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retailer Michael Morton
said a southern holiday
was on the cards after
he snared a one-handed
catch on the Seddon
to win $100,000 in a
"Boring stuff --- pay the student loan
then I think we ll have a holiday down in
the South Island. We ve got some family
we might go and see," were his initial
thoughts on how he might spend the
Wife Nicola, who rushed to the ground
after hearing about her husband s win
while at work, might have had other
"She was pretty chuffed --- handbags
and shoes I think," Morton, 28, said.
He was still stunned when talking to
the Herald shortly after taking the catch
to become the first spectator to claim
the $100,000 "bounty" the brewers of
Tui beer have put up at each Black Caps
ODI and T20 match this season.
"It s a bit unbelievable, man. A bit
weird to be honest," he said. "I was
stoked that I caught the catch. It would
have been a very long
afternoon if I dropped
it." He has not had any
requests from mates to
borrow money "but no
doubt they ll come".
e catch, which he
claimed from a flat
six off the bat of West
Indian opener Kieran
Powell, involved as
much good luck as skill, he said. "As it
came out I stood up and I didn t even
have to move. It was pretty lucky really.
He smashed it pretty hard so nobody
else really stood a chance. It went
straight into my hand.
"I was almost doing cartwheels."
Morton, who has played cricket in
the past --- but not for some years ---
was able to claim the prize as he had
been wearing a Tui t-shirt and match-
day lanyard. "I m still in shock and
overwhelmed with what s just happened.
I was just in the supermarket with my
wife this morning and kept dropping
groceries all over the shop, so luckily my
form improved. I m a big Black Caps fan
and I always come to support the team
at Hamilton games," he said.
Seven chances remain for fans to
emulate Morton and claim the prize. e
next is at Eden Park on Saturday.
Ferrer made to
work for victory
ursday, January 9, 2014
Ruakaka trainer Kenny Rae was
excused for smiling yesterday after
the running of the $20,000 Reefton
Crane Hire Reefton Cup, won by
stable runner Upland with stablemate
Absolut Excelencia a close second.
"It doesn t get any better than that. I
got a few dollars worth of the quinella
but I actually backed my second horse,"
"I m enjoying the West Coast circuit,
I always do, and the hospitality is
Upland was ridden by experienced
rider Chris Johnson, who gave the
five-year-old Bachelor Duke gelding a
good trip in transit, sitting just behind
expected pace maker Our Genes.
Johnson collared the Pitman runner
turning into the straight but had to
with hold a strong challenge from
Rae s other horse.
"Upland raced keen early but I got
him to settle going past the winning
post for the first time and tucked in
behind Our Genes. e tempo suited
us and he found a bit when challenged
late, he pulled out enough," Johnson
Rae said the plan was to have a
senior rider on his charge on the tight
Reefton track as Upland could be a
difficult horse to ride.
"He is a very hard horse to ride but
he won by seven lengths at Timaru
when allowed to roll along. He was
taken on at Omoto and just wouldn t
settle and was beaten a long way out,
but today with a stronger rider and a
better trip, everything worked out
"Upland won for me at Eagle Farm
and has ability, but he just seems to
get hurt all the time. Hopefully, that is
now all behind us."
Upland took out the Reefton feature
by three-quarters of a length from
Absolut Excelencia, with a further
four and a half lengths back to the
Riccarton tearaway Our Genes.
e rain put a damper on the
Reefton Jockey Club s eight-race
programme yesterday, with testing
track conditions for the horses and
forcing patrons to duck for cover in
between intermittent showers.
Despite the wet conditions
overhead and underfoot, a crowd
of just over 500 people put through
$63,196 on-course, up on last year s
turnover of $61,697, while off-
course TAB turnover was down from
$557,433 last year to $448,921.
Club president Peter O Malley
said the track was in a "no win"
situation with the recent heavy rain,
and the Reefton harness meeting on
December 30 did the course and
the Reefton Jockey Club no favours.
"We had our share of rain which
didn t help, but the scratchings weren t
too bad," O Malley said.
" e track stood up, considering the
mess it was in.
"Northern trainers Kenny Rae and
Kevin Myers had a good day and are
very good supporters of the club.
"It was pleasing to see the
on-course turnover up. considering
e Kenny Rae-trained Upland took
out the $20,000 Reefton Crane
Hire Reefton Cup in the hands of
senior rider Chris Johnson, with
stablemate Absolut Excelencia a close
Whanganui trainer Kevin Myers,
after training three winners at
Greymouth on Saturday, continued
his stable s good form training three
further successes with Edenbrae,
Get Flash and Duffer s Creek
carrying the stable colours home at
No one saw this coming --- the
result maybe, certainly not the scale
of the outcome.
Just when New Zealand seemed
well set to wrap up the ODI series
to follow the test rubber, the West
Indies mugged them at Seddon Park.
ey piled on their highest ODI
score, 363 for four, then rolled
New Zealand for 160 in just 29.5
overs, to square the five-game series
What is more, the defending
world T20 champions will now go
into the two-game contest in the
shortest form feeling rather good
e result was New Zealand s
second heaviest ODI defeat, after a
215-run drubbing by Australia in the
2007 World Cup at Grenada.
e less said about New Zealand s
chase the better. ey were trying
to run up a mountain in sneakers
and from 65 for five there was no
By then captain Brendon
McCullum had thrown his bat nearly
as high as the ball flew far --- he lost
his grip on it --- Martin Guptill had
been bowled by a beauty from the
irrepressible Dwayne Bravo, while
Jesse Ryder, Kane Williamson and
Ross Taylor had found a range of
ways to get out.
It has been a depressing tour in
several respects for the West Indies;
well beaten in the tests and seemingly
on the way out of the ODI series
after being on the wrong end of the
two rain-affected games in the South
However they found loads of
character to display their best
expansive batting qualities at the final
opportunity, after being sent in.
Kieran Powell, the 23-year-old
from Nevis, may be feeling homesick
--- he has not seen his house since
the start of September due to touring
activities --- and had had an ordinary
tour until yesterday.
It was his dazzling display from the
start which gave the West Indies the
e lefthander made a mess
of Tim Southee and Mitchell
McClenaghan s first, brief spells and
the opening stand with Johnson
Charles produced 95 in 12 overs.
It seemed as if New Zealand s
bowlers had pulled the situation back
for a time --- experienced Kyle Mills
doing a good holding job in his first
However once Kirk Edwards found
his range and the ebullient Bravo got
going, the ground simply was not big
enough, nor the bowling remotely
consistent or accurate enough.
Edwards had his slices of luck ---
notably inside edging the four to
reach his maiden ODI hundred ---
but whether he was imbued with a
hefty dose of the right spirit by his
skipper or simply recognised early on
that this would be his day, he struck
the ball lustily, while man of the
match Bravo was outstanding in his
second ODI ton.
From overs 41-45, the pair
clobbered 75. It positively rained
boundaries and New Zealand had
no one sufficiently parsimonious to
apply the brakes. Even the usually
reliable Mills last three overs went
At times Bravo toyed with the
bowling --- which was guilty of
contributing 11 wides --- as the pair
put on 211, the alltime best stand
against New Zealand.
His hitting was invariably clean and
he mixed the brutal with the deft,
while Edwards piled on his second
50 runs in only 28 balls.
"It was a terrible day for us,"
McCullum said last night, with a
hearty dose of understatement.
e first of two T20 to round off the
tour is at Eden Park on Saturday.
If ball kids were paid, they might
get danger money when John Isner
At the least, his matches should
come with a warning because, at
2.08m tall, Isner can hit a big serve.
Yesterday he hit ball girl Beatrice
Smit, 13, in the shoulder with a
231kph bullet in his 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-2
win over Slovakian qualifier Lukas
Isner immediately winced, fearing
he had injured her, but he need not
"I went up to her and said, I m
sorry ," he explained. "And she said,
no, it was a good serve .
"Sometimes you play and I m
worried about people in the crowd
because I can get the ball up. I ve hit
people in the eye. It s just terrible.
Luckily for me, she was tough as
nails out there. She didn t flinch.
She dealt with it fine but that was a
huge serve. I hit a person in the eye
in Washington DC a few years back.
at was the worst. at was ugly.
I don t think I have seriously hurt
anyone ... yet. e girl took one here.
Six inches higher, I could have got
her in the face."
A large part of Isner s game is
based around his serve and last year
the world No 14 served the most
aces on the ATP Tour (979) and he
also holds the record for the most
aces in a match (113).
His fastest recorded ser ve is
241.2kph in 2011, which places
him 11th on the all-time fastest list.
Australian Samuel Groth holds the
record for the fastest recorded serve
with 263kph set at a Challenger
event in South Korea in 2012.
What was significant about the
ser ve that hit Smit was that it was
out wide --- normally the fastest
are set when players serve down the
middle where the net is lower. It
happened soon after a disputed line
call and as he closed in on the end of
"It s the adrenaline, whether I m
down break point in a crucial point
of the match or I m up a break and
serving for the match," he said when
asked when he tends to ser ve his
fastest. "A lot of times I have ser ved
for the match and hit four aces
before because I have the adrenaline
at fire also helped him overcome
a troubling ankle injury that saw him
pull out of last week s Hopman Cup.
He flinched a couple of times during
the match with Lacko but battled on
and was hopeful it would not flare
up again ahead of his quarter-final
showdown with fifth seed and world
No 22 Philipp Kohlschreiber.
e Heineken Open is important
to Isner, but not if it comes at the
expense of his chances at next week s
"It s very tender and it s wrapped
very tightly," he said. "It s going to
be interesting to see how it turns up
in the morning. I think I will be fine.
It will have to be hurting really bad
for me not to take the court."
Kohlschreiber has a good record
against Isner, having won the last
two matches between the pair, and
an even better one in Auckland
where he has been a quarter-finalist
or better in nine of his 10 visits to
the Heineken Open. He was a
beaten finalist last year and won
the tournament in 2008 and Isner
described him as someone who plays
"smart" tennis against him.
It looms as an intriguing match
and the ball kids should have one of
the best views --- as long as they keep
their wits about them. --- APNZ
Alvaro Negredo grabbed a hat-trick
as Manchester City crushed West Ham
United 6-0 in their League Cup semi-
final first leg today in another body blow
for the beleaguered London club.
City effectively sealed their place in
the final at Wembley with another one-
sided demonstration of their attacking
potency, Edin Dzeko with two and
Yaya Toure joining Negredo on the
It was the second time in four days
that West Ham have conceded more
than five goals after they were knocked
out of the FA Cup 5-0 by second tier
Nottingham Forest on Sunday.
While City can now relax ahead of
the return leg on January 21, the result
ratcheted up the pressure on West Ham
manager Sam Allardyce, whose side are
19th in the Premier League.
"Our best team simply wasn t good
enough against Manchester City,"
Allardyce said on Sky Sports.
"You have to give them credit for what
an outstanding side they are. Our players
were running to try and stop them but
because of their skills and abilities they
couldn t get near them."
Providing City safely negotiate the
second leg, they will face Sunderland
or Manchester United in the final on
"It was a brilliant performance," City
manager Manuel Pellegrini said.
"It doesn t matter if we were two, three
or four up we kept playing the same way,
always looking for more goals. Alvaro
Negredo had a great match, he was the
link between the strikers and midfield
but Edin Dzeko was great too. ey are
not used to playing together but they are
getting better all the time."
e omens were stacked in City s
favour with the match pitching the
Premier League s highest scorers against
a defence which had conceded 13 goals
in four games since Christmas.
It was eight years since West Ham had
last won at City and few predicted that
their injury-ravaged squad could get a
Bookmakers were offering better odds
on City winning 5-0 than any West
Ham victory and even Allardyce pre-
empted the clash by saying a draw would
be a great result.
It did not take long for the gulf in class
West Ham s defensive fragility was
exposed after 12 minutes as Negredo
was allowed to run unchecked between
central defenders to latch on to a long
ball forward from Toure, which the
striker dispatched into the bottom
corner on the volley.
e Spaniard doubled the lead after
25 minutes, starting the move with a
tidy flick to strike partner Dzeko before
running on to the Bosnian s return pass
and finishing off with a perfect first
touch and precise finish into the top
e tie was effectively made safe on
39 minutes when Toure picked up
possession in his own half, changed gears
and strode 40m into opposition territory.
West Ham s defenders backed off into
their own box, allowing the hulking
Ivorian time to pick his spot and drill
home a low finish.
e interval was a brief respite for the
visitors who fell further behind three
minutes after the break when Negredo
completed his hat-trick with a fizzing
side-foot effort with the game having
settled into training-ground tempo.
Dzeko gave the scoreline an
embarrassing look when he maintained
his record of scoring in every round of
He poked in City s fifth at the near
post from Gael Clichy s cross after a
fast-flowing move involving David Silva
and Samir Nasri before firing his side s
sixth into the top corner a minute from
time. --- Reuters
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Riccarton senior rider Chris Johnson returns to the bird cage after guiding the Kenny Rae-trained Upland home in the Reefton Jockey Club s feature race
yesterday, the $20,000 Reefton Crane Hire Reefton Cup.
Reefton rocks for Rae
Rain has punters ducking for cover
David Ferrer has made a career,
not to mention a lot of money, out
of his fighting qualities.
He is not blessed with a booming
serve or big forehand but there
are few who can slug it out quite
like the diminutive Spaniard. e
world No 3 needed to draw on his
battling abilities again last night in
his second-round match against
American qualifier Donald Young,
eventually prevailing 6-7 (5), 6-3,
6-1 in one hour 55 minutes.
It was a result the tournament
needed --- Ferrer is top seed and
four-time champion --- but he
was pushed and the first set, in
particular, was a battle.
Both players struggled to hold
serve in the opening set and at one
point there were six consecutive
breaks of ser ve. Young played
near the top of his game at times,
illustrating why he rose to 38 in the
world in 2012 and was once seen
as one of the brightest prospects
on tour before an inexplicable rot
set in, and eventually claimed a
set that last 59 minutes 7-5 in the
From there, Ferrer started to take
control. He lifted his game, often
finding the lines beautifully, and
attacked Young s forehand and the
American could not maintain his
standard under sustained pressure.
Ferrer broke Young early in the
deciding set and soon set up a
quarter-final against compatriot
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who
emerged from a marathon three-
setter with Colombian Santiago
"Tonight I didn t play my best
tennis but it s difficult to play
well all the time," Ferrer said. "I
am confident I will play better
Young s defeat was a rare lowpoint
for American players who filled
three spots in the quarter-finals.
World No 14 John Isner
eventually overcame qualifier Lukas
Lacko and a sore ankle to win 7-6
(1), 3-6, 6-2 and he was joined in
the last eight by compatriots Jack
Sock and Steve Johnson.
Sock beat second seed Tommy
Haas 6-4, 6-4 --- at world No 12,
Haas is the highest ranked player
Sock has beaten in his career ---
and he will now take on Spaniard
Roberto Bautista Agut who ousted
sixth seed Benoit Paire.
Sock used his serve and big
forehand to good effect against an
out-of-sorts Haas, who was playing
his first match of the year given he
received a first-round bye as one of
the tournament s top four seeds.
"It s exciting but I have to keep
my head looking forward and get
ready for tomorrow," Sock said,
his deadpan voice betraying his
apparent delight. "It feels good.
I came into the year with high
expectations. I put in a lot of work
in the off-season and feel good
about my game. Hopefully I can
keep it going."
Sock, who received a wildcard
for the Heineken Open, spent
considerable time in that off-season
training with Johnson, who admits
he is on a lucky streak.
Johnson gained entry to the
tournament only as a lucky loser,
after earning a place in the main
draw when Gael Monfils withdrew
through fatigue. He started the
day by beating former world
No 8 Marcos Baghdatis 7-5, 6-7
(3), 6-4 and followed it up with a
7-5, 6-4 defeat of fourth seed and
world No 20 Kevin Anderson of
" ere are so many ups and
downs (in tennis) but to beat those
two guys on the same day is pretty
special," Johnson said.
"Marcos is an incredible guy. I
can remember watching him in the
final of the Australian Open at 1am
or 2am in the morning (US time). I
have watched him since I was 13 so
it was an unbelievable morning for
me and then to come out and beat
Kevin ... it s been quite a day."
It has been an interesting period
for Johnson. Last week the world
No 160 was beaten by New
Zealand s Rubin Statham at a
Challenger event in Noumea and
late last year he made a "rookie
mistake" when he failed to enter
for the Australian Open qualifying
tournament but earned a wildcard
for the year s first grand slam
instead by winning the US Tennis
Association play-offs which
guarantees a place in Melbourne
for the winner. --- APNZ
PICTURE: Getty Images
David Ferrer plays a shot against Donald Young in last night s
encounter at the Heineken Open at ASB Tennis Centre in Auckland.
Isner does some damage
with big serve
Windies pummel Black Caps
Holiday, pay loan thanks
to $100,000 catch
Michael Morton s $100,000
City crushes woeful
West Ham United
ere was more good news for the
Wellington Phoenix yesterday with
Costa Rican international Carlos
Hernandez signing on for another year.
Hernandez joined the Phoenix this
season on a one-year deal with an option
for a second year and, with both player
and club keen to take up the option, the
contract was signed today.
"I am really happy in Wellington,"
Hernandez said. "I have settled well
and now my family is with me it is even
Hernandez was also pleased with the
way the team was playing and predicted
2014 was going to be a good year for the
Phoenix. --- APNZ
Hernandez signs new Phoenix deal
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