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West Coast Netball president Kaye Power, right, and umpire Marion Davies were recognised recently for the years of work they
have given the sport. Mrs Power, who has been president of the netball centre for 17 years, received a ser vice award, while
Mrs Davies, who has been umpiring for more than 27 years, was made a life member. She received her New Zealand umpires badge
NETBALL Ser vice recognised
Jimmy Neesham accepts he
may end up a quiz question,
despite becoming the 10th
New Zealander to score a
century on test debut.
His contribution might be
summed up as: Who was the
batsman at the other end when
Brendon McCullum made his
"I might finally get one of
those quiz questions right,"
Neesham quipped. "To witness
history on debut is something
that will live with me forever."
e 23-year-old left-hander
made his own history, posting
137 not out, test cricket s
highest score by a No 8 batsman on debut.
He overtook Pakistan s Azhar Mahmood
(128 not out v South Africa in 1997) and
joined New Zealanders Scott Styris (v West
Indies, 2002) and Bruce Taylor (v India,
1965) as debutant century-makers in that
e 3357 witnesses at the ground know
Neesham s performance held weight,
especially considering he was not part of the
squad for the first test and would not have
played had Doug Bracewell not misbehaved
or the pitch ruled out
the benefits of using
leg-spinner Ish Sodhi.
his accolades, having
been padded up
for 123 overs while
McCullum and B J
on their world record
partnership of 352 for
the sixth-wicket as
part of New Zealand s
highest test total of
680 for eight.
"When I got out
there with Baz I
said I d spent longer
waiting in pads than
batting in them this
He impressed from arrival, launching into
strokes all around the wicket building the
lead from 200 to the eventual 434. Rumours
of him being a bowling all-rounder have
been greatly exaggerated.
"It was a bit surreal, especially having
Baz at the other end chasing a momentous
milestone, but that took the focus off me. e
main objective was getting him to 300 then
suddenly I wasn t far away from a century
"A hundred on test debut is something I ve
thought of more than any other thing in life
to this point."
Neesham said the crowd played a pivotal
role and he knew his place in proceedings.
"Baz played and missed at one, then
blocked the next ball which resulted in the
biggest applause of the morning (until the
300). To be in a situation where the focus is
not all on you eased the pressure.
"We didn t talk about who d get there first
too much but I m pleased I ended up as the
entree to Baz s main course. e crowd had a
practice session of standing up and clapping."
Neesham says he learnt from New
Zealand s first innings of 192.
"You figure out what you re made of in that
situation. To get through to 33 was okay
but to get out with a lack of conviction was
disappointing. Still, it reaffirmed I was good
enough to get runs at that level."
"For Neesh in his first test --- and with the
match evenly poised --- to come out and play
his natural, aggressive game takes courage,"
His performance also hadn t escaped the
eye of Indian skipper Mahendra Singh
"It s good to have players like Neesham and
Corey Anderson who can bowl a bit and bat
at the same time. Overall they really set the
tone for the New Zealand team."
--- New Zealand
Neesham accepts situation
Outstanding former Dunedin
cricketer Brendon McCullum is
making many people proud this
week, including his former high
school teacher and sports coach.
McCullum shared his thanks
and admiration for King s High
School deputy rector Darryl
Paterson through a national
website this week, ahead of
scoring 302 runs for New
Zealand against India.
McCullum said Mr Paterson
inspired him to "keep pushing
when others had stopped, and
to keep hanging in when it was
accepted to give in".
His comments were posted
on the InspiredbyU website,
which was part of a national
campaign aimed at getting New
Zealanders to share stories of
the teacher who had the greatest
impact on their lives.
" anks Mr Paterson, I
appreciate all your support and
guidance in times of uncertainty.
For all your support, thank you
and I will forever be indebted to
you," McCullum said.
Mr Paterson, 46, taught a
young McCullum physical
education and was also his
cricket and rugby coach.
He told the Otago Daily
Times he was "quite emotional"
when he found out about
McCullum s public show of
a pretty close
through rugby and
cricket. I do feel
proud, and over
the last few days
I ve sat back and
he s creating
history here ," Mr
"If I ve played
some part in that,
then it s something
I m really proud
his first game
of cricket with
had just started at
"He scored over
100 and kept
hitting balls into
Queen s (High
School) ... and
from that game he
was selected for
the King s First XI
even though he
was a third former. He was not
much taller than the stumps and
he used to stand up to the fastest
bowlers. Even back then he just
had amazing talent."
Mr Paterson coached
McCullum when he played first
five-eighth for the King s First
XV in his last two years at the
McCullum s talent on the
cricket pitch was matched by
his skill as a rugby player, Mr
He said McCullum was the
team captain and star player ,
and was once selected ahead of
Dan Carter for a South Island
secondary school side.
"He was an amazing rugby
player and planned to play for
Southern, but Richard Hadlee
got on the phone and said if he
played rugby it could risk his
chances with cricket.
"He decided to stick with
cricket, and I guess this week
has proved he made the right
choice." --- Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Getty Images
Man of the match Brendon McCullum celebrates the test series win with
team-mates at the conclusion of yesterday s test.
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