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Hokitika cyclist Sharlotte
Lucas was in top form on
Saturday to win the open
women’s section of the Coast
Road Cycle Challenge, a
100km race from Westport to
Lucas won in 2hrs37.34s.
Corina Wilson was next
in 3hrs04.27s and Rebecca
Marley third in 3hrs14.03s.
In the open men’s race, Scott
Thomas took line honours
in 2hrs26.20s, setting a new
course record. Hokitika’s Brent
Allnut was second and Martin
Ryder Smallman third.
The veteran one women’s
race was won by Karen
Diedendbach, with Liz
Williamson second and
Paulette Birchfield third.
The veteran one men’s race
was won by Ian Walsh, with
Steve Caldwell second and
Shaun Fahey third.
Martyn Williamson was first
in the veteran two men’s race,
with John Doonan second and
third. Jack Walsh
won the youth
the open teams
race, followed by
Sarah and Tom
veteran one teams
race was won by
Brendon Rae and
Tony Howe, of
Amy Devlin won
the women’s open
followed by Lucy
Blake and Kate
the veteran two
women’s, and Ainslie Campbell
the youth section. Nick van
Niekerk won the shorter men’s
open ride in 1hr18.16s, and
Kyle Thompson the veteran
one men’s cycle in 1hr22.10
followed by Tony Gurden and
Monday, November 16, 2015
PICTURE: Getty Images
Ross Taylor of New Zealand hits a boundary to bring up his century against Australia, at Perth.
It started as Kane Williamson’s day and
ended up one of Ross Taylor’s finest at the
The pair of batting champions ensured
New Zealand are firmly in the contest with
two days left in the second test.
Williamson’s 166 maintained his splendid
run of form; Taylor’s 235 not out, batting
through the day, a monumental display
of concentration and skill. Together they
rewrote the records.
On a day notable for speed and patience,
New Zealand will start the fourth day at
510 for six, trailing Australia by 49 with two
Some days the statistics become the story.
For all they may be relevant and
fascinating, piles of numbers can also have
the eyes spinning and bring on the need to
find a cool, dark place.
There were notable achievements by
New Zealand batsmen, and one Australian
bowler, but the story of the day, inspired
by Taylor’s highest test innings and more
brilliance from Williamson, was the tourists’
clearing their throat and for the first time in
the series having a full day to savour.
In the process, they effectively announced
they will still have a say in the outcome of
this three-test series.
Taylor produced one of the best innings
played in Australia and underpinned New
Zealand passing 500 for just the third time
For a large chunk of the day, Taylor had
Williamson for company — truth be told he
was Williamson’s sidekick through the early
stages as the No 3 man peeled off his second
century of the series, his fifth in his last 12
innings and his 12th in all.
Williamson’s 166 was outstanding, full of
splendid strokes and based on impressive
defensive work; Taylor’s classy, and a tribute
to his staying powers.
They added 265 for the third wicket,
eclipsing the old mark for all wickets against
Australia, 253 by Nathan Astle and Adam
Parore 14 years ago, on the same ground.
After Williamson departed, Taylor took
charge of the afternoon.
Among Taylor’s check points yesterday
Becoming the first overseas player to
score a double century at the Waca;
Passing 5000 test runs;
Hitting New Zealand’s first double
century against Australia, in the process
overtaking his mentor Martin Crowe as
highest scorer against Australia in a test
Being the 13th player to score a double
century against Australia;
And joining a group of five New Zealand
players with two or more test double tons.
Taylor grew in stature the longer he was at
the crease. He had the odd shaky moment,
and was dropped at 138 by Mitchell Marsh
at gully off an unimpressed Mitchell Starc.
The bowlers’ response was to send down
the fastest ball ever recorded in a test,
160.4kph. Starc delivered a withering burst
for an over or two to spark up the afternoon
which went increasingly New Zealand’s
Taylor’s previous century had been a year
ago in Dubai.
He has had lean times since then, but
yesterday was a return to his confident best
against a quality attack, albeit one labouring
in conditions designed to make bowlers
want to head to the beach instead.
By stumps Taylor had batted 7hr 40min.
He joined Bruce Edgar (1985) and
Mark Greatbatch (1989) as the only New
Zealanders to bat through an entire day at
“ It’s one of the best innings I’ve seen,”
Williamson said of Taylor’s effort.
“The tempo he batted at, and the length of
time he was at the crease was outstanding.”
Batting coach Craig McMillan added it
was “right up there, an immense innings”.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
NZ heroes at Waca
Cobden’s Amy Devlin was the
fastest woman around the track
in the annual Tuatara Trail
run, held in Greymouth on
The run took competitors up
the Kings Domain Track and
along the Peter Ridge Track
to the Power Pole Track at the
back of the power station hill.
Devlin completed the race in
51.33s, which was impressive
after having also just competed
in the Coast Road Challenge
cycle race. Devlin won the
Punakaiki Express 45km, from
Punakaiki to Greymouth, on
Sar wan Chand took the
fastest time in the Tuatara run
for the second year running,
wining the Marathon Cup in
a time of 36.41s. Ben Aynsley
Dakota Robbins and her
father Tim were the first family
across the line and they also
won the prize for the best selfie.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Runners head uphill in Puketahi Street for the annual Tuatara Trail, behind Greymouth.
Tuatara Trail winner knocks off two events
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Amy Devlin and Nick van Niekerk put the pedal to the metal in the Punakaiki
Express cycle race, between Punakaiki and Greymouth, as part of the Coast
Road Cycle Challenge.
Lucas and Thomas win
Coast Road Cycle Challenge
Covered in mud and loving it — some of the competitors
in last year’s Muddy Buddy adventure race, which will be
repeated this Saturday at the Orowaiti estuar y reser ve, in
Westport. The slithery challenge is open to everyone keen to
have some fun in the mud — a time when the children can
get covered in mud, from head to toe, without getting told
off. This is the third event to be organised by Sport Tasman
and has become a real community event, attracting almost
250 entries last year. Sport and recreation adviser Tamika
Green hopes to see a similar number this year, despite a slow
start. She urged people to get their on-line registrations in so
they could qualify for an array of spot prizes donated by local
businesses. The race over a 1km course will again feature a
range of obstacles designed to make sure you end up with a
face full of mud. Participants will have to crawl under a cargo
net and negotiate a slide, tunnel, tyres and other challenges.
Ms Green hopes people will get into the spirit by dressing
up in fancy costumes and forming teams with their families,
friends or workmates. “ This a great event where everyone
in the community gets stuck in and helps out. It ’s great
fun for all ages and is all about participation.” The race is
open to children five and over, but those under-10 must be
accompanied by an adult. Ever yone must wear closed shoes
for protection, which should also be taped so they stay on. The
race, which is timed to begin at 1.30pm to catch the low tide,
with an entry fee of $15 for a team of two, and $20 for a family
of up to five.
Westpor t fun in the mud
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