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    Listened to Deaker on Sunday on why NZ is better at rugby than cricket. He passed by the fact that more people play rugby and went straight to the coaching. Reckoned that rugby coaching at all levels is phenomenal. Reckons that cricket coaching is patchy.

    From what little exposure I had to rep cricket (only went to the trials as a youth) you did start to get good coaching if you could make the rep teams. But if you were playing high school cricket or for your intermediate it was all dependent on how good your teacher was at coaching which was always hit and miss.
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    I got great enjoyment in going to the game and shouting "WHY THE **** ISN'T THIS GAME BEING PLAYED AT THE BASIN?!>!?!?" to reasonably significant cheers from the sparse crowd
    Proudly against the bring back Bennett movement since he is injury prone and won't last 5 days.

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    @louvincent78 1134 games 718.5 hotels 834 planes 57 teams 3 punch ups 1 proud career 5pm 18th Feb 2013 I'm pulling stumps. Thank you all x
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    give 21yo smith a break. bradmans figures for his first few tests were comparable.....

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    One of the great characters. Hope he enjoys his future.
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    Jeets doesn't really deserve to be bowling.
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    Well yeah Tendy is probably better than Bradman, but Bradman was 70 years ago, if he grew up in the modern era he'd still easily be the best. Though he wasn't, can understand the argument for Tendy even though I don't agree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flem274* View Post
    One of the great characters. Hope he enjoys his future.
    Loved it when they mic'd him up in the HRV game

    "So Hoppy can I have a bowl"
    Camera looks at Hoppy who looks pissed off with the question
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    leaves more room for a greg hay return though!
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    Anyone else slightly shocked he can count past 50?
    Direbirds FTW!

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    Wellington will win the whole thing next year. Mark my words.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flem274* View Post
    Auckland are going to have a packed middle order next season. Both Cachopa's, Kitchen, Hakaraia, Hopkins, de Boorder, Munro and CdG all vying for spots in that 3-7 area. I think they're going to lose one of those players to another side.

    Auckland might be dire atm but they've exported a lot of FC standard players around the country. Every domestic side has at least one Aucklander on their roster and Canterbury and CD have 3.
    They should just recruit Phil ****ing Mustard

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    It's always sad to see a player you grew up watching retire. Good luck to him for whatever he decides to do with the rest of his life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athlai View Post
    Anyone else slightly shocked he can count past 50?
    I don't think he can. How do you stay at half a hotel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flem274* View Post
    One of the great characters. Hope he enjoys his future.
    Ditto. All the best Lou. And this will long live in my memory.

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    Tim Southee vs. Brodie / Pollard / Boam - YouTube

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    Fourth equates to failure, say Firebirds

    LAST, second-last or fourth – none of Wellington’s potential Plunket Shield finishes will delight them in the slightest.

    ‘‘It’s a disappointing campaign. If we’d been offered fourth at the start of the season we’d have said no,’’ Wellington’s director of cricket Robbie Kerr said.

    It could end up being worse than fourth by the time stumps are drawn in their clash with second-placed Otago, which begins at the Basin Reserve tomorrow.

    Either way, it’s the imminent start of the domestic one-day competition that’s become the priority. Wellington’s summer has promised a bit, but so far second in the Twenty20 competition is all they have to show for it.

    ‘‘We’ve shown this year we’re a better short format side than the longer format, so we’re very keen and hopeful we’ll have a competitive team,’’ said Kerr.
    A groin strain means Jesse Ryder is a doubtful starter for tomorrow’s Plunket Shield match, but will open the batting when the one-day tournament starts on February 26.
    Beyond Ryder, Kerr indicated not too many names were set in stone.

    That’s partly because of the two national teams due to be named in the coming days.
    The New Zealand XI to meet England in a four-day game at Queenstown, starting on February 27, is expected to be announced today, with the full test side revealed on Sunday.

    Kerr felt James Franklin, Grant Elliott, Jeetan Patel, Mark Gillespie and Luke Ronchi were the Firebirds in contention for one or both of those teams, which would obviously dictate who Wellington had to choose from.

    If Patel’s a Firebird, he’d form part of a three-pronged spin attack with Luke Woodcock and Mark Houghton.

    Kerr said he’d be ‘‘extremely surprised’’ if Ronchi wasn’t required for the NZ XI and suggested the wicketkeeper batsman should be a Black Cap too.

    ‘‘I believe he’s the best keeper in the country. He’s a magnificent gloveman.

    ‘‘Brendon McCullum and BJ Watling are outstanding fielders in their own right, so that would be the logical thing to do.’’
    Shield hopes alive for Central Stags

    YOU don’t need to tell Jamie How how rare it is for Central Districts to be in a position like this.

    The 31-year-old’s Plunket Shield career dates back to 2000 and in that time he’s never known the joy of lifting domestic cricket’s premier trophy.

    The closest the opening batsman came was the summer of 2005-06. How was CD captain that season, but missed their 113-run win over Wellington in the decider because he was on a New Zealand tour of South Africa.

    There was another final in April 2009, but Auckland were five-wicket winners over CD that time round.

    The days of finals are gone, but CD are set to play in what amounts to one when they meet Northern Districts at Nelson, starting tomorrow. The Stags lead the Plunket Shield by nine points over Otago and need to win to ensure they claim the New Zealand first-class title for just the eighth time.

    How was at pains to point out that nothing’s been won yet. The Stags might lead going into the last round, but there are no prizes for that.

    Still, when pressed, How did concede a certain satisfaction at seeing the team get this far.
    ‘‘We haven’t traditionally done that well in four-day cricket. In my time we’ve been stronger at the limited overs versions of the game and we appreciate how hard it is to win any four-day game, let alone a championship,’’ How said.

    On paper this would seem an unlikely CD side to be contending for this title and How was prepared to acknowledge that he might have played in some Stags teams that boasted bigger names with more runs on the board.

    ‘‘It’s pretty hard to compare. Obviously the results of this team speak for themselves,’’ he said.

    ‘‘But, yeah, I think it’s probably a fair assessment. Maybe this is a team that’s on the rise, where someone like Carl Cachopa could be a Black Cap in the not too distant future.
    ‘‘The old dog like Skip [Mathew Sinclair] is still there and the young pups like Will Young, so there’s a good little spread of youth and experience and it’s been a good squad performance up till now.’’

    How rattled off the names of Andrew Lamb, Andrew Mathieson, Ajaz Patel and Tarun Nethula to illustrate his point. None are world beaters yet, but they’ve all bowled well in support when spearheads Adam Milne and Doug Bracewell have been available.

    The other critical component in getting this far has been team spirit. If you’re Palmerston Northbased like How, you can go a whole season without actually playing in your home town, and spending that much time on the road does shorten a few fuses.

    ‘‘That’s usually the barometer of our dressing [room] – the wins. When things don’t go so well things can quickly turn to custard.’’

    How misses a few of the familiar faces he came into first-class cricket with but said the enthusiasm, and occasional naivety, of his younger team-mates kept him on his toes. Besides, in manager and assistant coach Lance Hamilton, there’s always someone eager to relive the good old days.

    ‘‘We try to ensure that the young guys appreciate what’s gone before them and even if they don’t want to hear them, the old Stags’ stories get shoved down their throat a bit.’’
    This week that includes being reminded how infrequently opportunities to win the four-day title come around.

    ‘‘Any first-class cricketer would admit that those are the ones they treasure when they hang up their boots. As Skip would say, it’s a war of nutrition,’’ How joked at the expense of his long-time teammate.

    ‘‘It’s a season-long process and we’ve had many years of not being in contention, so to get to the end and still be in the hunt makes it a lot easier to strap on your boots.’’
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    Southee really bringing out some Suckstillian length blindness and early committing from Boam there, isn't he. "I just thought I made him my bitch, without reward".

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    Wheater exits the Plunket Shield, cursing its name. Auckland's Cam Fletcher gets a gig ahead of Gadsdon or Seifert.

    I've been asked to make an Andrew Mathieson CricX profile video btw Howsie! If you've been in the vault and seen him lidding anyone, let me know the spell.
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    what a beauty at 2:04 and the next 10 or so deliveries

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    also, is that reverse swing at 3:30 onwards?



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