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www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Thursday, January 23, 2014 --- 23 Phone 534 6864 Email: email@example.com Services: Sun 7.30am & 9.30am Wednesday 10am www.allsaintshowick.org.nz GBR088 9 Rylock Pl, Pakuranga www.advancechurch.co.nz or call 027 348 7995. God bless, Pastors Jason & Michelle Smith CD185085 CD174487 CD177157 Howick Presbyterian Church St Andrew's Church Centre Cnr Vincent St & Ridge Rd, Howick www.howpres.org.nz Sunday, January 26 9.30am Morning Worship Phone 535-4403 CD152726 CD188445 H8A071 F64081 SUNDAY, JAN 26 Christian LINK Looking for a church home? One Lord One Faith One People Sunday morning 9.30am (with children's programme) Sunday evening service 6pm Youth Group every Friday 7.30pm Cnr Wellington & Picton Sts Phone 534-5142 CD129660 HAVING beaten world No 1 In- dia by 24 runs in the ﬁrst ODI cricket thriller in Napier last Sunday, New Zealand showed they can be a genuine force far beyond their lowly eighth-ranked status. While that win was a huge conﬁ- dence booster, the Black Caps saw enough of Virat Kohli and Mahen- dra Singh Dhoni’s class to realise the danger the highly favoured Indians pose. Both have amazing ODI averages above 50 and Kohli’s near faultless 123 was that of a master batsman at the peak of his powers. That burly Mitchell McClena- ghan should dismiss both Kohli and Dhoni when they threat- ened to overcome New Zealand’s 292 to ﬁnish with four wickets for 68, demonstrated once again what a match-winner the Howick Pakuranga star has become. True, he can be expensive at times. But 46 ODI wickets during his brief stint on the international scene proves what a genuine strike force he is. Having registered a fastest ball at 153.4kph before limping off with a side strain, 21-year-old seamer Adam Milne remains an exciting prospect. However, I’m not convinced he’s a better world cup option than swing bowler Trent Boult, who performed so well in the test series against the West Indies but failed to be named in the ODI squad. Undoubtedly Milne has tremen- dous potential but he needs to be handled carefully and I’d like to see him produce more toe-crunch- ing yorkers. With Kane Williamson (71) and Ross Taylor (55) forming a patient and sensible partnership following the swift demise of Martin Guptill (8) and Jesse Ryder (18), the stage was set for the big guns to blast the Indian bowling. They did that with Corey Ander- son scoring a magniﬁcent unbeaten 68, topped by a 122-metre six over the grandstand into the car park, and Brendon McCullum and Luke Ronchi scoring quick-ﬁre 30s, Ronchi’s 30 coming from 18 balls. With Anderson taking two for 51 from his 10 overs to prove what a valuable allrounder he is, much credit for the Black Caps bowling success had to go to the brilliance of their ﬁelders, with the McCul- lum brothers, Tim Southee and wicketkeeper Ronchi outstanding. With print deadlines requir- ing this column be written before Wednesday’s second ODI match in Hamilton, I expect the proud Indi- ans will have come back strongly in their effort to avenge their ﬁrst loss on tour. Nevertheless, having gained conﬁdence from their Napier vic- tory, this is a Black Caps team with serious ﬁrepower, especially if Guptill can regain his old form. Rarely has the top seven bats- men been better balanced, with Williamson and Taylor smart players who offer stability to the strike power of Ryder, McCullum, Anderson and Ronchi. Meanwhile, having done won- ders for the Wellington Phoenix since being handed Ricki Herbert’s coaching job, all that remains to put New Zealand football back on the right track is to give the talented Scot Ernie Merrick the national job too. The Phoenix’s 5-0 Cake Tin win against the highly regarded Mel- bourne Victory, starring Carlos Hernandez and Albert Riera, pro- duced exhilarating football, so dif- ferent to the stodgy stuff their loyal fans had to suffer during Herbert’s reign. Hopefully more will return to cheer them on in their bid to make the A-League play-offs after Mer- rick has shown fans that enterpris- ing play can also be entertaining winning football. Black Caps show their class Agnew's Angle ENJOYING RESPONSIBILITY: Captaincy obviously sits well with Howick Pakuranga's PJ Cairns, left, after the stand-in skipper scored 62 runs from 63 balls and took 4-18 with his off-spinners against Papatoetoe at Lloyd Elsmore Park last Saturday. Howick Pakuranga won the 50-over match by 154 runs. Left from centre, Dale Phillips and Matthew Rowlay. Photos supplied / NZSportPix.com OFFLOAD: Pakuranga's Linford Hanipale draws two College Rifles defenders. Photo supplied / NZSportPix.com Ranga rusty in sevens ARDMORE Marist is the ﬁfth different team to win Pakuranga United’s annual rugby sevens tournament as victory eluded the home club again last Saturday. Pakuranga has hosted the competition since 2010, but this year was the ﬁrst as national champions after winning the Middlesex County Wavell Wakeﬁeld Cup last February. With at least six front-line players missing from the champion squad, Pakuranga lost to eventual winners Ardmore Marist and fellow ﬁnalists College Riﬂes in pool play. Wins over Tongan team Siutaka and Waitemata qualiﬁed Pakuranga for a plate semi-ﬁnal, which it lost to Karaka. “We were very rusty and a bit lethargic and our one-on-one tackling was quite miserable,” says Pakuranga sevens coach Jason McLean. Ardmore Marist overturned a 14-33 pool play defeat to College Riﬂes to win the ﬁnal 26-12. Pakuranga heads to the Mt Maunganui club sevens tournament this Sunday before defending its national title next month. “We didn’t really bond well as a team, so that’s what we’re working hard on this week,” says McLean.
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