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The Lions roared, Nelson
failed to answer and Buller
made cricket history.
The ASB Buller Lions senior
men’s cricket team clinched
a challenge for the Hawke
Cup — described as cricket ’s
equivalent of rugby’s Ranfurly
Shield — in Nelson, on Sunday.
Buller batted all day on
Saturday and until just after
lunch on Sunday, when the two
captains agreed to call off the
By then, Buller had scored
522 runs for 7 wickets against
Golden Edge Nelson Griffins,
which never got to bat.
It was Buller’s highest-ever
score and the only time an
opposing team has declined to
bat against a Buller total.
New Zealand’s smallest
cricket association now has
a Hawke Cup challenge
against Canterbury Country in
Rangiora in three weeks’ time.
It will be Buller’s first challenge
for the district trophy since the
Hawke Cup competition began
nationwide 106 years ago.
Buller’s innings was anchored
by centuries from vice-captain
Andrew Duncan (157) and
captain Troy Scanlon (118
not out). D uncan batted for
two-and-a -half hours. Scanlon
camped at the crease for over
Scanlon said the highlight for
him was that every Buller player
who batted scored runs.
“Everyone applied themselves
.. . the guys batted for
themselves and for the team and
The pivotal moment was when
Duncan and Alistair Burnett
got together at 113 for 3, he
“If we’d lost another wicket
then, we could have been in a
bit of trouble.
“But those two boys batted
superbly and took us through
to about 220 for four before
Alistair went out for 75.”
Their performance had sent a
message to following batsmen
that Buller had a good chance.
Duncan’s knock of 157 was
Scanlon said Buller was under
no illusions that the challenge
against Canterbury Country on
January 29, 30 and 31, would be
“ I think if we play our best
cricket we will be more than
competitive but we know it’s
going to be hard.
“ It’s just great to get the
opportunity to go and play a
three-day game. I think all the
boys are pretty excited about
Team manager Pete Knowles
said the result was “absolutely
“ We took the game to Nelson,
played aggressively ... it has
to give the Buller players a
belief that they are more than a
capable team, they are not easy
Playing in a Hawke Cup
challenge was the pinnacle of
many cricketers’ careers, as the
cup was like cricket ’s version of
rugby’s Ranfurly Shield, he said.
It was unheard of for such
a small association to secure
a challenge. Buller was also
unusual in having no imported
professional players - all the
team were locals, Knowles said.
“They’ve all come through the
Buller system of coaching and
playing — it ’s a real compliment
to the Buller cricket association
that developed this team. It’s
The Buller scorers were:
Michael Grafton 39, Craig
Adams 22, Nik Cumming 28,
Alistair Burnett 75, Andrew
Duncan 157, Troy Scanlon 118
not out, Frano Volckman 36,
Ben Pratt 21, Troy Adams 6
Nik Cumming, back left, Michael Grafton, Troy Adams, Michael Anderson, Clinton Harvey, Eden Sinclair, Craig Adams, Ben
Pratt, manager Pete Knowles. Front: Alistair Burnett, Andrew D uncan, Troy Scanlon, Frano Volckman, Ethan Slee.
Buller bats into cricket history
The Kevin Myers juggernaut is
expected to roll on into Hokitika
tomorrow with an intent focus on the
nine-race programme at the Westland
Racing Club 150th meeting.
The Whanganui stable has been to
the fore on the first two days of the
West Coast New Year circuit picking
up three wins at Reefton, including
the $25,000 Molloy and Associates
At Kumara on Saturday, Myers again
saddled up three winners including the
Kumara Gold Nuggets and the feature
sprint on the card and the in-form
stable has its eyes on the $25,000 West
Coast Scrap and Steel Miss Scenicland
Stakes WFA 1645m with Gold Allure.
The Sakhee’s Secret four-year-old
impressed winning at Reefton over
1400m last Wednesday, backing up
from a solid win at New Plymouth.
The only query tomorrow will be the
state of the track at Hokitika as Gold
Allure is yet to to be tested on heavy
Tactical and Pretty Good Excuse are
well suited to the set weight conditions
and despite recent form are expected to
be more than competitive here.
Tactical raced in good company last
campaign and produced a battling
effort at Kurow last month.
Pretty Good Excuse has been
freshened to race on the pace, which
is always an advantage on the tricky,
turning Hokitika course.
The Andrew Carston-trained runner
cannot be discounted and offers each-
way claims in the feature race.
Myers eyes more success in Hokitika
Ben Smith has led a rugby training session
with children in Wanaka this morning after
a young fan sent him a handwritten note
asking the All Black to attend.
A young rugby player named Kade sent
the All Blacks and Highlanders star the note
which Smith responded to today, yesterday.
It was shared on the Upper Clutha Trading
Post community Facebook group for people
in Wanaka and the surrounding region.
“ To Ben,” the message read. “ Would you
like to come and teach us some rugby skills.
Smith wrote: “Hey, just got this message
from some kids along the road. I’ll be down
at the rugby fields in Wanaka at 8.30am
“If any kids want to come down and chuck
a rugby ball around and help me with my
training they are welcome.”
Smith was true to his word, leading the
session this morning with plenty of local
children taking part.
2015 was a huge year for Smith, who got
married, had a baby daughter, won a Super
rugby title and won a World Cup.
Following the win, he was able to have some
downtime with wife Katie and 10-month-
old daughter Annabelle, who journeyed to
see him play in the knockout games at the
Rugby World Cup.
Smith said that had made everything a bit
easier for him to deal with at the climax of
“It was a long time away — six to seven
weeks before the family got there. It was
awesome having them over there, just to
get to spend some time with them. I had to
change the nappies on my day off.’’
Now that the summer break is over,
Smith’s focus is on leading the Highlanders
to another Super Rugby win alongside
co-captain Shane Christie.
— New Zealand Herald
Warren Gatland, who led the British and
Irish Lions to their triumph over Australia
in 2013, is no certainty to coach the side
on their tour to New Zealand in 2017.
The New Zealand coach of Wales was
considered a safe bet to take up where
he left off in Australia, where the Lions
won the series 2-1, but John Spencer,
the manager of the team which will tour
Down Under next year, has revealed that
only a head coach able to take a year-long
sabbatical will be considered for the trip.
Gatland, one of the highest paid rugby
coaches in the world, will learn whether
or not he has the Lions job towards the
end of the Northern Hemisphere summer,
following the completion of the home
nations’ visits to the southern hemisphere.
Wales tour New Zealand for a three-
test series in June. Spencer, speaking at a
sponsor’s announcement, said coaching
form over the next six months would be
pivotal and refused to endorse Gatland.
“I couldn’t say if Warren is in a strong
position. We have to keep an open mind
until the last minute and look at teams
in the Six Nations and summer tours,”
“He has obviously been very successful.
As far as the New Zealand tour is
concerned it is a blank sheet. Everyone has
to have a first tour.
“If you get into the Lions culture and
values you can understand it pretty well
“ We could well look outside the Six
Nations, but I haven’t heard of any
proposals for that at the moment.
“ We would expect them to give 100% of
their time to the Lions. That would be the
best preparation and we are looking for
Chief executive John Feehan said the
Lions will not be making a stop on the
way to New Zealand despite offers from
the United States, the Far East and the
The Lions stopped off in Hong Kong
for a match en route to Australia in 2013
but next year’s tour will be confined to the
home of the world champions, with 10
matches scheduled in June and July.
“ We don’t have the time for it (a stop-
off ),” Feehan said. “ We’d love to have
done it but we don’t have the time. We
have 10 games in New Zealand this time,
more than in Australia, and we just don’t
have the time for an 11th game. It’s a
shame but it ’s one of those things.”
The Lions last toured New Zealand in
2005 and suffered a whitewash as the All
Blacks won the series 3-0 with first-five
Dan Carter, who had made his test debut
two years earlier, taking a starring role.
The tour was controversial for several
reasons, not least Brian O’Driscoll’s injury
in Christchurch from the tackle of Keven
Mealamu and Tana Umaga, and coach
Clive Woodward’s insistence on bringing
spin doctor Alistair Campbell.
Feehan said Eddie Jones, the Australian
recently appointed as England coach, was
unlikely to be given the Lions job.
— New Zealand Herald
of the New Zealand Herald
New Zealand will go top of
the world Twenty20 rankings
if they beat Pakistan 3-0 in
their series starting at Eden
Park on Friday.
The margins are so tight on
the table that New Zealand
can jump from equal sixth
with Pakistan on 114 points,
with a clean-sweep.
A 3-0 win would have them
ahead of No 1 side West
Indies, who are on 118 points.
A 2-1 win would have New
Zealand fifth, ahead of South
A series loss would drop
them to eighth spot.
Among the threats Pakistan
will pose is convicted spot
fixer Mohammad Amir.
However New Zealand all-
rounder Grant Elliott is not
buying into talk about the
“That ’s not something that
worries us,” Elliott said today.
‘’All we are concerned about
is how good people are on the
cricket field. That ’s for outside
sources to sort out.”
Asked if Amir, one of three
players convicted and jailed
for fixing during a test in
England in 2010, deser ve a
second chance, Elliott laid off.
“I’m not going to go into
any of that stuff. What I
know is I played against Amir
in 2009 in the test series and
he was a very quick bowler
“It will be interesting to
see how he come back from
what ’s happened,” Elliott said.
New Zealand had taken
confidence out of their 2-0
beating of former world
No 1 side Sri Lanka in the
“ We showed character to
pull through the first game
(in Mt Maunganui, by three
runs) while the second was
a convincing victory (nine
wickets at Eden Park on
“That will give us a lot of
confidence going into the
“They possess different
threats, they obviously have a
lot of left armers and quite a
bit of experience as well.”
Elliott ’s last international
at Eden Park was his finest
moment for New Zealand,
hitting the winning six in the
World Cup semi-final against
South Africa last March.
He has been sidelined
with a broken arm through
the early part of this season,
but played a major part in
the second Sri Lankan win,
taking four for 22 with his
“ I felt like I hadn’t really
left. It ’s a great environment
to play in. That’s always a
good feeling and Eden Park
has special fond memories for
the team that played in the
World Cup.” — NZ Herald
Toulon owner Mourad
Boudjellal has revealed
he is not too impressed
with recent signings Ma’a
Nonu, Q uade Cooper and
The controversial owner
told reporters last week
that Nonu, who joined the
Top 14 club after winning
his second Rugby World
Cup title, was not yet a
‘ lost bet ’ but had produced
performances for the
Ahead of Sunday ’s win
over Bath, Boudjellal said
in Le10sport that Cooper’s
performances were being
not “at the level for which
we have recruited.”
Toulon won the
Champions Cup clash
12-9 but according to
the Guardian match
report “Neither (Nonu
nor Cooper) did much to
alter those perceptions (of
Boudjellal, who last week
threatened to withdraw
Toulon from the Top
14, was most scathing
of three-time All Black
Tom Taylor saying: “I
have the impression that
Tom Taylor, an All Black,
trembles each time he has
a penalty attempt. ”
— New Zealand Herald
The awards keep rolling in for Dan
Carter, who has now been honoured by
the Rugby Union Writers’ Club.
Carter received the Pat Marshall
Memorial Award as rugby’s personality
of 2015, presented at a dinner in
Carter said: “ There are some amazing
names on this trophy so to have my
name alongside these legends is very
humbling. There’s David Kirk who
helped win the inaugural World Cup
in 1987. There’s Jonah back in 1995 —
an amazing athlete and top guy. Sean
Fitzpatrick is there too.
“Jonny Wilkinson in 2003 — who
could argue with that? It ’s a huge
honour to have my name sketched on
this and be a part of history.”
Carter finished his All Black career
by leading them to the World Cup
triumph late last year, before taking
up a contract with French club Racing
The first five-eighths has already been
named world player of the year for the
third time, was man of the match in the
final against Australia, and beat Novak
Djokovic, Katie Ledecky, Usain Bolt,
Jordan Spieth and Serena Williams to
be crowned the BBC’s overseas sports
personality of the year.
— New Zealand Herald
Smith true to word, leads training session
PICTURE: Joanne White
Ben Smith signs an autograph for a
young fan following his training session in
Toulon owner rips
into Nonu, Cooper
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Black Cap batsmen Colin Munro, left, and Kane
Williamson leave the field after winning the Twenty20
against Sri Lanka at Eden Park on Sunday.
not worr ying
Steven Adams had a career night, but
it was not enough for the Oklahoma
City Thunder as they fell 115-110 to
the Portland Trail Blazers.
Adams tied his career-high with 17
points, shooting a perfect 6/6 from the
field against the inexperienced Blazers
big man rotation of Miles Plumlee,
Ed Davis, Meyers Leonard and Noah
His display including some high-
flying dunks, including an impressive
one-handed alley-oop from Russell
Adams added a team-high 10
rebounds in his 35 minutes on the
court, and also went 5/9 from the
free-throw stripe, suffering from the
“Hack-A” fouling strategy which the
Blazers implemented late to try to get
back into the game.
broadcasting crew were a bit confused
by Adams’ nationality.
Unfortunately for the Thunder, the
Blazers came roaring into the contest
late, with point guard Damian Lillard
the star of the show with 31 points,
seven rebounds and nine assists.
He had an excellent battle (admittedly
lacking defence) with Westbrook, who
put up 25 points, nine rebounds and 15
Adams’ performance coincides with
research that Adams is the best player
in NBA history at winning the opening
tip-off. — New Zealand Herald
coming for Carter
Adams ties career high
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