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The Gordonian, trained
by Jack and Joanne Gordon,
ventured from the deep south
to take out the $25,000
Recreation Hotel Greymouth
Cup with a commanding win
over the 2000m distance in the
Greymoujth Jockey Club feature
race on Saturday.
The eight-year-old gelding
was right at home in the heavy
conditions and had good form
leading into the feature with a
first up second on its home track
in early December and a bold
sixth placing at Wingatui, prior
to racing at Greymouth.
A calculated economical ride
by jockey Gosen Jogoo saw
the Ascot Park galloper settle
in behind the pace making
Overtheriver opting out of a
speed duel but was set alight at
the 800m mark.
“He jumped good and I had
to decide whether to go for ward
and have a speed duel or sit
back,” Jogoo said after the race.
“My horse settled in the
trail nicely until the 800m,
when I sent him up outside
Overtheriver. Terry Moseley
(Kaharau) came outside me
at the 600m to make a line of
three. I was in the middle and travelling
really good. I hit my horse twice coming
down the straight and he just kicked again.”
Relishing the conditions, The Gordonian
held an ever-increasing four-length margin
at the line over Kaharau, with the top
weight Overtheriver battling on in third
Twelve months ago, Lauren Davis played a
2016 ASB Classic qualifier on the back courts
of Auckland’s tennis arena.
On Saturday, the 23-year-old lifted the trophy
as Classic champion.
The unseeded American was crowned the
City of Sails’ new champion after a cruisy
straight-sets victory over Croatian eighth-seed
Ana Konjuh 6-3, 6-1.
The final was one-way traffic from the
get-go in calm conditions, as the ultra-
consistent Davis wore down her teenage
opponent and capitalised on her 47 unforced
Konjuh was particularly susceptible facing
ser ve, winning just 31% of all return points,
while Davis dominated her opponent ’s second
ser ve, winning 64% of points.
While the Croatian showed glimpses of her
mercurial talent and thumping forehand, those
moments were too frequently punctured by
The 19-year-old was broken twice in the
first and three times in the second set as Davis
ultimately coasted to her maiden WTA title.
“ I’ve been looking for ward to this moment
for years, putting a lot of hard work in, a lot of
blood, sweat and tears,” the world No 61 said. “I
felt like I had nothing to lose, so I just thought
I’d leave it all out on the court.”
Both held their ner ve in the opening games
before cracks started to show for Konjuh,
playing into the scrapping Davis’ hands with
ser vice and forecourt errors.
Konjuh was broken to give Davis a 4-2 lead
and, despite breaking back in the following
game, she was broken again to give Davis the
first set 6-3.
Broken again in the first set of the second,
Konjuh was on the ropes and visibly distressed
by her carelessness, hanging her head after each
Davis held after a protracted deuce to go 2-0
up, before capitalising on more Konjuh errors
to break twice more and win the final 6-3, 6-1.
Despite the dominant scoreline, Davis was
adamant the match was no walkover.
“Ana is an incredible player, she hits the ball
extremely hard and penetrates through the
court with an amazing ser ve,” Davis said.
“ I knew I had what it took, it was just a matter
of execution and staying relaxed.”
Standing at just 157cm, the Florida-based
Davis isn’t blessed with the physical presence
of a Williams sister but covers the court with
impressive speed and rarely errs.
Venus, Serena and Caroline Wozniacki
quickly came and went in Auckland but Davis
stuck it out, defeating three seeded players
en route to the title.
She will now head on to Melbourne and
the Australian Open, looking to cause more
surprises on the highest stage.
“ I think that ’s how I am in general, I’ve been
blessed with that type of personality,” Davis
said. “ You have to, being my size — I work hard
and run for every ball.” — NZN
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Corey Anderson, all-rounder,
is currently Corey Anderson,
batsman, and it is not a
Even after his thunderous,
record-setting 94 not out in New
Zealand ’s 27-run win in the third
and final T20 against Bangladesh
at Mount Maunganui yesterday,
Anderson yearns to have the ball
back in his left mitt as well.
Back injuries have bedevilled
Anderson’s career and he is
coming back after another lay-off.
He last bowled for New
Zealand at Visakhapatnam, in
the final ODI against India on
October 29. Anderson bowled
four overs for 27 as New Zealand
were walloped by 190 runs in the
deciding match of the five-game
Anderson did actually bowl
an over in New Zealand’s most
recent T20 before the Bangladesh
visit. It was in the world T20
semifinal against England last
March, and cost 16.
Still the strongly-built left
armer makes no bones about
it; he wants to be a complete all
round performer again.
“I’m just working on it in the
last night. “I’ve been playing as
a batter for the last little while
and it’s frustrating. But hopefully
sooner rather than later I can be
back at the bowling crease.”
Anderson quipped that after
a match in which New Zealand
were not the only team dishing
out some tap to the opposing
bowlers — Bangladesh rushing
to 69 in the first six overs of
their reply before falling short —
that “sometimes you don’t miss
He clouted 10 sixes in his
41-ball sprint yesterday, breaking
Brendon McCullum’s old mark of
eight sixes in his century against
Australia in Christchurch seven
For all that, Anderson takes his
allround role seriously.
“It would be nice being back
bowling. I turn into a bit of a
“ You feel a complete player
being back in the game and you
feed off that (full involvement).
If you miss out with the bat you
try and perform with the ball, and
Anderson is loathe to put a time
frame on his return to bowling.
He did not bowl in the first four
games of the Indian ODI series
and it was a surprise to see him
back at the bowling crease in
For certain, when he does return
it will be in small doses.
“I’d steer clear of time frames,”
26-year-old Anderson said.
“If you put markers in place you
tend to rush when things aren’t
going smoothly. Where the finish
point is I’m unsure, but we’ll get
there slowly and steadily.”
Anderson is not in the first test
squad and offered a cautionary
note to those expecting New
Zealand to steamroll Bangladesh
in the two-test series.
“The outcomes and scores (of
the ODI and T20 series) have
probably not been a great sign of
how competitive they have been,”
he said. — New Zealand Herald
New Zealand have completed
a Twenty20 whitewash of
Bangladesh with a 27-run
win in the third and final
international at Bay Oval in
Anderson’s 41-ball 94 which
helped New Zealand reach
194-4, and was underlined by
a disciplined bowling effort
headed by Ish Sodhi’s 2-22 off
Anderson, who had posted
distinctly average scores of
13 and four in the first two
matches, and skipper Kane
Williamson featured in a
pivotal partnership, putting
on 124 runs in 72 balls for the
Williamson was bowled for
60 by Rubel Hossain with 11
balls remaining, but Anderson
went on to finish his innings
with a flourish.
He belted 24 off nine balls,
clearing the rope three times to
set a New Zealand T20 record
of 10 sixes, bettering Brendon
McCullum’s eight set seven
years ago against Australia.
Williamson and Anderson
came together early in the
seventh over, with the Black
Caps teetering at 41-3, building
momentum slowly in reaching
55-3 after 10 overs before
Bangladesh’s chase started
well despite the unexpected
absence of an injured Imrul
Kayes, with makeshift openers
Tamim Iqbal and Soumya
Sakar putting on 44 off 4.4
overs for the opening wicket.
Trent Boult, who finished with
2-42, removed Tamim for 24
with a shorter ball, but Soumya
kept the run rate ticking over at
around 10 an over.
He went two balls into the
eighth over for 42 off 28 balls,
Sodhi taking a tricky caught
and bowled in a swirling wind,
and it was all downhill for
They were two batsmen short,
Kayes pushed down the order
after injuring his knee when
he crashed into the advertising
hoardings as he tried to haul in
a Corey Anderson six.
Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza
was also doubtful after another
Anderson drive crashed into his
In their absence, Bangladesh
losing wickets regularly as they
battled to 167-7 off their 20
New Zealand, who also
went unbeaten in three one-
Bangladesh last month, now
begin a two-test series in
Wellington on Thursday.
PICTURE: Getty Images
Corey Anderson celebrates scoring a half century during the third
Twenty20 international against Bangladesh.
Corey Anderson — I want to be an all-rounder
ASB TENNIS CLASSIC
Davis wins ASB Classic in
straight-sets against Konjuh
PICTURE: Getty Images
Lauren Davis of USA poses with the trophy after winning her final match against Ana
Konjuh of Croatia on day six of the ASB Classic.
PICTURES: Paul McBride
Eventual winner Van Gogh (2) with rider Sarah MacNabb, jumps from the gates at the start of the first race, the Jack O’Donnell
Memorial Maiden 1500m.
The Gordonian and rider Josen Jogoo were comfortable winners of the $25,000 Recreation Hotel
The Gordonian wins Greymouth Cup
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