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e West Indies spent Christmas
morning watching Invictus, the
celebrated lm of the 1995 rugby
Suitably inspired, they bowled and
elded with spirit and skill and took
the initiative with a two-wicket win
in the opening ODI at Eden Park
It was a bowlers bene t, with a mix
of top class seam bowling and some
ropey batting combining to make
a game of 313 runs and 18 wickets
with the West Indies getting over the
line with just two wickets to spare.
But at half-time, the question being
asked, slightly tongue in cheek, was
whether New Zealand's test success
was messing up their ODI game.
At that point it seemed a sensible
batting e ort from the West Indies
would have the smiles back after
the disappointment of their 2-0 test
Instead the tourists' needed a
breezy unbeaten 43 o 27 balls from
allrounder Darren Sammy to make
sure they got the win, as they, too,
struggled with the bat.
New Zealand had reached 156, a
distinctly ordinary e ort, but which
was actually pretty good considering
they were listing hard at 112 for nine.
However, New Zealand's (one-day)
left arm hero Mitchell McClenaghan
shot through the West Indies top
order, who looked hopeless against
the ball moving sideways and at one
point were 96 for six.
McClenaghan got four wickets in
27 deliveries with classy, sharp swing
bowling. What Trent Boult produced
at the Basin Reserve in the second
test, McClenaghan mirrored last
Kyle Mills played his part and it
seemed the West Indies would run
out of steam well short of the target,
before the ebullient Sammy took
McClenaghan is an ODI marvel.
His record is outstanding 40 wickets
in 15 matches at just 19 runs apiece.
Only Lendl Simmons of the
specialist batsmen, with exotic
strokeplay and crisp striking, seemed
to have a dose of stickability about
Until, that is, he was adjudged
caught at slip by Ross Taylor, after an
interminable delay for third umpire
checking. Taylor indicated he was not
One angle showed Simmons
slightly more out than the other, but
it was hardly conclusive.
However Sammy, who endured
considerable angst as test skipper, had
the nal say.
However, 14 no balls in a tight
contest is unacceptable from New
Zealand. Earlier New Zealand's
batting display was ordinary,
and at times careless.
Certainly the ball was nibbling
about o the seam. Ravi Rampaul
was top class early on, the long-
limbed Jason Holder clearly an
interesting prospect while captain
Dwayne Bravo was energetic, bowled
good lines and his players appeared
to respond to his call for them to play
with a smile on their faces.
e enthusiasm levels were good
and with wickets falling regularly
they had plenty to grin about.
Ryder's return lasted ve balls,
slapping Rampaul hard to cover
point; Ross Taylor had a 'yes, no, oops'
muddle with Kane Williamson and
was run out; while Sunil Narine's
deceptive spin meant some batsmen
looked as if they were trying to play
him with a toothpick.
e batsmen who, by di erent
methods, stood tallest were called
McCullum. Captain Brendon strove
hard in making his 26th ODI 50,
going past 5000 runs in the process.
But he was shot down by a poor
umpiring call, given lbw when well
down the pitch. A referral could not
save him. McCullum was, ahem,
At 112 for nine New Zealand were
in quicksand, but Nathan McCullum
orchestrated a 44-run stand for the
last wicket with McClenaghan.
e series continues at Napier on
Sunday. --- APNZ
Friday, December 27, 2013
Top Greymouth netballers could have
the opportunity to gain exposure ---
possibly lead to higher honours --- if
the West Coast Netball Centre decides
to enter a team in a 'Super Club' netball
contest next year.
e Hokitika Netball Centre has
already resolved to put team in the new
e Super Club contest was unveiled
at a recent Netball Mainland forum, in
It will enable players representing
the 12 South Island netball centres ---
Christchurch, Nelson, Mid-Canterbury,
Motueka-Golden Bay-Buller, North
Waimate, Hokitika and the West Coast
--- the chance to be selected for talent
identi cation programmes, the Tactix
squad or development squads.
While the Greymouth-based West
Coast Netball Centre has made no rm
commitment yet, it will be discussed at a
meeting in January.
e Super Club contest will be
played in a round robin format over
three weekends in March 2014 with
the games to be played in Timaru and
Christchurch, and the nal play-o s in
Nelson on April 5-6.
Hokitika Netball Centre co-ordinator
Angela Keenan said trials for Hokitika
players would be held in February. A
coach and manager for the team was
being sought now.
Keenan agreed it was a great
opportunity for premier-senior players
and the competition would showcase
and improve their skills.
Her advice was that players keen to
gain selection to the Hokitika team
needed to keep their tness up over the
West Coast netball
mulls Super Club team
West Indies win opening ODI
PICTURE: Getty Images
Nathan McCullum pulls the ball away for four runs.
A three-way battle emerged during
the early hours of Friday in the Sydney
to Hobart yacht race with Supermaxi
Perpetual LOYAL capturing a slim
Early leader Wild Oats XI dropped
back to third behind the Volvo 70
Giacomo for several hours as skippers
fought for a wind advantage on the run
down the NSW south coast.
By the time they had reached
Tathra, Perpetual LOYAL was about
ten nautical miles clear of Wild Oats
with another three miles to New
Zealand's Giacomo. --- AAP
PICTURE: Getty Images
Perpetual Loyal heads down Sydney Harbour at the start of the race.
ree-way battle in Sydney-Hobart race
e ASB Classic eld has been
boosted by a rising star of women's
tennis, with Croatia's Ana Konjuh
handed a wildcard into the event.
Konjuh, a junior grand slam
winner, joins one of the strongest
ASB Classic elds to date ahead of
the tournament's start on Monday.
While the likes of seven-time
grand slam champion Venus
Williams and former world No 1
Ana Ivanovic will capture much of
the attention, Konjuh will also be
worth keeping an eye on.
In 2013, the 15-year-old enjoyed
wins in both the singles and doubles
in the Australian Open main draw,
while she also took out her second
junior grand slam title at the US
at win saw Konjuh decide to
compete in only professional events
moving forward, despite being
eligible at junior tournaments for
another two years.
Konjuh also represented her
nation at the Federation Cup,
defeating Urszula Radwanska, and
Croatia's Federation Cup captain
Iva Majoli believes the teenager
could be a top 10 player within the
next couple of years.
With pedigree like that, ASB
Classic tournament director Karl
Budge was thrilled to have the
world No 259 on board.
"We're very excited to be able to
o er Ana a wildcard into the ASB
Classic," he said. "She is absolutely
a star in the making and we can't
wait to see her take to our centre
"We hope to build a strong
relationship with the Croatian and
lure her back to New Zealand in
future years to headline our event."
Rising star joins Classic field
Tennis star Venus Williams has
touched down in New Zealand.
e United States ace landed at
Auckland airport this morning ahead of
her competing at the ASB Classic next
Ms Williams, dressed casually in black
leggings and a white tank top, said she
was looking for ward to playing on the
tennis arena in Parnell.
She said she felt t and healthy and
had recently had a dream about winning
a match in Auckland.
Asked what she hoped to achieve at
the tournament, she said: "Well the
other day I dreamed I had a win, and
then I woke up and I realised I hadn't
even played a round.
"So it was like, 'oh man'," she added,
"I hope to go round by round and at
least get to the nals, that'd be awesome."
"I'm going to play early next week, and
I'm excited and I'm ready," she said.
Ms Williams said she had missed out
on celebrating Christmas because she
"I missed a whole day, we missed
the 26th, so I don't know where the
26th went, we can't nd it," she said.
Venus Williams arrives in NZ
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