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The All Whites recorded their first
win under coach Anthony Hudson
this morning, with a 1-0 victory over
92nd ranked Oman at the Al Seeb
Stadium in Muscat.
New Zealand captain Chris Wood
scored what proved to be the winner
in the fifth minute as the All Whites
tasted victory for the first time in 13
matches since a 1-0 win over Saudi
Arabia in September 2013.
Four players made their senior
debut in the All Whites’ final match
of 2015 as Henry Cameron and
Sam Brotherton started the game
while second half substitutes L ogan
Rogerson and Te Atawhai-Hudson
Wihongi also recorded their first
Blackpool FC teenager Cameron
made a bright beginning to life as
an All White, his energy and thrust
creating the first scoring chance for
Wood in behind the Oman defence
in the fifth minute.
The All Whites’ captain was
released into the area and the Leeds
United striker composed himself
before curling an excellent finish
beyond Oman goalkeeper and
captain Ali Al Habsi.
The home side — unbeaten in five
2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers
this year — responded to going
behind, increasing their tempo
in possession and created several
scoring chances without profiting.
Ahmed Mubarek and Saad
Suhail both squandered good
opportunities with clear sights of
Stefan Marinovic’s goal in the first
15 minutes but from there the All
Whites defensive unit settled and
did well during the rest of the first
period, despite the hosts controlling
possession for large periods, to limit
clear scoring chances.
With time winding down in the
first 45 minutes, Cameron’s debut
was cut short due to injury with the
teenager stretchered off and he was
replaced by Alex Rufer.
The second half saw the tempo
slow as Hudson’s side retained their
compact defensive shape, limiting
the hosts to largely shooting chances
from distance while their periods of
possession early in the period saw
the New Zealanders remain patient
and look to move the ball and their
opponents from flank to flank.
Already a U17 and U23
representative this year, Rogerson
became the third player to make his
All Whites debut midway through
the half, replacing Clayton L ewis in
the 67th minute before Auckland
City’s Hudson-Wihongi entered
the fray for Marco Rojas in the final
10 minutes for his first senior action.
Although the hosts pressed for
an equaliser in the final stages, the
All Whites stood firm and prevent
any clear scoring chances to secure
a memorable win for the New
Hudson said the result was earned
on the back of a performance which
stuck to task over the course of the
“It was a big performance because
we only had a couple of days on the
training pitch,” Hudson said.
“I think the key was us trying to
progress what we were doing but
also having a real basic game plan
to stay in the game as long possible
because we knew coming here
against team unbeaten at home it
was going to very tough.
“Overall I’m very pleased with the
Hudson hailed the effort of the
young contingent of the side as three
age-group internationals from 2015
made their debuts in the victory.
“I think one or two of our players
have probably got their chance a
little bit sooner because we’ve had
a lot of injuries. Every time they ’ve
stepped up they ’ve handled the
occasion very well.
“It’s another real step for ward in
their progression and we’ve added
a few more players to what we’re
doing in terms of experience.”
Hudson added the result is a
boost for a team continuing to work
towards their first 2018 FIFA World
Cup qualifiers in 2016.
“I think we showed a lot of
character tonight and we took a step
forward in terms of togetherness.
“The bigger picture has always been
we are preparing for the Nations
Cup and this will give us confidence
we can go to a team that’s one of
the best in West Asia and get a
of the New Zealand Herald
Honest cricket players walk when they
know they are out, but Chris Cairns
showed an “arrogance beyond belief ”
to take legal action when accused of
match-fixing, a court has heard.
The 45-year-old took a “dishonest ”
libel case against Lalit Modi, which he
won in 2012, but in the course of victory
committed perjury and per verted the
course of justice, Crown prosecutor
Sasha Wass QC said.
She had already compared Cairns to
disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, who
maintained his innocence but was later
stripped of seven Tour de France titles,
for bringing shame on their sports.
In her closing speech to the jury at the
Southwark Crown Court, Wass said one
of the top cricketers in the world had
been sitting opposite them for the past
Cricket was known for fair play, said the
Queen’s Counsel, but Cairns had made a
“mockery” of the game by cheating and
encouraging others to cheat.
“The top players don’t cheat, it ’s not
“He has made a mockery of the game
of cricket, disrespected fans worldwide
and disrespected the game.”
The prosecutor said the legal fraternity
also prided itself by playing by the rules
and Andrew Fitch-Holland, jointly
charged with per verting the course
of justice, had also disrespected his
His explanation of a Skype call
with Lou Vincent, in which he tries
to persuade the cricketer to support
Cairns libel case, was an “insult to your
intelligence,” Wass said.
Fitch-Holland made three “ blunders”
which showed he knew Cairns was
involved in match-fixing and therefore
he was asking Vincent to provide a false
statement, the prosecutor said.
Wass maintained Fitch-Holland had
made three blunders that exposed how
much he knew about Cairns fixing
games, and how that pointed to them
jointly seeking a false statement.
When Modi tweeted that Cairns
was removed from the Indian Premier
League auction for his “past record” of
fixing, Fitch-Holland quoted Cairns as
saying” “Modi’s f—-ed me, I’m gone, I’m
Those were not the words of an
innocent man unfairly wronged, said
Wass, but one who believed the “I’ve
The second “blunder”, according to
the Crown, was Fitch-Holland asking
Cairns if there was a “smoking gun” such
as a recording of him receiving money.
That was not questioning whether
Cairns was guilty, Wass said, but if
anyone could prove it.
Thirdly, Fitch-Holland warned Cairns
about two other libel cases including
Lord Jeffrey Archer who was found
guilty of perjury during the libel hearing
and ser ved two years in prison.
“ Why would he warn Chris Cairns,
unless he knew the allegations by Mr
Modi ... were correct?”
Wass said the “wall of evidence” of
match-fixing was over whelming.
This included “bricks” of direct
evidence from witnesses such as Lou
Vincent, Brendon McCullum and Ellie
Riley, but also indirect evidence who
corroborated key parts of their accounts.
McGoldrick, Daniel Vettori, Kyle Mills,
Steve Pearson, Phil Hayes and Ricky
Ponting — provided “unanswerable”
evidence that the others were not
making false allegations, Wass said.
The Crown prosecutor said Adams
told the jury about a conversation
where Cairns was “openly boasting” that
nobody would be able to prove match-
fixing in the unsanctioned Indian
Ellie Riley also said Cairns was “very
confident ” of not being caught and
Lou Vincent told her that Cairns was
dismissed from the ICL for match-
fixing, although the public reason given
was an undisclosed ankle injury, Wass
This matched up with the evidence
of Andrew Hall, another player at the
Chandigarh Lions, who said Cairns
told him he was sacked for match-
fixing allegations but not to believe the
Another player Dinesh Mongia, whom
Lou Vincent alleged was involved in
match-fixing, was also dismissed the
same night in October 2008.
Cairns was also on a list of 11 “tainted”
ICL players thought to be involved in
unethical conduct, with his name beside
the words “arranged match-fixing”.
pointed to payments of $US250,000
($NZ382,200) from a diamond trader
with no contract — and Cairns had
large sums of cash, once repaying £9000
($NZ20,963) to Daniel Vettori in £20
When Wass questioned Cairns about
the Vettori payment, he said he was often
paid large amounts of cash for appearing
at functions or speaking engagements.
He admitted he did not bank the
money in order to avoid paying tax.
“ We suggest it was dirty money,
criminal money. Chris Cairns says it was
legitimate but ‘I was fiddling my tax’,”
“ Either way, it doesn’t show him in
attractive light. ”
She said the evidence against Cairns
was “over whelming. ”
“ We suggest both the defendants
should be ashamed of themselves, and
both are guilty of both counts in the
The Q ueen’s Counsel representing
Cairns and Fitch-Holland will present
their final arguments to the jury next
Friday, November 13, 2015
Australian Oracle skipper
Jimmy Spithill appears
to have lost a high-stakes
trans-Tasman bet with New
Zealander Dean Barker.
Spithill, who is currently boat
testing and racing in Bermuda,
reluctantly posted a photo to
his Instagram account this
morning, posing in an All
Blacks shirt with former Team
NZ skipper Barker.
“Can anyone guess what bet
I lost?” posted Spithill, along
with the hash tag #48hours of
Barker is also in Bermuda as
skipper and CEO of the newly
formed Japanese challenge,
Softbank Team Japan.
— New Zealand Herald
MATCH FIXING INQUIRY
‘ Top players don’t
cheat, it’s not cricket ’
Chris Cairns leaves court.
Wood strike clinches
All Whites win over Oman
Spithill loses bet
Aussie Jimmy Spithill was made to wear
an All Blacks jersey after losing a bet with
former Team NZ skipper Dean Barker.
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