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New Zealand’s best men’s squash
player Paul Coll from Greymouth
continues to gather momentum
at the Tournament of Champions
being played in New York this
Winning his two qualifying
matches to get through to the main
draw, Coll continued his winning
way when he won his round two
match to get him into the quarter-
Yesterday, Coll had his career
best win when he beat World No 7
Egypt’s Ali Farag 11-8, 11-8, 8-11,
11-7 in 60 minutes.
Tomorrow at 12.30pm, Coll plays
Englishman James Willstrop in his
quarter-final. Willstrop was the
2010 champion and is a former
World No 1.
In Willstrop’s match he beat
the 2012 champion another
Englishman Nick Matthew in five
tense games, which ended a 10-year
losing streak against his national
New Zealand won the test,
but Bangladesh earned plenty of
compliments from the rival captain last
Kane Williamson pushed New
Zealand to victory with his unbeaten
104, chasing 217 but Bangladesh
bossed at least the first three days
and Williamson was not about to let
the chance go to hand out due credit,
especially for the way they compiled
their 595 for eight declared.
“ We took lessons from them going
into the second innings,” he said.
“The way they batted (in the first
innings) was beautiful on a soft, damp
wicket. It was dark and there was rain
around (on the first day), and they
played well. They played fantastic
cricket and it was great for us to bounce
back and learn and play well and get
the result. ”
Bangladesh had no luck with injuries,
having both opener Imrul Kayes and
captain Mushfiqur Rahim paying
visits to Wellington hospital during the
Kayes limped out late in Bangladesh’s
second innings and got to 36 while
Mushfiqur took severe punishment on
his way to 13 before being felled by a
short ball from Tim Southee.
“Certainly they were unlucky with the
injuries,” Williamson said. “ That ’s never
nice and hard to control. In terms of
the weather, I thought they handled it
better than us in the first innings.”
Williamson took an “anything can
happen’ attitude into the two second
innings of the test.
Bangladesh had a 56-run lead at the
“If you were able to bowl well, you
can put sides under pressure and take
wickets in clumps.
“The way our bowlers came back after
a really tough first innings and bowl
with energy and put the ball in the
right area was a great effort, which set
the game up for us.”
The last four Bangladesh wickets fell
for just 23 as New Zealand’s bowlers
surged for the kill.
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal
insisted that after they made 595 “we
knew this game is not finished yet ”.
“ We always believed there will be one
session, or period of 20-25 overs for
both teams where whoever does well
might win the test and that ’s what New
Zealand did better than us and why
Bangladesh have now lost all six
tests in New Zealand and must pick
themselves up for the second match
starting in Christchurch on Friday.
— New Zealand Herald
suffered a bizarre facial injury as his
Melbourne Renegades downed the
Adelaide Strikers by six runs in last
night’s high-stakes BBL encounter.
Chasing 172 to win, the Strikers
made 8-165 to slide to their fifth
loss in seven games — they now
cannot reach the finals.
Gloveman Nevill was helped
from Adelaide O val with a possible
fractured cheekbone after being
struck by a bat handle.
Nevill was standing well back
from the stumps when Strikers
captain Brad Hodge swung heartily
at a leg-side ball — he connected
with the ball but his bat slipped
from his hands and flew towards
The ‘keeper was watching the
path of the ball into the outfield
when the handle of Hodge’s bat
struck him in the right cheekbone.
Nevill was floored by the contact
and then assisted from the field
with noticeable facial swelling,
before the Renegades closed out
a victory to kept their finals hopes
The Renegades must beat second-
placed Brisbane Heat on Friday
night in Brisbane and hope other
results fall their way to reach the
Aaron Finch’s side posted 9-171
against the Strikers at Adelaide
Oval, a total underpinned by a
superb knock by opener Marcus
Harris, who blasted 85 from 53
Harris crunched six fours and
four sixes in his knock with cameo
support from Callum Ferguson
(26) and Finch (19), who fell to a
stunning outfield catch.
Finch was caught by Adelaide’s
Ben Laughlin, who ran 25 metres
with the flight of the ball before
diving, full-stretch, to complete the
Laughlin was also the pick of
Adelaide’s bowlers, taking 2-15
from four miserly overs while
Kieron Pollard claimed 3-30.
Adelaide’s run chase faltered after
openers Ben D unk (32 from 25
balls) and Tim Ludeman (29 from
22 deliveries) were dismissed.
The Strikers were off the pace
at 2-64 in the ninth over before
Pollard (22) and Hodge (26) tried
to steal momentum, only to fall
short despite a late flurry from Jono
Dean (21 from nine balls).
Nevill was taken to hospital for
X-rays on a suspected fractured jaw,
a Renegades spokesman said.
His team-mate Ferguson said: “I
have never seen anything like it.
That was staggering.”
Adelaide’s Hodge said he had
swapped to new batting gloves the
ball prior to the incident.
“If you have brand new gloves they
have got like this powdery feel to it
and it (the bat) just slipped straight
out of my hands,” Hodge said.
“I tried to grab it and hold onto
probably would have gone out to
square leg, but I sort of just tugged
it round and it him right in the side
of the jaw. ”
New Zealander Amy Satterth-
waite claimed the first hat-trick of
the WBBL season to lift Hobart
into the top four with a dominant
six-wicket win over the Sydney
Thunder last night.
The New Zealand pace bowler
snared 5-17 at Bellerive O val
in Hobart to help restrict the
Thunder to 9-115 from their 20
overs before the home side chased
down the victory target with 10
The emphatic win put the
Hurricanes third on the ladder
with two rounds to play but left
the defending champions’ title
defence in tatters.
languishing in sixth place and two
points out of finals contention
with a weaker net run-rate than
After former Southern Stars
bowler Julie Hunter removed
West Indian big-hitter Stafanie
Taylor first ball, Alex Blackwell
(49) and Rachael Haynes (36)
threatened to take the game away
Satterthwaite then struck, first
removing Haynes on the drive
before having Blackwell caught at
point as she threatened to fire late
in the innings. She then claimed
last year’s star power-hitter
Naomi Stalenberg, Rene Farrell
and had Lauren Cheatle caught at
mid-off to complete the hat-trick.
“It ’s one of those things that
sometimes just go your way,”
a modest Satterthwaite said.
“ You’ve just got to enjoy it when it
happens because it doesn’t happen
all the time.”
In reply, the Hurricanes
remained in control as Erin Burns
(38) and Englishwoman Heather
Knight (34 not out) completed
the bulk of the run-chase.
Hobart are now one point clear
of the Melbourne Stars and
Brisbane in fourth and fifth, while
the Thunder are one point further
back in sixth. — A AP
In his first grand slam match with the
elevated status of having a knighthood and the
No 1 ranking, Andy Murray berated himself
when he made mistakes and frequently yelled
during his 7-5, 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Illya
In other words, nothing much has changed
in his approach.
The five-time finalist, back in Melbourne
trying to end his drought, started on Rod
Laver Arena yesterday and took the first step
in his bid for a first Australian Open title.
Murray has lost four of the past six finals
here — including the last two — to six-time
champion Novak Djokovic. But he did take
something off his long-time friend at the end
of last year when he replaced Djokovic in the
top ranking during a stunning finish to the
In Q ueen Elizabeth II’s New Year’s honors
list, Murray received a knighthood from the
British monarch for reaching the pinnacle of
the sport. Murray said the ranking and the
civic honours will not change anything, and he
faces “the same pressure, same expectations.”
He admits there is one thing he desperately
wants to change. “I’ve never won here — I’m
going to try to change that this year,” he said.
Two players who could potentially stand
in his way — No 5 Kei Nishikori and No
10 Tomas Berdych — had first-round wins
earlier in the day.
Roger Federer made a winning return to
competitive tennis after six months out of the
game yesterday, thrilling a packed Rod Laver
Arena as he beat qualifier Juergen Melzer 7-5,
3-6, 6-2, 6-2 to reach the second round.
The Swiss had to battle hard throughout the
match against his fellow 35-year-old and only
pulled clear of his dogged opponent when the
Austrian tired in the final set. Even Federer
could be forgiven a little rustiness after his
prolonged absence due to a knee injury and he
made 36 unforced errors in his two hours and
six minutes on court.
There were, though, plenty of reminders of
the brilliant shot-making that have helped
Federer to 17 grand slam titles and his 46
to 26 advantage over Melzer in the winner
count told the tale of what was ultimately a
There are 18 American women in the draw,
and two recorded wins in the first two matches
on Rod Laver. Venus Williams went onto
main court right after Shelby Rogers’ upset
win over fourth-seeded Simona Halep, a result
which sent the former French Open finalist
out in the first round again.
Williams also lost in the first round last
year, and did not plan to replicate Halep’s
early exit again. The seven-time major winner
beat Kateryna Kozlova 7-6 (5), 7-5, twice
recovering breaks in the first set and despite
her 48 unforced errors. “It ’s never easy playing
the first round — you’re just trying to find the
rhythm,” Williams said. “S he played amazing.
It ’s very satisfying to get through a match
against an opponent who is on fire. ”
Rogers caused the first upset of the
tournament with her 6-3, 6-1 win over Halep.
She made a surprising run to the French
Open quarter-finals before losing to eventual
champion Garbine Muguruza last year, when
she was ranked No 108, but only advanced to
the second round at one other tournament in
2016. But the run at Roland Garros gave her
“The biggest thing I took away from that was
just that I can compete with the top players in
the world and I’m good enough,” Rogers, who
was playing just her second main draw match
at the Australian Open said.
“So I have definitely carried that away from
the French Open and just been enjoying it a
Halep, a two-time quarter-finalist in
Australia, said she had been hampered by
left knee pain that was compounded by the
pressure of the match.
Seventh-seeded Muguruza saved a set point
in the first set, needed a medical timeout and
had to fend off three break-point chances at
1-4 in the second set before advancing with a
7-5, 6-4 win over Marina Erakovic.
Olympic gold medallist Monica Puig raced
through her opening match, beating Patricia
Tig 6-0, 6-1, and No 20 Zhang Shuai, No 24
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and No 27 Irina-
Camelia Begu also advanced.
Australian teenager Destanee Aiava’s
milestone match ended in a 6-3, 7-6 (4) loss to
German qualifier Mona Barthel. The 16-year-
old Melbourne high school student became
the first player born in this millennium to play
a main draw match at a major.
In two all-US matches, Samantha Crawford
defeated Lauren Davis 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 and
Alison Riske beat Madison Brengle 7-5, 6-3.
Fellow American CoCo Vandeweghe
recovered from a break down, and an illness, in
the second set to beat No 15-seeded Roberta
Vinci 6-1, 7-6 (3).
Two other seeded players lost early women’s
matches, with Var vara L epchenko beating No
19 Kiki Bertens 7-5, 7-6 (5) and former No
1-ranked Jelena Jankovic beating No 26 Laura
Siegemund 6-1, 1-6, 6-4.
On the men’s side, Nishikori needed 3 hours,
34 minutes to beat Andrey Kuznetsov 7-5,
1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6), 6-2, but Berdych only played
Vanni retired from their match.
No 19 John Isner beat Konstantin Kravchuk
6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-1 and advanced along
with No 27 Bernard Tomic, No 29 Viktor
Troicki and No 31 Sam Q uerrey, who beat
Quentin Halys 6-7 (10), 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-4.
Coll sizzling in New York
Big Bash keeper Nevill
hit in face by wayward bat
PICTURE: NZ Herald
New Zealand’s captain Kane Williamson leaves the Basin Reserve with Bangladesh skipper Tamim Iqbal yesterday in
Black Caps fightback
f loors Bangladesh
NZ gives credit to ‘fantastic’ Bangladesh
Satterthwaite claims hat-trick in Big Bash
AUSTRALIAN TENNIS OPEN
Murray unconvincing in first round win
PICTURE: Getty Images
Andy Murray returns a shot to Illya Marchenko in yesterday’s match at Melbourne
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