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www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Thursday, March 28, 2013 --- 31 33 Wellington St Howick 534 4975 120482 WINZ Quotes Welcome BEAUREPAIRES HOWICK WINNER OF THE TIMES NEWSPAPERS' HOWICK COURTESY AWARD FOR TWO YEARS RUNNING! We are the first to achieve this) TIME TO RETYRE? Come & see us in Howick HOWICK TYRES & ALIGNMENT trading as Beaurepaires Howick HOWICK TYRES & ALIGNMENT trading as Beaurepaires Howick COMETH the hour, cometh the man. And Peter Fulton’s considerable bulk ﬁlled the void beautifully in his heroic third cricket test role in almost lead- ing New Zealand to glory against mighty England at Eden Park on Tuesday. In becoming the fourth Black Cap to score two centuries (136 and 110) in one test behind Glenn Turner, Geoff Howarth and Andrew Jones, Fulton was mag- niﬁcent in ﬁlling the opening batsman void left vacant since the retirement of Mark Richardson. Like Richardson, the 34-year- old Fulton has achieved his suc- cess in this series by limiting his repertoire of shots and offering a straight bat to the best the English could throw at him. When you consider the class of pace bowlers James Anderson, Steve Finn and Stuart Broad, Ful- ton’s feat was truly stupendous. That he should free his arms to blast several glorious sixes in his second innings 110 was the icing on the cake as England ﬁeldsmen covered the boundaries in vain. That skipper Brendon McCul- lum should hammer an unbeaten 67 not out to record his 28th test half-century made it that much sweeter. With Fulton’s fellow opener Hamish Rutherford scoring a big century on debut in the ﬁrst test at Dunedin, the hope is that New Zealand’s top order worries are over. Add McCullum to the mix in his rightful place as a dynamic mid- dle-order batsman and the future looks a lot brighter than it did in South Africa a few months ago when they were cannon fodder. It looked like it might happen again in the latest test when they were reeling at 8-3, with Ruther- ford (0), Kane Williamson (1) and Ross Taylor (3) unable to repeat their previous heroics. That was when Fulton showed true grit and application to steer New Zealand to 241 declared to leave England a daunting 481 sec- ond innings run chase to secure an unlikely victory. It has been an amazing turna- round since the despair of the South African test series debacle against the best pace attack on the planet. For that the selectors deserve credit for introducing Fulton and Rutherford, dropping McCullum down the batting order and giving spinner Bruce Martin his long-awaited chance. Williamson looks a good ﬁt at No 3 and Taylor showed glimpses of his class after taking a while to regain his touch following his self- imposed lay-off. Add Dean Brown- lie, McCullum and wicketkeeper BJ Watling and the batting does have genuine depth when patience and discipline are applied. The bowling of pace men Tim Southee and Trent Boult has also been outstanding and should improve with the addition of either Mitchell McClenaghan or Doug Bracewell when they’re ﬁt for action. Aggressive left-armer McClenaghan was a revelation in the shorter form of the game and is more penetrative than the big- hearted Neil Wagner. Bracewell, the star of a test win against Australia in Hobart little over a year ago, has yet to recapture that form. However, he remains a good prospect and has age on his side. That the Black Caps have per- formed so well without the big- hitting Jesse Ryder is proof that they do, indeed, have depth few suspected before a frustrated world No 2 England discovered there was still ﬁght in a dog that belied its lowly No 8 status. Still fight in the old dog Agnew's Angle TITLE RELINQUISHED: Defending champions Botany Downs Secondary (BDSC) and Saint Kentigern Colleges finished fifth and sixth respectively in last week's Baseball NZ national secondary school champs. BDSC's Zac Peterson and St Kent's Jordan Hosking were named in the all-tournament team. From left, Josh McGregor, Taiki Izutsu (both BDSC), Bernard Charles and Joshua Wechsler (St Kent's). More news and sports photos at www.times.co.nz. Times photos Wayne Martin SELINA GODDARD Times photo Wayne Martin Goddard to go one better THE “top-drawer” bowls on display in the south-east continues this week as Pakuranga Bowling Club plays host to the cream of New Zealand’s under-20 ranks. Last week, the Trans Tasman test series, featuring open, development and under-18 teams from New Zealand and Australia, was held at Howick Bowling Club. The New Zealand under-18 men were the only team to win their series, as Australia claimed ﬁve of the six titles on the line. “It’s fantastic to have this competition and be able to play against a team that sets the bar high,” says national head coach Dave Edwards. “It shows us what we need to work on to stay at the top level.” Howick’s Selina Goddard played triples and fours in the NZ under-18 girls’ squad. Starting this Friday, the 18-year-old competes in the Kittyhawks national under-20 singles tournament at Pakuranga Bowls. She ﬁnished runner-up to Holly McIlroy, who is back to defend her title, in last year’s ﬁnal. Goddard’s former Howick College playing partner and last year’s plate winner Siobhan Archer is also rolling up, as are fellow national under-18 reps Nicole Toomey, Tayla Bruce, and Katelyn Inch. The boys’ 2012 winner, Monte Pawa, of Kaitaia, is competing for consecutive titles. The Kittyhawks is the only event on the Bowls NZ calendar played under the sets format used at Commonwealth Games. The ﬁrst of seven rounds starts at 8.30am on Friday with post-section play under way on Sunday morning.
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