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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday April 2 2015
www.times.co.nz Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, April 2, 2015 — 31 127840 KANEWilliamson and Grant Elliott’s match-winning sixes to defeat Australia in pool play and South Africa in a dramatic semi-final final will remain indelible memories from New Zealand’s 2015 World Cup ODI cricket campaign that I will take to the grave. So, I suspect, will many other proud Kiwis who have witnessed the Black Caps rapid rise to fame over the past two summers under the captaincy of the courageous Brendon McCullum. With Martin Guptill the top batsman with 547 runs and Trent Boult (22 wickets) sharing the bowling honours with Australian star Mitchell Starc, this was a world championship to cherish. With Starc’s swing and James Faulkner’s deceptive slow ball dismissing NZ cheaply for 183, Australia were resounding seven- wicket winners of the Melbourne final before a record 93,013 fans. Only the gallant Elliott, with a defiant 83, managed to reap a profit from the relentless Aussie attack as big hitters McCullum, Corey Anderson and Luke Ronchi were all skittled for ducks. Asking the fearless McCullum to respect the good balls in ODI and Twenty20 cricket is like asking a leopard to change his spots. He managed it in test cricket when he became the first New Zealander to better 300 in a test innings and score 1000 for the year. But his philosophy in the shorter versions of the game is the Mike Tyson knockout rather than the science of Muhammad Ali. McCullum’s captaincy has been brilliant in setting attacking fields in support of his pace attack led by gifted left-arm swing bowler Boult, supported by Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Anderson and finally Matt Henry. Although Southee failed to repeat his brilliance against England he still captured 15 wickets along with wily leg spinner Vettori. It is sad to reflect that Vettori’s swansong failed to reap him a world crown after a remarking 18- year international career which has won global acclaim. His bowling confounded opponents at crucial times and his salmon-like boundary catch against the West Indies was one of the tournament highlights. So, too, was Guptill’s World Cup record 237 in repaying the faith of coach Mike Hesson for staying faithful to him when he was in a slump. By their own standards Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor failed to reap the runs they would have hoped. However, although Taylor was pedestrian at times he stuck around like glue to allow the free flowing Guptill and Elliott to prosper. At 36, the same age as Vettori, Elliott is in his pomp and thankfully has no thoughts of retiring. Blessed with a wonderful temperament, he’s a smart man who reads the situation well and plays accordingly. Although Vettori will be sadly missed, the future looks bright with the team likely to continue to prosper by playing an attractive attacking game under McCullum’s inspired leadership. Never has New Zealand had such medium-fast to fast bowling depth as it has now when one considers the merits of Boult, Southee, Matt Henry, Adam Milne, Mitch McClenaghan, Kyle Mills, Doug Bracewell and Neil Wagner. Hopefully such depth will help overcome the loss of bowling coach Shane Bond who has done a fantastic job in the wake of Alan Donald. A pity, however, that veteran Mills was not named as his replacement. He’s vastly experienced, has an outstanding record and is widely respected. OPINION Great memories to cherish World Cup will be remembered fondly despite final result MULTISPORT Easy victory in Auckland Half Ironman MARK Bowstead has won the Auckland Half Ironman for the fifth time. Bowstead, of Glenbrook, cantered to victory by more than 27 minutes in the event on March 21. The 2-kilometre swim leg is held at Maraetai Beach, before the 90km cycle heads to Kaiaua and back to Kawakawa Bay for the run. Bowstead set a personal best in the half- marathon of 1 hour 15 minutes, to finish in 4h 05m. Auckland’s Hannah Lawrence was the first female in 4h 54m. ANGLE With Ivan Agnew Agnew’s Mark Bowstead Photo supplied / scottiet.com cRIckeT Club demoted to second tier HOWICK Pakuranga Cricket Club’s premier team has been relegated to the minor championship for Auckland’s two-day championship. Following a 109-run defeat to Papatoetoe on Saturday, Howick Pakuranga finished last in the Hedley Howarth Trophy major championship, bumping them into the bottom six competition next year. Howick Pakuranga finished with a two-win, eight-loss record in the two-dayers. “We’re disappointed,” says coach Hayden Gardner. “We put a lot of hard work in and it didn’t quite go our way. We had a bit of bad luck through the season, but you make your own luck. “It didn’t fall our way at key moments of the season.” Howick Pakuranga hasn’t been in the minor championship since 2006/07, the first season the division was split. The proud club won promotion the same year.
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