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Now it is three.
New Zealand’s thrilling 53-run win
over the West Indies in Barbados
today made it three successive test
series victories over top eight nations.
Beating the Windies and India
at home was a fine achievement;
following that with the first victory
over a major nation away from home
for 12 years adds to the belief this
New Zealand side are becoming a
significant player in the world game.
It is the third time New Zealand
have won three series on the bounce.
It happened in 1985-86, when
the Richard Hadlee-inspired New
Zealanders beat Australia away, then
home, then headed to England and
won a rubber at the home of the game
for the first time.
In the 2005-06 season, New Zealand
beat Sri Lanka at home, Zimbabwe
away and the West Indies at home.
Having walloped the West Indies by
186 runs at Jamaica, they were then
themselves turned over by 10 wickets
Considerable fight was required to
get back on the bike against a team
you would have imagined felt it had
whatever momentum was on offer.
Instead, New Zealand, having
surrendered a 24-run first innings lead,
had to work themselves back into a
dominant position. Thank batsman of
the series Kane Willliamson for that.
His unbeaten 161, his second ton
of the rubber, allowed an overnight
declaration and the bowlers chipped
away through a fascinating final day
at Kensington O val, clinching the win
with 13.4 overs left.
All the bowlers did their bit.
Left armer Trent Boult knocked the
top off with two wickets inside the first
seven overs then completed the job,
having last man Jerome Taylor lbw.
Tim Southee skittled the key
attacking threat, Chris Gayle, albeit
off an inside edge, then eased out two
more wickets in seven balls.
Offspinner Mark Craig’s three
wickets gave him 12 in his debut series.
When he drew veteran lefthander Shiv
Chanderpaul down the pitch to have
him stumpd it was the first time in 266
innings the stubborn Guyanese had
been dismissed in that manner.
Bowlers Jason Holder and Shane
Shillingford battled for 22 overs to
induce a hefty dose of tension in the
final session. However when Craig
bowled Holder to have the West Indies
eight down, it opened a door and the
job was done in the next 10 overs.
There are two T20s in Dominica at
the weekend to round off the tour.
Remember last year when New
Zealand were being pilloried for their
listless test performances during that
10-test winless stretch?
Now they have won five of their last
seven tests, home and away. They can
be immensely proud of that.
Top runscorers in the series.—
Kane Williamson 413, Tom Latham
288, Jimmy Neesham 278, Kraigg
Braithwaite 217, Chris Gayle 208.
Top wicket-takers in the series.—
Kemar Roach 15, Sulieman Benn
14, Mark Craig 12, Tim Southee 11,
Jerome Taylor 11.
Black Caps in the West Indies. —
1971/72 - Series drawn 0-0 (Five
tests), 1984/85 - West Indies 2-0 (Four
tests), 1996 - West Indies 1-0 (Two
tests), 2002 - New Zealand 1-0 (Two
tests), 2012 - West Indies 2-0 (Two
tests), 2014 - New Zealand 2-1 (Two
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Coastal Pathway fun
A group sets off from the Karoro Domain on Sunday as part of the Coastal Pathway fun run and bike ride. About 70
walkers and bikers set off from Paroa School along the cycleway, finishing up at Arthur Fong Park, in Blaketown.
“ We had a good turnout,” co-ordinator Bree Cumming said. “It was 7km from Paroa, while other walkers and bikers
started at the Karoro Domain. The annual event is in its third year and it went well and was well supported.”
Black Caps win
PICTURE: Getty Images
The Black Caps celebrate after winning the three-test series over the West Indies 2-1.
New Zealand cyclist Jack Bauer
will have the ideal build-up for the
Commonwealth Games road race,
when he was confirmed as a starter
in his second Tour de France.
Bauer was named in the nine-
strong Garmin-Sharp line-up for
the Tour de France that starts this
Saturday in Leeds, England.
The Tour finishes in Paris on
July 27, a week before the road race
in Glasgow, set for the final day of
the Commonwealth Games.
He completed his first Tour de
France last year and will again
play a key role in supporting
young American star Andrew
Talansky, who was 10th on general
classification in his debut last year.
The team’s chances were dealt a
blow with veteran David Millar,
in what was to be his final Tour
de France, not considered due to
Bauer has been in strong form
this year, winning the prologue at
the Herald Sun Tour, and followed
his efforts in all of the major
classics with seventh in the time
trial at the Bayern Rundfahrt
where he was 13th on general
He will join Greg Henderson
(Lotto Belisol) as the New Zealand
riders in this year’s Tour de France.
Both will be key chances in the
Commonwealth Games road race.
Bauer confirmed in Tour de France
A former West Coast woman
battled high altitude, snow and
freezing conditions to finish as
the top placed woman in the
highest trail running competition
in the world.
Ruth Croft, who is originally
from Greymouth and currently
based in Taiwan, took part in the
Tenzing-Hillary Everest Ultra-
Marathon, held in shadow of the
world’s tallest mountain, in Nepal
on May 29, finishing eighth out
of 18 competitors.
She took 10 hours and 20
minutes to complete the 42km
race, which began more than
17,000 feet up at Mount Everest
base camp, and finished at 11,306
feet at the village of Namche
Bazaar. Croft also finished just
one place and 26 minutes behind
the top finishing foreigner,
Brazilian Bernardo Fonseca, and
one place and more than two
hours ahead of fellow foreigner,
Israeli Daniel Karen.
Most of the competitors,
including the top three, were
In addition to the competition
Croft also completed a 14-day
trek to the race start line, designed
to give competitors time to adjust
to the high altitude in which they
would be running.
Ruth Croft competes in the Tenzing-Hillary Everest Ultra-Marathon, in Nepal.
Ex-Coaster in Everest ultra-marathon
Lou Vincent ’s cricketing fate is
expected to be sealed within days, and
the former international is likely to
receive a life ban from the sport.
The 35-year-old is holed up at
his Kaukapakapa home waiting on
confirmation from the England and
Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
It is expected the ECB will announce
the ban this week, but there is a small
chance it could be delayed until early
The Herald contacted Vincent ’s
lawyer, Chris Morris, who was unable to
It is believed Vincent will be the first
New Zealand professional sportsman or
woman to receive a life ban.
Vincent has admitted his role in
match-fixing to officers from the ECB
and the International Cricket Council’s
The ICC has refused to pull the trigger
while Britain’s Metropolitan Police
carry out their own investigation
into match-fixing — with Vincent ’s
testimony at the heart of it — but the
ECB has felt no such restraint.
Vincent, who played 23 tests and
102 one-day internationals for New
Zealand, has admitting to cheating
in several countries and multiple
competitions, including the defunct
Indian Cricket League, T20 Champions
League and county cricket ’s limited
It is the last that has enraged the
ECB. Vincent arranged to fix matches
and underperform while a player for
Lancashire and Sussex.
Last month, the ECB banned
Vincent ’s former Sussex team-mate
Naved Arif for life after the allrounder
pleaded guilty to six charges of
match-fixing. Vincent is facing 14
Vincent has previously been banned
for three years by Bangladesh Cricket
after failing to report an approach
from bookmakers during the 2012
Bangladesh Premier League.
The right-hander was playing for the
That was the first time a New
Zealand cricketer had been banned for
involvement in match-fixing.
Vincent ’s testimony, which has
supplied investigators with detailed
information on the inner workings of
match-fixing and fixers, has implicated
fellow former internationals Chris
Cairns and Daryl Tuffey.
He has testified that he was first
approached at the ICL by an Indian
bookmaker known as VG who offered
him $15,000 and a woman as a
As Vincent got deeper into the world
of fixing and began working for more
than one bookie, his fixing became more
He would use signals such as the colour
of his bat handle or pulling away while
the bowler was running in to indicate
that the fix was on.
Cairns has confirmed he has had
inter views with the Metropolitan Police
and anti-corruption officers. He has
consistently denied any wrongdoing.
It is understood police from the Met
spoke to Tuffey as recently as last week.
Tu ff ey, too, has denied all involvement
in match-fixing. — APNZ
WORLD CUP FOOTBALL
Vincent awaits life-ban confirmation
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Germany and France snuffed
out African hopes and reached
the World Cup quarter-finals
today with hard-won victories over
Algeria and Nigeria, while Uruguay
striker Luis Suarez broke his silence
to apologise for biting.
Both European powerhouses
struggled for their wins, France
needing late goals to see off African
champions Nigeria 2-0 and
Germany only securing their 2-1
victory over Algeria in extra time.
Germany and France will meet
in the last eight on Friday, while
disappointed Africans have no
teams left to support.
In Porto Alegre, the sides were
deadlocked 0-0 after 90 minutes in
a frantic end-to-end match where
Algeria goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi
pulled off some fantastic saves but
swiftly counter-attacks also gave the
north Africans chances to win.
With the score 0-0 at full time,
German substitute Andre Schuerrle
deftly flicked in a low cross, before
Mesut Ozil added a second in the
There was still time for an
Algerian consolation goal, by
Abdelmoumene Djabou. It was no
more than they deser ved but not
enough to prevent heartbreak at the
“The Algerians did a good job,
they disrupted us from the start
and didn’t let us get into our game.
But it doesn’t matter how we won,”
The result kept Germany ’s enviable
record of reaching at least the
quarter-finals in every World Cup
they have played in since 1938. It
also denied Algeria revenge for a
dark chapter in 1982 when, despite
beating then West Germany, they
went out after a seemingly contrived
result between the Germans and
“ We showed the whole world that
Algeria has a great team,” defender
Madjid Bougherra said. “ We fought
all the way. At the start of Ramadan,
we did a great job representing
Earlier in Brasilia, France, seeking
to make up for a humiliating early
exit four years ago, left it late to
break down a tough Nigeria, scoring
twice in the last 11 minutes.
‘Super Eagles’ goalkeeper Vincent
Enyeama, who had been excellent
until then, flapped at a corner in the
79th minute, leaving Paul Pogba an
open goal to head into after French
pressure had built steadily in the
“ To score a goal for your country,
especially in an important match
like this to get into the World Cup
quarter-finals, it ’s one of the best
moments of my life,” an elated
‘L es Bleus’ struck again at the
death when Nigeria defender Joseph
Yobo skewed a cross into his own
Nigeria, who have never
progressed beyond the last 16, had
the better of the first half in a rough
game that swung France’s way
after the African side’s influential
midfielder Ogenyi Onazi was
injured and carried off following
a late studs-up tackle by Blaise
Today ’s goals took the tally for the
tournament to 150, surpassing the
145 scored in the entire 2010 World
Off the pitch, it was again Suarez
making the headlines — though
this time for the right reasons.
In a contrite statement from his
home in Uruguay, the volatile striker
said he had time to reflect on his
biting of an Italian defender.
“I ask for the forgiveness of
Giorgio Chiellini and all the
football family,” he said. “I publicly
promise that an incident like that
will never occur again with my
Nevertheless, Uruguay ’s President
Jose Mujica upped the ante over
the saga, calling FIFA bosses “sons
of bitches” for giving a “fascist ”
punishment of a four-month
football ban to Suarez.
Controversy also swirled over
another for ward seldom out of
the headlines, D utchman Arjen
All of Mexico was still fuming at
Robben’s tumble that earned a last-
ditch penalty to put the Netherlands
through yesterday. Mexican fans
excoriated and mocked him
mercilessly on social media, some
depicting an arm-flailing Robben
leaping into the sea off rocks at a
famous diving spot in Acapulco.
Robben, 30, fanned the
controversy further by insisting
the tackle from Mexican captain
Rafael Marquez was a penalty, but
confessing he had dived in another
“In the first half I went to ground
without being fouled, without being
touched and that was a stupid
action,” he said.
“I am anhonest guy,I am a
straight guy, that ’s my personality
and I apologise for what happened
in the first half.”
FIFA said there was unlikely to
be any retrospective action, drawing
accusations of hypocrisy given the
punishment to Suarez.
There was a one-match ban for
another miscreant, Brazil’s senior
press official Rodrigo Paiva who was
involved in a half-time scuffle with
Chilean striker Mauricio Pinilla in
the last-16 clash.
The fallout from Ghana’s
disastrous World Cup continued,
with midfielder Kevin-Prince
Boateng saying preparations had
been a “nightmare”. Ghana exited
with one point in three games and
Boateng was suspended for a row
with his coach.
“I would have never thought a
World Cup preparation could be
organised that badly. Everything
was amateurish,” he said.
Tuesday offers two trans-Atlantic
Belgium’s young side are an
outside bet for the title and certainly
favourites to beat the United States,
but Jurgen Klinsmann has his
charges fired up and super-fit.
A Lionel Messi-led Argentina
should have little trouble
dispatching Switzerland, but
underdogs have thrown plenty of
surprises in this most fascinating of
World Cups. — Reuters
Germany, France squash
PICTURE: Getty Images
Germany’s Andre Schuerrle scores his team’s first goal past Algeria’s goalkeeper Rais M’Bolhi in extra time
at the Estadio Beira-Rio, in Porto Alegre.
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