
With the league’s
most prolific goal scorer
Bassett in sparkling
form the Fever raced to
a 19-14 lead at the end
of a fast-paced opening
quarter, and the deficit
remained five at the half-
time break (33-28).
The margin was
reduced to three points
(46-43) by the third
break, leaving the door
open for a dramatic final
quarter as the two sides
virtually went point-
for point in the dying
The result leaves the
Fever a point clear of
both Melbourne Vixens
and the Swifts.
“I’m probably a bit
frustrated that we
again got ourselves in
a situation where we
were really in some
strife,” Swifts coach Rob
“It is probably the
fourth week in a row
that we have had to rely
on the fourth quarter to
get back into the game.
We just can’t keep doing
that because we are
going to run out of luck.
We were probably good
for maybe 20 minutes of
the game, so in the end
we were probably a bit
“For four weeks in a
row I have talked about
consistency, and I sound
like a broken record, but
I need to look at what
we are doing and what
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The Northern Mystics have consolidated
their position at the top of the trans-
tasman league’s New Zealand conference.
But they have a lot more work to do to
consolidate their game plan.
The Mystics overcame the Central
Pulse in the battle of New Zealand’s
two heavyweight sides in Auckland last
night, but were largely unconvincing in
their execution as they trailed the visitors
at every change of ends. It was only a
17-10 final quarter romp that got the
Mystics over the line, with the crafty
Pulse dictating the game for much of the
opening three spells.
For a clash that had been billed as
showdown between New Zealand’s two
premier sides, the match failed to live
up to that standard. Both sides would
have been unhappy with their turnover
count, particularly in their shooting
circles, while the match also seemed to
lack for spectacular defensive plays. The
dour affair was not helped by some overly
officious umpiring, with Jono Bredin and
Fay Meiklejohn taking a lot of pace out of
the game with constant whistle.
The two sides, who between them have
11 current Silver Ferns and two English
internationals, are still expected to be
fighting it out for the top spot in the New
Zealand conference by the end of the
season. But they each have a lot of work
to do to build into some convincing form.
Buoyed by a couple of early defensive
stops, including a Maria Tutaia intercept,
the Mystics made a fast start, taking an
8-3 lead on the back of some slick work
in the attack end.
The Mystics’ confident start soon turned
to overconfidence as the home side were
guilty of trying to be a bit too clever on
attack, opting for the low percentage
plays too many times.
The high-risk strategy cost the home
side the lead as the Pulse settled late in
the quarter after taking a strategic time-
out, turning a six-goal deficit mid-way
through the period into 13-12 lead at the
The Pulse continued to dictate the
pace of the game for much of the second
spell, with shooters Jodi Brown and
Ameliaranne Wells doing a good job of
keeping the defenders guessing.
The Mystics began to make their
move through the middle stages of the
third period as the half-time injection
of Temalisi Fakahokotau brought the
defensive end to life after a quiet second
Two Blake Ferguson tries helped the
Sydney Roosters to a 20-12 victory
over Penrith last night but once again
a refereeing howler was at the centre of
attention at Allianz Stadium.
Ferguson crossed twice in the second
half — his first scores for the club — as
the Roosters bounced back from last week’s
defeat to South Sydney.The centre’s last
four-pointers in the NRL came on this
ground in August 2013 in his final game
for Canberra against the side that he now
Trailing 6-0 to a first-half Shaun
Kenny-Dowall try, Panthers winger Dallin
Watene-Zelezniak looked to have scored
with brilliant one-handed effort.
Lead referee Gerrard Sutton called no-try
but requested a video referral and footage
cleary showed the young New Zealander
had downward pressure on the ball with his
However, Shayne Hayne and Luke Patten
backed Sutton’s initial call much to the
relief of the majority of the 10,753 crowd.
Penrith, chasing a first 3-0 start to a
season since 1997, soon found themselves
8-0 down when James Maloney converted
a penalty before a moment of magic from
Josh Mansour got them on the scoreboard.
Returning to the side following off-season
shoulder surgery, Mansour hauled in a Peter
Wallace kick, then kept his feet in play and
shovel-passed to the onrushing Jamal Idris.
Matt Moylan’s sideline kick cut the
deficit to two points at half-time only for
Ferguson to extend the hosts’ lead five
minutes after the restart.
A wayward pass from Mitchell Pearce hit
the ground but Ferguson reacted quickest
to gather the ball and sprint to the line.
He doubled his tally just after the hour
mark when the Roosters took advantage
of a James Segeyaro’s knock-on and spread
the ball wide for the former NSW centre to
apply an easy finish.
Segeyaro atoned for that error with a try
under the posts 13 minutes from time but a
grandstand finish never materialised as the
Roosters defence held firm.
Roosters coach Trent Robinson was
pleased with his side’s improved defensive
efforts after shipping 32 points to the
Rabbitohs last week.
“There was enough pressure applied
through our ‘D’ for the most part,”
“There were probably
three lapses ... but it was
Panthers coach Ivan
Cleary did his best to
hide his frustration over
the no-try decision as
his side slipped to their
first defeat of the season.
“I thought it was a try,”
“If you have to have
a video then I like the system. I’ve never
been a fan of the video because they don’t
necessarily get it right. But I like the fact
referees make a call.”
Robinson said he was unsure if the call
went in his side’s favour but echoed Cleary’s
support for referees to make an on-field
judgment before sending the decision
upstairs. “I thought it was close, but as soon
as they awarded no try it wasn’t definitive.
It looked like it bounced live ... we kept
looking for one or another and that is as
fair as a description as I can give it,” he said.
PICTURE: Getty Images
Matt Henry bowls yesterday during a New Zealand nets
session at Eden Park, in Auckland.
Henr y set to
maintain NZ attack
Elliott ready for landmark moment
Mystics keep Pulse at bay
Ferguson inspires Roosters
PICTURE: Getty Images
Roosters Blake Ferguson scores ahead of Penrith’s Josh
Mansour and Matt Moylan in last night ’s game.
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