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An untameable Martin Guptill has
smashed, bashed and thrashed the Black
Caps to a seven-wicket ODI win over
South Africa in Hamilton.
Requiring a victory to keep the five-
match series alive, Guptill hauled his side
to their target of 280 with an unstoppable
display of power, hitting 180 in 138 balls.
Including 15 boundaries and 11 sixes,
the 30-year-old’s ton is the third-highest
in New Zealand ODI history — with the
two higher innings also Guptill’s.
The feat was made all the more
impressive by Guptill’s relative rustiness
at the crease, having missed the side’s first
three ODIs with a hamstring twang.
Victory in the Waikato with five overs
to spare gives New Zealand the chance
to pinch the ODI series from under the
Proteas’ noses, having tied proceedings at
The series decider will be held in
Auckland on Saturday, before the two
sides play a three-test series later this
“Guptill, he was unbelievable,” Black
Caps skipper Kane Williamson said.
“For Martin to come out and play a
hand like that was special.”
Winning the toss and electing to bat,
the Proteas took control of the clash after
talisman AB de Villiers helped them belt
106 runs in their last 10 overs.
The world No 1 ODI side managed a
total of 279-8 on a slow Hamilton crease,
with the skipper bashing death bowlers
Tim Southee and Trent Boult from pillar
The 33-year-old notched 72 not out from
just 59 balls, making up for the side’s
relatively slow start and loss of Quinton
de Kock for a duck.
Test captain Faf du Plessis also
impressed with a slow-burning 67 off 97
deliveries, while Wayne Parnell helped de
Villiers at the end with 29 off 12.
Despite opening the bowling with an
unorthodox choice in Jeetan Patel, New
Zealand snared de Kock quickly before
Hashim Amla bashed his way to a quick-
The 33-year-old, attempting a nifty
ramp shot, pushed an innocuous Patel
delivery directly back onto his middle
JP Duminy stepped in briefly before
his exit for 25 and two quick lower-order
dismissals presaged de Villiers’ late hit-
In response, New Zealand emulated
South Africa’s shoddy start when Dean
Brownlie edged Kagiso Rabada to the
keeper for just four runs.
Guptill and Williamson recovered
to make a 72-run stand, led by a brutal
Guptill onslaught of sixes on leg-side.
Williamson eventually fell in the 13th
over for 21, but an imperious Guptill
ploughed on, batting like a man possessed.
Hitting the ropes in every part of
the oval, Guptill brought up his 82-
ball century in the 26th over before
proceeding on towards 150.
Second-drop Ross Taylor, meanwhile,
spent much of his early innings as
Guptill’s foil but grew in stature as the
overs passed, reaching 50 in 83 balls.
With less than 50 runs to score in the
last 10 overs, Guptill and Taylor could
smell blood, and were putting the Proteas
attack away with frightening regularity.
Taylor eventually fell to Tahir for
66, bringing an extraordinary 180-
run partnership to a close, but Guptill
and Jimmy Neesham guided the New
“ We struggled to string together
partnerships with the ball,” de Villiers
said. “Martin was unstoppable tonight,
hit the ball very cleanly but we have a few
things we need to work out.” — NZN
PICTURE: Getty Images
Black Caps’ Martin Guptill hits out in last night ’s one dayer against South
Africa in Hamilton.
The Kumara Racing Club is
carrying out major improvements
on the section of track that forced
the 2017 Gold Nuggets meeting in
January to be abandoned.
Committee members and
stipendiary steward Mark Davison
made the decision to abandon after a
track inspection identified a section
of track affected by heavy rain was
deemed dangerous and too unsafe to
Contractors Troy Cashin
and Darren Fairhall have since
been engaged to work on track
improvements and have so far
stripped the surface of the track
prior to ripping up the worst section
to improve drainage.
“ Even with the recent fine weather
that section of track was pretty wet,”
“ We have stripped the surface and
re-screened the soil, re-shaped and
contoured the track and once down it
will drain a lot better.”
Kumara Racing Club president
John Ryall said it was a bitter blow
to have to pull the pin on the annual
meeting but health and safety for
horse and rider was paramount.
“ It was the right decision. After the
meeting was cancelled we decided to
rip up the 400m of track. We got a
price and went ahead and did it.
“ We could have done it piecemeal
but we decided to do a full
restoration of the section.
“ In that section of track the soil;
was quite deep and the water just lay
The repairs were expected to cost
about $50,000 and the club would
be applying to the New Zealand
Racing Industry Board for financial
“ We are hoping they will help with
hopefully half the cost, but it is now
onwards and upwards for the club,”
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Contractor Troy Cashin sur veys
the section of the affected Kumara
racetrack under repair.
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