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Supporting Petone's Finest since the very start - Iain O'Brien
Adam Wheater - Another batsman off the Essex production line
Also Supporting the All Time #1 Batsman of All Time Ever - Jacques Kallis and the much maligned Peter Siddle.
Vimes tells it how it is:
Also, Kane seems to be one of the best Limited Overs bowlers in the country.
.The last time Hamish Bennett played a home match for Canterbury, it was in pre-earthquake Christchurch on the now nonexistent Village Green at the also non-existent QEII.
A horrible back injury and a few follow-up issues have kept the big quick out of the game at the domestic level since January 2011, but now he’s back. He played in Canterbury’s 108-run thrashing of Northern Districts in Mt Maunganui on Sunday and should feature today when his side takes on Wellington at Hagley Oval.
Sunday’s big win was the first time Bennett had played alongside four of the current side.
‘‘It’s pretty good to be back on the park,’’ the 26-year-old said. ‘‘It’s been a pretty tough two years with a few up and downs.’’
He’s remained patient and positive and is now reaping the rewards for a cautious comeback.
Bennett said he’d recovered well from his six overs on Sunday and was ready to back up today. His rejuvenation gives the Wizards attack more depth and venom, which in turn has given the side its swagger back.
After poor returns in both the Twenty20 and four-day competitions, Canterbury sit second in the 50-over competition and their three wins have all been big ones.
Before Sunday’s trouncing of ND, Canterbury had beaten Otago by 106 runs and CD by 67.
They have weaved two losses with top-of-the-table Auckland into their season too, but go into today’s match full of confidence.
The top three of George Worker, Brad Cachopa and Rob Nicol have all scored big hundreds, the middle order have all reached 50 at least once and with Bennett’s return, the attack looks good.
Ryan McCone and Matt Henry have grown hugely in Bennett’s absence and with captain Andrew Ellis, spinner Ronnie Hira and allrounders Logan van Beek and Nicol able to chip in well, the side is travelling well.
Coach Gary Stead admitted there was more confidence in the side, but its feet remained firmly on the ground. And it needs to, against a dangerous Wellington side led by former Canterbury opener Michael Papps, enjoying arguably the best form of his life. Papps has innings of 162no, 154, 12, 82 and 129 in this year’s one-day competition for 539 one-day runs at 134.75 and a strike rate of 111.
Then there’s his opening partner, the sleeping batting giant of Jesse Ryder. Ryder’s yet to take an attack apart in 50-over cricket this year, but is clearly due.
Canterbury have made one change from the 12 that went to Mt Maunganui. Tom Latham has returned to the Black Caps and been replaced by Lancaster Park-Woolston all-rounder Brent Findlay while Todd Astle is still out because of a finger injury.
While its good Millmow is asking questions, and providing some analysis to provincial cricket. He is patronising.
Is the "our domestic fast bowlers.. In ref to Wellington, or NZ as a whole? Assume NZ as a whole as he uses similar language for coaches and then cites Otago coach.
In terms of being patronising. Domestic bowlers have to work a lot harder for wickets and containment than in Millmow's day. Turf management and WOFs means pitches are flat.
First time Ford Trophy played at this time of year. Usually at this time Rutherford, Raval, Woodcock etc are plundering double tons in Plunket Shield.
Criticism is fair, but some context would have been fair as well, and less patronising contempt.
Last edited by Immenso; 12-03-2013 at 04:37 PM.
Sounds like there haven't been many wickets earned tbf, just bad shots. Playing men who hit the pitch hard on this Hagley wicket will require all the courage and pluck Wellington sides are famous for.
2_023_06 - YouTube
Andrew Mathieson, he is pretty highly rated on here, but from what I have seen on tv and in the flesh, doesnt seem to have much pace at all. With the speed gun on didn't hit 130k in his second spell, and was 137k at his peak in his first. taking alot of tap so far in the one dayers also.
141 was the fastest I saw from Mathieson. His pitch map would be one of the worst in the comp; whether due to completely naive strategy or lack of control (bowling short again and again to Ryder while he camped on the back foot, etc.).
This isn't the worst compilation though for a guy in his rookie season, and I think Howsie's right that he should've never been missing out on FC experience to ****ing Hiini.
"At a Glance" | Andrew Mathieson - YouTube
Something looks a bit funny about his action. Seems like he gets a bit "stuck" in the crease ala Darren Sammy, there's plenty of potential for him to add a few clicks
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