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e Breakers last night turned
to a player from their past to help
rediscover their championship form,
scratching out an invaluable victory
over the Melbourne Tigers.
Casey Frank may have belonged to
a di erent breed of Breakers --- one
familiar with the perilous position in
which the club currently sits --- but
his inclusion sparked his side to a
triumph reminiscent of their recent
Melbourne came into the contest as
the hottest team in the competition,
with six straight victories lifting it into
third spot on the ladder. e Tigers
played like a play-o team, enjoying
important contributions from their
key players to sit in prime position to
secure the victory.
But the Breakers refused to bow to
the home crowd and shook o the
stretch woes they have exhibited for
much of the season, grabbing their
sixth win of a troubled campaign.
at win total is signi cant. For
all their struggles, the defending
champions currently have as many
victories as Cairns, the team in the
fourth and nal play-o place.
While it would be both reductive
and incorrect to attribute the result
entirely to Frank, there is no doubting
his impact. Stepping from the
commentary table to the playing oor,
the Tall Black never looked out of
place, displaying a level of energy the
Breakers desperately needed.
He nished with nine points but,
more importantly, gave the Breakers
size and e ort at both ends, being
knocked to the oor while laying up
one minute before taking a charge the
next. He also, as promised, fouled out.
Mika Vukona must have appreciated
being aided in the "mongrel" category,
nishing with three fouls of his own and
reaping the rewards with a huge double-
double of 17 points and 15 boards.
Tom Abercrombie led the Breakers
with 21, while Daryl Corletto (15),
Kerron Johnson (14) and Gary
Wilkinson (10) ensured each member
of the starting ve nished with
Frank began things for the Breakers
in the best possible fashion, checking
into the game midway through the
quarter and promptly draining a three
for his rst points for the club since
With a one-point lead heading into
the second, the Breakers remained hot
from beyond the arc in making ve
of their rst six. But Melbourne were
shooting the ball equally well and
took a 47-43 lead at the major break.
at advantage grew as large as 10
early in the second half before an 8-0
run from the Breakers closed the gap,
with athletic plays from Abercrombie
and a long three from C J Bruton
paving the way. It all sounded like the
Breakers of old but that notion was to
be put to the test in the nal period,
with the champs starting two points
at two-point de cit soon became a
seven-point lead as the Breakers really
did display vintage form at both ends
of the oor. Melbourne responded
with a 5-0 run and the result remained
in doubt with a minute to play, until
Abercrombie drained a dagger three
to all but seal it.
Tigers 87 (Wothington 23,
Farrakhan 18, Goulding 23) Breakers
93 (Abercrombie 21, Vukona 17,
Corletto 15). Half-time: 47-43.
Frank helps Breakers to big win
e reign of King David is
David Ferrer, world No 3
and four-time Heineken Open
champion, was deposed by Yen-
Hsun Lu of Taipei 6-4 7-6 (4)
last night in the tournament's
biggest upset for some time.
at result seemed almost
unthinkable before their semi-
After all, Lu had never even
played in an ATP Tour semi-
nal before, let alone a nal,
in 13 years as a professional.
His best result before this
week had been 10 quarter- nal
Compare that to Ferrer, the
King of Stanley Street, who
was appearing in his 73rd ATP
semi- nal and who had won his
last eight semi- nals. Ferrer had
not lost a match in Auckland
since 2010, the year American
John Isner, Lu's opponent in
today's nal, won the Heinken
Lu could barely believe it
when Ferrer's forehand on
match point drifted long. But
he deserved to win and there
is no reason why he cannot
beat the big-serving Isner, who
overcame Spaniard Roberto
Bautista Agut 3-6 7-6 (2) 6-4
in his semi- nal.
Lu has been consistently good
all week and the fast surface at
Stanley Street seems to suit his
game. e world No 62 moves
well, makes very few errors
and hits a hard, at ball and he
put Ferrer under considerable
"It was better than good," Lu
said. "I played perfect. It was a
really amazing day.
"I will always remember this
match and the way I played. I
played the best tennis I have
played over the last few years."
Ferrer, who was aiming
to eclipse Roy Emmerson's
record for the most wins at the
Auckland event, could not say
the same thing.
"It is maybe one of the worst
defeats of my career," Ferrer
said. "I made a lot of mistakes,
like a junior."
Isner also made a high
number of errors but somehow
found a way to navigate his way
past Bautista Agut.
He looked in deep trouble
when trailing 5-3 in the second
set. Up to that point, his serve
lacked the pace usually seen
at this tournament --- he was
struggling to break 200kph ---
and his movement around the
court was poor.
He occasionally favoured
his sore ankle and his body
language also made him look
lethargic but Isner said that was
"I always look more tired than
I really am," he explained. "I'm
not playing possum, either."
Crucially, he broke when
Bautista Agut was serving for
the match to level at 5-5 and
then easily won the tiebreaker
7-2. Suddenly the momentum
had shifted and Isner's serve
was also cranking into gear.
He ri ed down his quickest
serve of the contest, a 231kph
bullet that equalled his fastest
of the tournament, to set up
match point and closed out
the match in one hour and 50
minutes. He will now play the
17th nal of his career but just
third outside America.
A large ice pack was soon
applied to his troublesome
ankle but Isner said it should
not be too much of a factor in
"It responds very well when I
ice it and that's what I'm going
to do the rest of the day," he
said. "But it comes to a point in
the matches, the hour-and-a-
half mark, when it starts to get
a bit painful.
"I'm not really worrying about
it. I'm just very happy I'm in the
nal and I have a feeling that
it's going to feel just ne when
I wake up in the morning. I'm
just one match from winning
this tournament. It would be
amazing for me."
Not as amazing as it would be
for Lu. --- APNZ
Ferrer missing from Heineken Open final
PICTURE: Getty Images
Yen-Hsun Lu plays a forehand during his semi- nal win against David Ferrer.
Bravo's confidence justified
in shortest form of game
ee was a time when the West Indies ruled
both the long and short form of cricket world.
For nigh on 20 years it was the overpowering
force in test cricket, where champions like Viv
Richards, Clive Lloyd, Gordon Greenidge,
Joel Garner, Michael Holding, Malcolm
Marshall and Curtly Ambrose swept all aside.
In 1975 and 1979 the West Indies won the
rst two 50-over World Cups in England
and should have completed the hat trick in
1983, but for getting cocky chasing a smallish
Indian target, then losing the master Richards
to a terri c running out eld catch by Indian
hero Kapil Dev.
In the short game after that? Not much.
ere was an unexpected Champions
Trophy win in England, against the host in
2004. At 147 for eight requiring 218, they
seemed dead. However unlikely heroes in
Courtney Browne and Ian Bradshaw put
on an unbroken 71 to get them over the line
against shellshocked hosts.
When T20 arrived in 2005, it was a step
into uncharted, shallower waters.
e Windies tied their rst T20 match,
at Eden Park in 2006 --- the game ending
in a hilarious bowl-o , nally won by New
Zealand, where it took an age for any bowler
to hit the unguarded stumps. e only
survivors from that game are wicketkeeper
Denesh Ramdin and captain Dwayne Bravo.
e teams tied again at Pallekele during the
2012 World T20, when Doug Bracewell was
run out o the nal ball, and the Windies
won the one-over eliminator, before going on
to clinch the title.
Two of their most e ective bowlers then
were spinners Sunil Narine and Samuel
Badree, both in the squad for the two games
to end their New Zealand tour.
e team which won that nal are all still
available, although four --- Chris Gayle,
Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard and Darren
Sammy --- are carrying injuries.
Coming o a morale-boosting, and one-
day series-levelling, win at Seddon Park on
Wednesday, they are coming into a form of
the game which seems to suit them, so you
can understand Bravo's con dence going to
"Our group is settled," the Trinidad all-
" ere won't be much change from the
team that won the last World Cup. It will be
95% the same team."
Of those who were not in Sri Lanka two
years ago, opener Kieran Powell and seamer
Jason Holder would seem the likeliest to
push a strong case.
Left-hander Powell had had a lean tour
until Wednesday, when his blazing 74 set up
the tourists' highest one-day international
total. Replicate that in the next two games
and he will have put up an unarguable case
Holder, the young Barbados bowler, has
impressed in the one-day series. More of the
same in the next few days and he, too, could
book himself a ticket to Dhaka.
e West Indies lost their last two T20s, to
Pakistan, last year. But it had won six on the
bounce before that. Overall it has won 23 and
lost 24 of the team's 51 T20s.
Bravo has replaced the injured Sammy, who
led the Windies to the 2012 title, as captain
for the T20s and he is having a storming tour.
"We still have a long way to go. All I keep
stressing is we have the talent but at times we
don't play to our true potential," he said.
"We are moving in a direction where we trust
and believe in each other, and are enjoying
each other's success. 2014 has started pretty
decently for us, now we look to improve and
stay tight as a team and everything is going
to fall into place."
e days of test dominance on an
unprecedented scale may have gone, but
there are other, shorter challenges. e West
Indies showed on Wednesday that when the
force is with them they can match the best.
New Zealand players, hurting after the
Seddon Park pummelling, need to pick
themselves up smartly.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: Getty Images
Dwayne Bravo celebrates his century in
the one-day series between New Zealand
and the West Indies at Seddon Park on
Underdone Ferns face
danger of tour defeat
Silver Ferns coach Waimarama
Taumaunu admits her side
are vulnerable to an upset loss
against England and Jamaica this
e Ferns touched down in
Glasgow last night ahead of a
two-week tour of the United
Kingdom, which includes
exhibition matches against
Scotland before they head to
London to meet England and
Given the players are coming
in fresh o their summer breaks
with limited court work under
their belts the two matches loom
as a risky proposition for the
Australia proved last year the
di culty of touring at this time
of year, su ering a historic 3-0
series loss to England, whose
domestic season runs from
December through to March.
While the players will lack
match tness, Taumaunu said
they need to be cautious about
overdoing their preparation for
the mini tri-series.
"Going to England at this time
of year is quite a vulnerable time
for us, I think the Australians
showed that last year,"Taumaunu
"We're also aware that we're
pulling players in o -season
and we don't want to have
a programme that is such a
surprise to their bodies that we
have people injured, so that's
going to be a balancing act that
we've started and will continue to
run across the month.
"We're going to have a pretty
managed approach to bringing in
that really high-intensity quick
movement. We'll take a little
while to get to that I think."
Adding to the Ferns
vulnerability is the absence of
captain Casey Kopua, who is
still recovering from minor ankle
surgery last month, leaving a vast
experience gap in the defensive
end --- traditionally their area
of strength. Kopua has been
replaced in the test squad by
Southern Steel defender and
under-21 star Phoenix Karaka,
with two-test Fern Te Huinga
Reo Selby-Rickit likely to replace
Kopua in the starting side.
Despite the New Zealand
side going into the series
underdone, Taumaunu believes
the risks of su ering a loss,
which could be damaging to
the team's con dence ahead of
the Commonwealth Games, is
outweighed by bene ts of getting
a good look at the other medal
Taumaunu said they have seen
plenty of Australia over the past
couple of years, but they have not
played a test against Jamaica in
nearly three years.
It has also been a long time
since they have met England at
With star defender Geva
Mentor returning to the fray for
England after ending a two-year
stand-o with her national body
over their selection criteria, and
a good chunk of their starting
line-up having regular ANZ
Taumaunu said the English line-
up is one of the strongest she has
" is tour is hugely important
familiarisation with Glasgow
(the Commonwealth Games
venue) and the second is getting
a really good look at Jamaica,
who will be in our pool play, and
England who we may meet in
the cross-over," she said.
"It's an opportunity for us to
meet line-ups we may have seen
on television and not played."
e tour will be the last time
the Ferns are together as a
group before the reassemble in
July for the Commonwealth
Games build-up. But Taumaunu
said there was still room for a
player outside of the tour group
to force their way into the
Commonwealth Games team.
e selectors will be keeping a
particularly close eye on Mystics
defender Anna Harrison as she
returns from the birth of her rst
child. Versatile star Kayla Cullen
could also come back into the
reckoning in the next six months,
but has a di cult road ahead
following a knee reconstruction
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Seasoned batsmen Younis Khan and
Misbah-ul Haq hit resolute half-centuries to
take the ght to Sri Lanka in the second Test
in Dubai overnight.
Younis was unbeaten on 62 and Misbah
scored 53 not out to help Pakistan reach 132
for three at stumps on the third day at the
Dubai stadium where the pitch is likely to
help spinners on the last two days.
Pakistan still needs another 93 runs to avoid
an innings defeat and go 1-0 down in the
three-test series after the rst test ended in a
draw in Abu Dhabi.
Younis and Misbah, who both hit
hundreds in Abu Dhabi last week, came
together with Pakistan in dire straits at 19
for three. ey held the batting together
during their un nished 113-run fourth
"It's nice to ght back," Younis said. "I had
a good partnership with Misbah when the
team needed it and our rst target will be to
erase the lead and then bat on."
Sri Lanka earlier gained a 223-run lead by
scoring 388 in their rst knock. Pakistan had
made 165 in its rst innings. --- AFP
Younis, Misbah fight for Pakistan
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