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Chris Cairns says he remains in the dark
over whether he is being investigated by
the International Cricket Council s anti-
Talking to Radiosport this morning,
Cairns explained why he left his
commentary duties during the first test
in Dunedin last week and said he had
been in contact with Lou Vincent and
Daryl Tuffey, who have both confirmed
they are assisting an investigation.
"It s been intense, is the only word
you can use to describe. e reason I
left Dunedin on ursday was to come
home to be with my wife. She was very,
very upset," Cairns said.
"You try and piece together what is
occurring because at the moment I m
still 100% in the dark. I know as much
as you guys. is is probably the most
frustrating element, but then again the
ICC are completely within their rights
to conduct whatever investigation that
their anti-corruption unit wants to do.
" at s not the issue. at s fine. For
me it s the fact that my name got into
the public domain. Really the important
question is how that occurred." Asked if
he had any idea who linked him to the
investigation Cairns said: "No. Only
from what I ve read in the newspaper".
"As soon as it broke in the Daily Mail
with the names ... I texted Lou, I texted
Daryl. I didn t hear back from Lou, I
heard back from Daryl and I was just
checking in as a mate to see how he was.
His mum was really upset ... so that was
the form of contact that happened."
Cairns said his main focus was to find
out how his name was leaked into the
"In an investigation it is so important
that people who are involved in that
investigation remain anonymous because
of the fact that they may only be there to
help and investigation, they may be there
as part of an investigation.
"For me it s about understanding who
and where the leak came from that my
name got into the public domain."
"All we want is clarity. at s what
we re embarking on and hopefully it will
He said that his legal team are looking
at every facet in an attempt to get to the
bottom of that leak.
Tu ff ey released a statement through
his lawyers at the weekend about the
"Mr Tuffey does not believe he is the
focus of this investigation. He intends
to fully co-operate with the ICC
and provide them with any relevant
information in his possession."
Tu ff ey s admission follows Vincent s
confirmation that he was talking to the
ICC in relation to an investigation into
Cairns has steadfastly denied any
involvement and said to have his name
linked with the scandal was "sickening".
In a column in a Sunday newspaper,
he maintained his innocence, despite
"rumour and press speculation" around
"As I pen this article, no one from the
International Cricket Council or NZ
Cricket has approached me about this
investigation. Yet I am named around
the world as one of three New Zealand
cricket players involved in it."
e ICC has refused to be drawn on
the specifics of the allegations. ey
alleged that a "small number of former
New Zealand cricketers had engaged
in fixing activity in historic cricket
" e ICC confirms that it has indeed
been working closely over the past
few months with its colleagues in
the domestic anti-corruption units of
member boards to investigate these and
It said it had a zero-tolerance attitude
towards corruption in the sport, and the
ACSU would continue to collaborate
with relevant individuals in order to
complete its investigation.
Monday, December 9, 2013
It did not take long.
Two weeks after making
her professional debut
Lydia Ko claimed her
first tournament victory
as a pro yesterday ---
winning the World
$US800,000 event in
Trailing by three
shots heading into the
final nine holes of the
three- round event at
the Linkou Miramar
Golf Club in Taipei,
the 16-year-old held
her nerve to beat world
number five So Yeon
Ryu by three strokes.
Ko finished the event
at 11-under after firing a
e New Zealander
took away $US150,000
($NZ181,000) for the
victory, along with
$US8,000 she won in
the tournament s skins
event last week.
Ko began the day a
shot behind Ryu but
dropped an early shot
in her round before
bouncing back with two
birdies but still trailed by
three shots at the turn.
at is where it all
turned for Ko.
With birdies at 10
and 11 the two were
suddenly tied before Ko
took the sole lead with
four holes to play.
Ryu then lost her way
dropping two more
shots in the closing
stages to finish at eight-
World number one
Inbee Park finished in
third place at seven-
"I didn t know I would
do it this quick. I m
just so fortunate to
do it at such a great
tournament," she said.
"I was ner vous but
before my day started
today I just said
concentrate on your
game. Like I always say
you can t really control
what the opposition
Ko announced she was
turning professional in
October after picking
up four pro tournament
wins as an amateur,
Canadian Open titles
and the NZ Open earlier
e world no six
finished in a share
of 21st place in her
professional debut at
the CME Titleholders
in Florida last month,
earning her first cheque
of the New Zealand Herald
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson is
adamant his team are on the right track;
the problem is they are still struggling to
reach the station.
Had the rain --- which left New
Zealand 79 for four, 33 runs short of a
first test win in 10 matches --- arrived
half an hour later on Saturday it would,
almost certainly, have been the first
tick in the win column for the Hesson/
Brendon McCullum axis.
Hesson insisted yesterday that New
Zealand had played "almost the perfect
test" against the West Indies, using the
term three times in a press conference.
"We re getting ourselves into position
to win tests," he said."Twenty more
minutes and we d have had a test win."
is year New Zealand have lost four
and drawn six tests. Two should have
been won; against England at Eden Park
and Lord s. Still, it s an improvement.
Remember, last year at one point New
Zealand lost seven tests in an eight-
"We weren t really consistent in the
way we went about things," Hesson said.
"I think the team s starting to turn a
corner in terms of our method and how
we play and, sure, we d love the wins. But
I think you ve got to learn to draw first
and put yourself in positions to win."
Which is what New Zealand did
at University Oval. No question they
bossed the first three and a half days, only
to be done in by a combination of four
elements: A marvellous double century
by Darren Bravo, and a defiant 80 from
limping captain Darren Sammy; a New
Zealand attack tiring under a substantial
workload once the follow on had been
enforced; four dropped catches; and
the untimely arrival of the, admittedly
Hesson confirmed yesterday the same
13 players will be in Wellington for the
second test, starting at the Basin Reser ve
Kane Williamson, who missed
Dunedin as he recovers from a fractured
left thumb, hit a century for Bay of
Plenty in their Hawke Cup game against
Counties on Saturday.
Assuming he got through bowling and
fielding routines yesterday, Williamson
should return at No 3, with Aaron
Redmond to miss out.
Hesson said the bowling quartet of
Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner
and Ish Sodhi had"scrubbed up well"
yesterday, but that is the area that will
need close attention in the leadup to the
second test. Hesson confirmed they will
have a day off today.
New Zealand bowled for essentially
eight successive sessions at Dunedin,
over the two West Indian innings.
Southee bowled 45.1 overs, Wagner
43, Boult 53 and legspinner Sodhi 64.1.
Should a change among the seamers be
deemed necessary, Doug Bracewell will
come into the XI.
e West Indies will certainly be better
for the first test run. McCullum suspects
they may like the Basin Reserve pitch
"We know the West Indies will be
better for their time in the country and
know that they ll come very hard at us in
the next test match on a wicket that may
suit their seamers a little more than this
one did," he said.
e Breakers woes down the stretch
once again came back to haunt
them, dropping a tight tussle against
Melbourne, 84-82, to fall further into
As has been the case for many of
their eight losses this season, the
defending champions could have
cashed in against the Tigers if they
exhibited the poise which brought
three straight titles.
But, with the game there for the
taking, the Breakers missed their last
two shots, failing to get an open look
for C J Bruton as the buzzer sounded
to drop their second straight and slip
to 4-8 on the season.
It would almost have been too
good to be true had Bruton won it
as time expired, with the veteran
guard becoming the 12th player in
Australian NBL history to notch 500
games. Instead, the Breakers head
home near the foot of the ladder, with
last week s two-game winning streak
seeming a lifetime ago.
It could get worse before it gets
better. e Breakers now host the
league-leading Perth Wildcats (11-
1) before embarking on a four-game
Gary Wilkinson was again a bright
spot, leading his side with 20 two
days after grabbing 19 in the four-
point defeat in Perth, but there were
not too many positives to take into
Friday night s showdown at Vector
Early on, it looked like the Breakers
could head into the Perth match-up
in fine form, as they made a perfect
start from the field to grab an early
lead. Tom Abercrombie s 10 points in
the first quarter --- highlighted by a
huge dunk on a three-point play ---
had the defending champions on the
But Melbourne quickly wrestled
away momentum with some pin-
point accuracy of their own, shooting
a spectacular 71% from the floor in
the period to take a six-point lead to
the opening break.
e offensive outburst continued
from both sides in the second,
combining to drain five straight
three-pointers midway through the
quarter as Melbourne retained a
But Gary Wilkinson, particularly
deadly from deep in making three-
from-five in the half, hit another
from long-range near the end of the
quarter to help the Breakers snatch a
four-point halftime lead on the back
of an 8-0 run.
e Breakers retained their slim
advantage in the early stages of the
third, before Wilkinson was harshly
whistled for an unsportsmanlike foul
midway through the period and the
Tigers clawed their way back in front.
While they were doing well to limit
opportunities for league-leading
scorer Chris Goulding, the Breakers
were being continually punished by
Mark Worthington, who poured
in five straight points to extend
Melbourne s lead late in the third.
With some accurate foul shooting
down the stretch seeing the Breakers
ahead by three heading into the
final period, they soon doubled that
margin and grabbed their biggest
advantage of the afternoon.
But, as had happened throughout
the game, the lead continued to
change hands as the clock wound
down, with misses from Abercrombie
and Bruton consigning the Kiwi club
e Warriors look set
to play a match against
British Super League
champions Wigan in
According to sources in
England, the British team
will come to this country
en-route to Australia,
ahead of their World
Club Challenge match in
Sydney on February 22.
Wigan had been
seeking an additional
game in the Southern
Hemisphere ahead of
the game against the
Roosters, and had even
explored the challenging
prospect of a fixture in
Port Moresby against
Papua New Guinea.
However, it seems they
have settled on a game
against the Auckland club,
further developing the
e match raises the
intriguing possibility that
Sam Tomkins first match
for the New Zealand
Warriors could be against
the Wigan Warriors.
omas Leuluai could
also face his former team-
mates, if he has recovered
from the injury he picked
up at the World Cup.
Details are still to be
finalised but if the match
goes ahead, it is likely
to be played at Waikato
Stadium in mid-February.
It would continue a
growing tradition of
league in Hamilton. e
stadium hosted a trial
match last year against
Penrith and the Bulldogs
will stage a home match
there during the NRL
If the game gets the
green light, it will also
mean a packed pre-season
schedule for the Warriors,
with games already locked
in against the Titans
on February 9 at North
Harbour Stadium and
the Broncos on February
23 in Dunedin, as well
as the Auckland League
Nines on the weekend of
February 15 and 16.
e last time the
Warriors faced British
club opposition was
in 1997, during Super
League s World Club
Challenge series. ey
played three matches in
England, before games
against Bradford, St
and Bradford (quarter-
final) in Auckland and
Christchurch. ey won
all seven matches before
losing to Brisbane in the
arrives in Auckland
today for a week-long
promotional visit. As well
as being presented to
sponsors, fans and media,
he will also meet his new
team-mates for the first
time and visit Warriors
other items on his agenda
are a Sky Tower jump
and a fishing trip on the
Hauraki Gulf, as well as
three separate Christmas
Tomkins, who will be
house hunting during his
stay, is expected to attend
the league versus rugby
themed Fight for Life
boxing event on Saturday.
e Black Sticks Women have finished
on a high at the World League Final in
Argentina after beating China 1-0 to
take fifth place at the tournament.
Inspirational captain Kayla Sharland
celebrated her 200th international cap in
style, delivering the game winning goal
late in the second half.
While the game only provided one
goal, the statistics told the story of
New Zealand s dominance with 22
circle penetrations to four and 75% of
possession in China s half.
e match put both sides under testing
conditions with temperatures again
approaching 40degC but the final result
was retribution for the Black Sticks who
lost 2-0 to China during pool play.
Sharland s 200th test will be one to
remember in what was her side s final
game for the year.
"I m very pleased we came away with
a positive result today. It s a nice way to
finish the tour and year for a young and
improving team," she said.
"I feel very privileged to have played
200 games for New Zealand and to
come away with a win made it even
Head coach Mark Hager echoed his
captain and said it was good to be able
to leave the tournament on a high.
"It s great to finish with two wins and
we leave with a positive feeling after a
tough start to the tournament.
"We created a lot of chances and while
we only converted one, we didn t give
China many opportunities and once
again defended well."
e Black Sticks looked good but
could not convert their chances in the
first half against the scrambling Chinese
defence, with the game locked up 0-0 at
Sharland broke the deadlock with
just 15 minutes left on the clock with
a precision reverse stick shot from the
top of the circle which crashed into the
bottom right of the goal.
e Black Sticks held on to their lead
as time expired to win their fifth place
playoff and finish the tournament with
back-to-back wins. --- APNZ
e All Blacks Sevens side were
denied a fifth straight title in South
Africa this morning, in a fitting
result for the home side who won
the event at Nelson Mandela Bay
for the first time.
Former South African president
Mandela died last Friday and
emotions ran high as South Africa
launched a comeback to win the
event for just the second time, the
last being in 2008.
Tries by Scott Curry and Sherwin
Stowers took New Zealand out to
a 14-0 lead before Branco du Preez
closed to gap to two points with
a double, the second coming after
Tim Mikkelson was sin-binned.
Down 14-12 at the break, South
Africa scored the only try of the
second half and it proved to be the
match winner when Kyle Brown
crossed over midway through the
Earlier New Zealand reached the
final for the eighth straight year
after defeating Samoa 19-5 in the
semi-finals and easing by Kenya
19-0 in the quarters.
Fiji, who entered the event four
points behind New Zealand on the
sevens standings, lost to Samoa in
the quarter-finals before beating
France in the plate final.
--- New Zealand Herald
e junior Black Sticks men have
come from behind to draw 2-2 against
England in their pool game at the junior
World Cup in New Delhi.
From the first whistle, it was a fierce
battle with both teams wanting to
redeem themselves after losing their
opening matches. Two-nil down at half-
time, the Junior Black Sticks fought back,
with Kane Russell converting a penalty
corner and Midlands Matt Rees-Gibbs
getting the equaliser with two minutes
to spare. "It was pleasing that the team
had such a positive attitude today and it
was clear that they had moved on from
their opening game against Malaysia. In
the first game we went out with quite
a defensive mind set, whereas today I
felt we turned it around and were much
more aggressive in our attacking play,"
head coach Grant Edwards said.
e Junior Black Sticks now have a
must-win game against South Africa.
Cairns still in dark
on corruption claims
On the right track,
says Black Caps coach
Breakers sink further into hole after Tigers loss
PICTURE: Getty Images
Breakers C J Bruton gathers in a rebound during yesterday s clash against the Melbourne Tigers at the
State Netball Hockey Centre, in Melbourne.
Wigan lined up
to play Warriors
Black Sticks finish on high
Junior Black Sticks men in fightback
Ko wins first
PICTURE: Getty Images
Lydia Ko kisses her trophy after winning the Swinging Skirts 2013 World
Ladies Masters, at Miramar Golf and Country Club yesterday in Taipei.
All Blacks Sevens fall
to South Africa
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