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Black Caps captain Kane Williamson dismisses Australia’s Josh Hazlewood on a run out to win the first one day international at Eden Park yesterday.
New Zealand cricket fans finally have
reason to feel good about a trans-Tasman
ODI ending with an underarm.
Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson
came up with the crucial dismissal that
ended yesterday ’s topsy-tur vy thriller in
Auckland, running out Josh Hazlewood
at the non-striker’s end.
The wicket left Marcus Stoinis stranded
on 146 not out and handed Australia a
six-run defeat in an epic series opener at
Notably it was the same margin that
Australia defeated New Zealand by at
the MCG in 1981, when Greg Chappell
instructed brother Trevor to underarm
the final ball of the ODI.
Williamson placed himself at a very
straight short mid-on, hoping to stop
Stoinis from taking a single from the last
ball of the 47th over from Tim Southee
to retain the strike, but also close to the
stumps ready to pounce if there was a
mix-up running between wickets.
Southee delivered with a perfect yorker,
which Stoinis could only squeeze out to
the right of the Black Caps captain.
He collected the ball, turned, then
underarmed it to find Hazlewood just
short of his ground.
The direct hit was sweet relief for
Williamson, who dropped a catch when
Stoinis was on 91 then missed a simple
chance to run him out on 127. And it
was pure despair for Stoinis.
“The plan was to try and hit a six and
draw the game, leaving Joshy to win the
game,” the allrounder said of the final
ball in the 47th over.
“My gut feel was it was out, but I
couldn’t see anything. That happened
pretty quickly, it was a good yorker by
“For a big guy, Josh moved pretty well
didn’t he? Dived back ... was it close
in the end? I couldn’t really see on the
replay.” New Zealand batsman Neil
Broom praised Williamson for keeping
a cool head amid the chaos.
“For Kane to set that field and
complete the run-out, that was pretty
good captaincy,” Broom said.
“ Well bowled in the first place and for
him (Williamson) to hit stumps, he’d
missed previously and dropped a catch
so he’ ll be happy about that for sure.”
Earlier, setting the visitors a healthy
total of 287 for victory, the Black
Caps cleaned up Australia’s specialist
batsmen early on, leaving them teetering
Yet they simply could not close out
the match, with 27-year-old allrounder
Stoinis thrashing a maiden ODI century
batting at No 7 as the Australian tail
wagged as enthusiastically as a labrador
waiting for dinner.
With last man Josh Hazlewood
shielded from the strike for four overs,
the West Australian hit 11 sixes and
nine boundaries on his way to 146 not
out from just 117 balls.
Within sight of a stunning victory,
Hazlewood was run out by Kane
Williamson while attempting to avoid
strike to allow New Zealand to let out
collective sigh on the field and in the
“Guys were just getting deposited over
the fence at will, he was just looking
straight, not trying to drag anything,
focusing on the short boundaries,”
batsman Neil Broom said.
“ When a guy’s going like that, he can
pull anything off, he can chase down
whatever, so it just looked like it was
going to be his day.”
The 33-year-old Broom played his own
part in the home side’s win, partnering
with Jimmy Neesham to stave off a New
Zealand middle-order collapse.
A solid 74-run second-wicket stand
between Williamson and opener Martin
Guptill, who notched 61, had put the
New Zealanders into a commanding
position at 128-2.
Ross Taylor then departed, followed
by Guptill and Colin Munro in quick
succession, left the Black Caps on the
precipice at 134-5 .
Neesham and Broom reasserted
control with a squad-settling 76-run
Broom provided the platform for the
big-hitting Neesham to score six fours
on his way to 48, before upping the ante
on his way to 73.
“ To go out there and not really hit it as
well as I’d like to but to sort of get the
job done, to get 70-odd, was pleasing,”
The Black Caps looked in control
against an under-strength Australian
batting line-up after reducing the
visitors to 18-3.
Shaun Marsh and Glenn Maxwell
added a stand of 30 but they were 67-6
inside the 19 overs and seeming out of
Yet Stoinis steadied the ship with
useful cameos from James Faulkner and
Pat Cummins, before ultimately blasting
six after six to get them on the verge of
an improbable win.
Coming off to a standing ovation from
a hostile New Zealand crowd, Stoinis
said his experience at the crease was a
It was just his second appearance in the
green and gold.
“I’m happy to an extent, but it ’s
probably not what I imagined,” he said.
“ To walk off at the end to something
like that, that ’s something you remember
forever.” — NZN
There are no cliches about second
impressions, but game-breaking
allrounder and man of the
match Marcus Stoinis delivered
a fine reminder of their value in
Stoinis’ astonishing knock of
146no at Eden Park yesterday was
rightly lauded as one of the great
ODI innings. He clubbed 11 sixes
and grabbed a haul of 3-46 in
Australia’s dramatic six-run loss.
The 27-year-old’s first chance to
shine at international level came in
2015, when he played a Twenty20
ODI against England
following the Ashes.
just because Australia lost both
Stoinis was out reverse-sweeping
in the 50-over contest, while he
ran out state captain Matthew
Wade when the T20 was in the
balance. He failed to take a wicket
in either clash.
“ My bowling had to improve
to move into that allrounder’s
position, so bowling has been a
big one,” Stoinis said of what he
worked on in the past 16 months.
(improvements to batting), just
learning about situations and
understanding the game. Thinking
about what ’s going to happen ..
Stoinis is no longer the forgotten
man of Australia’s allrounder
stocks, a tag that beckoned after
Hilton Cartwright was presented
with a baggy green at this month’s
The reward comes more than
five years after Stoinis shifted
from Perth to play grade cricket
in Melbourne, wanting to reignite
his sputtering career after being
discarded by Western Australia.
“ It’s really satisfying. You believe
in yourself and think about it
(performing well internationally)
all the time as a state cricketer,” he
said. “ You’re always thinking about
it (national selection). I’m sure that
is what all state cricketers play for,
you never know how close you are
or where you sit in the scheme of
Stoinis has become decidedly
more potent with the ball since
his first call-up. He used the
offcutter to good effect against
New Zealand, dismissing Kane
Williamson and Martin Guptill.
It was his clean striking that
earned a standing ovation from the
Eden Park crowd of 27,911.
Stoinis feasted on Trent Boult,
Tim Southee, Mitchell Santner
and James Neesham like they were
park cricketers, clearing the rope
with ease as he marched Australia
from 5-54 to 280.
It was exactly the sort of power
hitting that Melbourne Stars
wished they had more regular access
to during the Big Bash League
(BBL). Mitch Marsh’s shoulder
injury prompted selectors to add
Stoinis to the ODI squad earlier
this month, but he was restricted to
drinks duty throughout the home
series against Pakistan.
“As cricketers you just want to
play, but we also understand there’s
a lot of other things going on,”
“It doesn’t bother me. You want
to be around your national team
when you’re picked in an Australian
squad, but then ... you want to be
playing in the Big Bash if you’re
not playing (for Australia). ”
Stoinis almost saves Aussies
The smallest crowd in Wellington
Sevens history threatens to shut down
what was one of the most popular events
in New Zealand sport.
New Zealand Rugby will announce in
March whether the world series event
will remain in the capital or if its 18th
edition over the weekend will be its last.
Nigel Cass, NZ Rugby’s manager
strategic relationships and planning says
an unacceptably small crowd of about
10,000 was on hand for each of the two
That was well down on the average
14,000 last year.
In it is hey day, the 34,000-capacity
venue would sell out within minutes, a
primarily young crowd lured by a party
“ We would need more people, ongoing,
to make it viable,” Cass said.
“ Its not only commercial viability. Just
for the atmosphere around the event we
need more than 10,000 people.”
A restriction of liquor rules, amongst
other things, has changed the nature of
Cass says a review over coming weeks
will determine if the slide is irreversible
at a tournament which still has two years
to run on its hosting contract.
There is no chance of returning to the
previous booze-fuelled approach, with
society’s attitude having moved on, Cass
Cass says other centres have previously
shown interest in hosting.
However, options are limited by the
logistics of getting 16 teams in and out
smoothly, along with meeting the venue
requirements of World Rugby.
“They play the other tournaments in
iconic, global cities and stadia,” he said.
“We need to have a city and a venue
that sits alongside a Twickenham in
London, Paris, Cape Town, D ubai and
Hong Kong and so on. ”
World Rugby was happy with
Wellington’s running of the event and
its innovations this year but officials
have told NZ Rugby it is concerned
about the empty seats.
“ It might be that the fans have spoken
and it ’s really tough to change,” Cass
said. “But you don’t walk away from
18 years, which on the whole has been
successful, without looking under every
rock.” — NZN
Australia’s Marcus Stoinis celebrates his century yesterday at Eden Park.
Wellington Sevens crowd size ‘unviable’
Almost two months after splitting with
David Leadbetter, Lydia Ko’s expected
to announce her coaching future in the
coming fortnight, with her nearest rival’s
mentor the frontrunner.
According to the Golf Channel, the
world No 1 has had a number of sessions
with South African swing coach Gary
Gilchrist. Gilchrist’s team has said they
are not in a position to comment though
are happy to, once Ko makes an official
announcement. It will make for a busy
time for Gilchrist, who currently coaches
world No 2 Ariya Jutanugarn, and world
No 4 Shanshan Feng. — Radio Sport
All Blacks fullback Ben Smith is set
to re-sign with New Zealand Rugby,
after turning down a lucrative offer from
French side Pau, according to a French
Highlanders co-captain was courted by
former All Blacks Conrad Smith and
Colin Slade, along with coach Simon
Mannix, but has decided the stay in New
Zealand, with his eye on the 2019 Rugby
World Cup in Japan.
The 30-year-old Smith has played 60
tests for the All Blacks since his debut in
2009, becoming a regular starter in 2012.
He played in 12 of the All Blacks’ 13 tests
Overseas clubs have been chasing
Smith, who was also linked to Irish side
Munster, along with All Blacks team-
mate Israel Dagg, who is also off contract
following the Lions tour in June.
Smith and wife Katie revealed in the
NZ Woman’s Weekly this week they are
expecting their second child this year.
Roger Federer is too humble to
rank himself among sport ’s all-time
greatest athletes but admits he’s
honoured to be in the conversation.
In matching Jack Nicklaus’s
magical 18 golf majors at an age
most players are long retired and
his peers are at the peak of their
own powers, the tennis superstar
has sparked fresh debate around
who deser ves the mantle of best in
The 35-year-old is undoubtedly
the Pele, Ali, Nicklaus, Jordan or
Bolt of the court after pulling four
majors clear of Rafael Nadal and
Pete Sampras on the all-time grand
slam title leaderboard.
Federer, though, says it is not his
role to judge or compare where he
belongs in the argument.
comparing players, I mean, what ’s
better — is it doing something
later on your career? Is it better to
do something earlier in your life?”
Federer told AAP as he savoured
his remarkable Australian Open
final triumph over Rafael Nadal.
“ What I do admire is longevity
and making the game more popular
and the ones you’ve mentioned
have done that in their respective
sports. And I think Sunday was a
celebration of tennis and it was
great to be part of that. It was
“ To be compared to different
athletes is great, but it ’s unknown
really to yourself to know the
magnitude you have in the sporting
Federer said his return to the
grand slam winners’ list for the
first time since 2012 and in his
first official tournament back after
six months out recovering from a
knee injury was “special on so many
“ It tastes better this way when
you have to wait for a while and
then when you finally get it, I think
the joy is different,” he said after
overcoming Rafael Nadal in a five-
set thriller to become the men’s
oldest grand slam champion in 45
“ You’re trying to figure it all
out and when you’re so close to
winning, you don’t want to mess it
up. It almost went away from me
in the fifth set but I managed to
turn it around in the fifth maybe
the best I ever have in my life,
especially against such a player of
Federer said landing his first slam
as a father of four also made this
His twin daughters Myla Rose
and Charlene Riva were too young
to appreciate his 2012 Wimbledon
triumph but, now seven, they
understand better what their
famous father’s playing for.
“They were most excited about the
trophy and just seeing everybody so
happy,” he said.
“The pity was that the match
finished late. I couldn’t have them
at the courts or anything like that.
It was too late. The boys (Lenny
and Leo) were not born in 2012 yet
so, from that standpoint, that ’s very
special to win my first grand slam
with the boys as well.”
Turning 36 in August, Federer
hopes to be back in Melbourne for
a 19th consecutive crack at the title.
But the realist cannot promise he
“If not, this was a wonderful run
here and I can’t be more happy to
have won (for a fifth time),” he said.
Roger Federer has paid homage
to his trusted former Australian
coaches for helping shape the most
prolific grand slam performer men’s
tennis has seen.
In a poignant tribute to Peter
Carter, who died in a car accident in
South Africa a week before Federer’s
21st birthday, the ageless maestro
says the South Australian moulded
him as a man and player and remains
the most influential mentor of his
“Peter Carter had the biggest
impact on me in terms of my
technique. That ’s what so many
people talk about,” Federer said
as he celebrated his unforgettable
triumph over Rafael Nadal. “ When
they talk about my effortless style
and technique, I guess. I was able to
perfect in later in my life, but he set
the foundation and that ’s why I’m
so happy that his parents were at
the finals yesterday and saw me win.
That really meant a lot to me.”
Federer was already a four-time
major winner before linking up
with another Australian great in
Tony Roche, the ex-coach of fellow
former world No1s Ivan Lendl and
The Swiss collected another six
slams under Roche’s guidance.
“Rochey, like every coach I’ve had,
took me to the next level,” Federer
said. “He made me work extremely
hard. I like the old-school work
ethic that Rochey brought to the
table. He had a winning mentality
and every day we had together was
a great one.
“It was definitely something
special with Peter and Rochey.”
Among other records he has set,
Federer is now the first man to win
three of tennis’s four annual grand
slam events at least five times each.
“This is a tournament I’ve not
missed. I’ve missed the French. I’ve
missed the US Open last year. This
is the one I guess that is my most
consistent slam potentially,” he said.
Ko nearing decision on new coach
Smith to re-sign with NZ Rugby
Federer humbled to join sport ’s greatest
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Roger Federer with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup yesterday in
Federer praises former Aussie coaches
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