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When did we last see one-day
international cricket like it?
e New Zealanders have
captured the public s summer
mood with their David-Goliath
efforts against world champions
e public recognises
something likeable about this
team. Perhaps there is minimal
Maybe it is an injection of
Rocky syndrome, witnessing
an underdog on the rise? Any
disappointment with Saturday s
tie is probably just a reflection
of increased expectations. is
is an assumption, but most New
Zealand fans would probably
have leapt like orange t-shirted
one-handed catchers before the
series if offered an unassailable
For sheer compulsion this series
rivals the record-breaking scoring
of the 2006-07 Chappell-Hadlee
Trophy where New Zealand
triumphed over world champions
Australia; it competes with the
2001-02 debut of Shane Bond in
the VB series where he started by
tearing out Mark Waugh, Ricky
Ponting and Michael Bevan
at the MCG; and it challenges
the heroics of Lance Cairns
Excalibur et al during the 1982-
83 Australian tri-series.
e impact has only been
amplified by the background
political machinations of
the Indian board and their
Australian and English cohorts
as Martin Snedden and David
White prepare to burst through
the saloon doors and take no
prisoners in the International
Cricket Council boardroom this
New Zealand is on the cusp
of just their second ODI series
victory over India in a series of
three or more matches, following
the 5-2 triumph of 2002-03.
Despite that triumph, this series
appears to offer something extra.
Is it the pure stroke-making
of Kane Williamson and Virat
Kohli? e clean striking of
Martin Guptill and Mahendra
Singh Dhoni? e palpable
aggression of Mitchell
McClenaghan and Mohammed
Shami? e raw determination
of Corey Anderson and Ravindra
Perhaps, dare we say it, we owe
part of the revival to twenty20. In
the past the prospect of chasing
down 156 in Auckland, 177 in
Hamilton or 156 in Napier from
the final 20 overs would have
been intimidating. Not now.
e proliferation of T20 cricket,
severe fielding restrictions and
more powerful bats means these
targets are in --- or perhaps it is
more appropriate to say out of
the ball park.
e T20 revolution has
also brought an acceptance
of a greater fielding skills set.
Spectacular catches and direct
run outs like the efforts of
Guptill and Ajinkya Rahane at
Eden Park are expected rather
than looked upon as freakish
As for the bowlers, well, there
is still a touch of hope-for-the-
best about their limited overs
prospects on excellent batting
pitches with short boundaries
and limited field placements,
but a decent slower ball, bouncer
and yorker are always handy to
prevent spectacles turning into
is series has shown how
ODIs can weave more context
and depth into a match than
a T20. Innings need to be
constructed beyond what at
times are crash-bash T20 bores.
Expatriate Indian fans have also
enhanced the longer experience,
bringing a kaleidoscope of colour
and a cacophony of noise.
Fans are crawling out from
behind the couches where they ve
been cringing intermittently for
years. With the hosting of the
World Cup just over a year away,
New Zealand s resurgence could
not be better timed.
Monday, January 27, 2014
ree generations of the Kelleher family
of Cobden were represented in the team
that won the Greymouth Bowling Club
Triples Tournament at the weekend.
Danny Keller, his son Nigeal and
grandson Hamish, 10, beat a Karoro team
comprising Brad Dixon, Jim O Donnell
and Gus Connors in the final.
In third place were Trevor Pascoe, Mike
Dunn and Jim Findlay, of Blaketown.
e club patron, 90-year-old Ian
McEwen, made the presentations.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Nigeal Kelleher, left, his son Hamish, Greymouth Bowling Club president Les Mangos, Danny Kelleher and club patron
Kelleher family wins triples tournament
AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS
staged the biggest upset
in a grand slam final
for nearly half a decade
when he put down a
wounded Rafa Nadal
6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in a
surreal Australian Open
final to win his maiden
major title last night.
e record books will
record a shock on a
par with Juan Martin
del Potro s victory over
Federer at the 2009 US
Open but it was a far
more complex evening
e Swiss had started
brilliantly to take the
opening set of a match
few had given him a
chance of winning but
the contest changed
irrevocably when world
No 1 Nadal pulled up
with a back injury at
the beginning of the
treatment, the Spaniard
remarkably came back to win the third set
and it took some time before the eighth
seed was able to sufficiently regather
himself to serve out for victory after 141
Wawrinka sat on court in tears after
receiving the trophy from Pete Sampras,
who, if the pre-match script had held,
would have handed it to Nadal after the
Spaniard matched his haul of 14 grand
"It s quite crazy what s happening right
now," Wawrinka said, the first player
since Del Potro to break the grand slam
monopoly of Nadal, Federer, Novak
Djokovic and Andy Murray.
"I never expected to win a grand slam. I
never dreamed about that because for me,
I was not good enough to beat those
Nadal, top seed and holder of the French
and US Open titles after a brilliant 2013
season, did everything in his power to avoid
taking the limelight away from Wawrinka s
arrival into the grand slam winner s circle.
" at s not the real moment to talk about
(the injury)," Nadal said, who admitted his
back had troubled him from the warm-up.
"It s the moment to congratulate Stan.
He s playing unbelievably. He really
deserved to win that title. I m very happy
for him. He s a great, great guy. He s a good
friend of mine. I am really happy for him.
So just congratulate him for everything."
His tears, though, told of the frustration
of an ultra-competitive man whose path to
a second Australian Open title had been
blocked by injury for a fourth time in five
years since his sole triumph in 2009.
e 27-year-old retired in his quarter-
final against Murray in 2010, slumped out
while clearly injured against compatriot
David Ferrer in the 2011 last eight and
missed the entire tournament in 2013.
"I tried hard until the end, trying to finish
the match as good as I could for the crowd,
for the opponent, for me," Nadal added.
"So that s what I did, tried everything
until the last moment, but it was impossible
to win this way."
After also beating defending champion
Djokovic in the quarter-finals, Wawrinka
became first man to defeat the top two
seeds at a grand slam since Spain s Sergi
Bruguera at Roland Garros in Paris in
Wawrinka will now move above Federer
in the world rankings to become Swiss No
1, an almost inconceivable thought not
more than 12 months ago when he was
considered no more than a decent top 20
e 28-year-old has been a revelation
under new coach Magnus Norman over the
last six months, though.
Serving like a dream and smashing
winners from both wings, he grabbed
a break for 3-1 when Nadal netted a
backhand and held firm to hold his own
serve and take his first ever set off the
Spaniard in their 13 meetings.
Nadal had been glancing ner vously up
at his uncle and coach Toni in the stands
in the first set but it was not until he had
been broken to love to start the second that
it became apparent that something was
When he came to serve again at 2-0
down, he suddenly pulled up short and at
the next change of ends, raced off court for
a medical timeout.
Wawrinka raged at umpire Carlos Ramos
for not explaining clearly what was going
on and the crowd booed the 13-times
grand slam champion when he returned
to court, obviously suspecting some
gamesmanship to arrest his slide.
It soon became obvious that was not the
case as, clearly impeded, Nadal shuffled
lamely along the baseline.
For the remainder of the set the crowd
were like rubber-neckers at a car crash,
watching to see how long Nadal could last
After winning the second set, though,
Wawrinka appeared to have been knocked
off his stride by Nadal s predicament and
whatever treatment the Spaniard had
received kicked in and he incredibly won
"It wasn t easy," Wawrinka said. "He got
injured. I saw that. He wasn t serving at
all. He wasn t moving during one set. en
was a completely different match. I had to
focus on myself, to try to find the way just
to win it."
Wawrinka grabbed the first break in
the fourth set with a thumping forehand
winner only for Nadal to break right back
but another huge forehand soon had the
world No 8 ser ving for the match at 5-3.
By now he could scent victory and, after
punching himself in the head a couple of
times, he served out to love, marching up to
the net to slap another forehand past Nadal
to deliver the coup de grace.
"I was unhappy because normally that s
not the way I want to win the match,"
"But it s a final. At the end I won in four
sets. I think I finished the match well. To
get the win, it s just amazing for me."
A gay former Buller representative rugby
player says life inside New Zealand s
NPC environment was "suffocating and
emotionally draining" and a gay All Black
represents an important "last hurdle" for
Ryan Sanders, who represented Buller
and Canterbury B in the early 2000s,
never felt comfortable enough to reveal his
sexuality during his playing days and even
had "fake girlfriends".
Sanders, who also played professionally
for Edinburgh, feels that New Zealand
rugby remains one of the last bastions of
discrimination by sexual orientation.
"It is super important now that the
environment evolves," Sanders said.
"We are making a lot of steps forward in
terms of sexual equality and, with rugby
being New Zealand s No 1 sport, it is the
last hurdle that we need to take."
ere have been several examples of
gay sportspeople coming out in recent
times --- in the NBA ( Jason Collins), the
English Premier League (former German
international omas Hitzlsperger), the
Welsh rugby team (Gareth omas) and
Olympians (British diver Tom Daley) ---
but there has yet to be a high-profile rugby
player in this country.
"I know the gay All Black thing gets
brought up a fair bit but I think it would
be amazing if someone does come out --- I
am sure there is one or two," Sanders says.
"It s the last hurdle but it will take the
right person with broad enough shoulders
to be able to bear that initial brunt.
"It s crazy when you think how long ago
Ian Roberts (former Manly, NSW and
Australian forward) went public (in 1994).
I remember that and thinking, Wow, that
is really cool ."
Sanders feels there has "definitely" been
a gay All Black at some stage, though no
one has ever come out
" e value will come
when an All Black
comes out during his
rugby career," Sanders
"I can honestly say
that would have made
a massive difference
to me. For me, it
would have been huge if I was young and
growing up and an All Black had come out
Sanders says he has also heard rumours
around a few gay Super 15 players but is
unsure if they are true or not.
"I think there are definitely a lot more gay
people playing rugby --- it is one of the last
bastions of sexual inequality."
In his own career, Sanders had the rugby
world at his feet at the start of the last
At the age of 22, he was named Buller s
player of the year in the 2000 NPC
A promising lock, he had received the
same honour for his senior club side and
was later drafted into the Canterbury B
team. --- New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: Getty Images
Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka, left, with Pete Sampras and Rafael Nadal after the men s final
last night in Melbourne.
PICTURE: Getty Images
India s Ravindra Jajeda gets a pat on the back from Ross
Taylor after drawing the third one day international cricket match
at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.
first grand slam
Back injury hampers Nadal
Gay fears need tackling, --- ex Buller player
riller ends in tie
New Zealander Lydia Ko has finished
the season-opening Bahamas Classic in
a tie for seventh.
Ko, who began the day in a tie for
eighth, hit five birdies in a five under par
68 in her final round.
American Jessica Korda hit a suberb
66 to win, overtaking previous leader Na
Yeon Choi of South Korea. Stacy Lewis
of the USA was second, with Choi in a
four-way tie for third. --- APNZ
Otago completed the
highest successful run
chase in their history to
pull off a remarkable win
over Wellington in the
Plunket Shield yesterday.
Canterbury would have
been confident of adding
another win after setting
Otago 379 in Dunedin,
but the home side reached
their target for the loss of
only three wickets.
After resuming on
245-3 and still 134 runs
in arrears, Neil Broom
and Sam Wells built on
the base provided on
day three by Hamish
Rutherford (96) and
Michael Bracewell (65).
Brooms and Wells
brought up their 100-run
partnership in the first
session of the final day
as Otago pulled within
38 runs of their target,
before rain at University
Oval washed away the
entire middle session and
threatened to deny the
hosts an historic victory.
Fortunately for Otago,
the skies cleared enough
to allow play to resume
late in the afternoon, with
Wells bringing up his
third first class century to
finish unbeaten on 100
and Broom reaching 89
not out. In the day s other
match, Auckland and
Wellington played out a
dour draw at the Basin
Reserve, with persistent
rain seeing the hosts
decide to bat for much of
When Wellington s
innings finally came to a
close on 298-9, Auckland
were set an improbable
target of 299 in 45 overs,
with the match called off
shortly into the chase.
Auckland remain in
fifth place with the
result, ahead of only
Northern Districts, while
Canterbury still head
the pack after six of 10
rounds. --- APNZ
Ko finishes seventh in
Victories for Kenya and the United
Arab Emirates condensed the Super
Sixes standings at the Cricket World Cup
qualifying tournament in Christchurch
UAE thrashed Papua New Guinea by
150 runs at Hagley Oval and Kenya edged
Hong Kong by 10 runs at Mainpower Oval,
while Scotland s rain-affected match with
Namibia will be completed today.
e results saw UAE pull level with
PNG on four points after the first of three
rounds in the Super Sixes, while the four
other sides all sit on two points pending
today s outcome.
With teams carrying over points earned
against fellow Super Six sides in the group
stage, PNG were in the box seat before the
day began, chasing what would be a maiden
appearance at the 2015 World Cup in New
Zealand and Australia.
ose hopes were soon dented by UAE
captain Khurram Khan, who stroked 17
boundaries and hit two sixes to record a
career-best innings of 138 from 145 balls.
UAE were eventually dismissed for 280
in the penultimate over, setting PNG a
daunting chase if they wished to increase
their Super Sixes lead.
at chase began in the worst possible
fashion when outstanding opener Lega
Siaka was caught behind from the bowling
of Mohammad Naveed on the first ball of
Wickets continued to tumble and PNG
were soon reduced to 45-5, before slumping
to 130 all out in the 29th over.
Elsewhere, rain denied a grandstand
finish between Kenya and Hong Kong in
Rangiora but, after the Duckworth-Lewis
calculations went in their favour, Kenya
wouldn t have been complaining.
Jamie Atkinson s captain s knock of 85
helped Hong Kong to compile 254-8 batting
first, with Lameck Onyango claiming four
wickets for Kenya.
In reply, 82 from opener Irfan Karim put
Kenya on the right track before Morris
Ouma hit an unbeaten 69 to further boost
With Kenya needing 32 runs from 28 balls
with six wickets in hand, the match seemed
set for a nail-biting conclusion, before the
heavens opened and the African nation
were awarded a 10-run victory.
In the day s other match at Lincoln, rain
interrupted Namibia on 59-2 after 12 overs,
chasing Scotland s total of 279-9.
Tight at top of qualifying tourney
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