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The Northern Territory news Wed 25 May 2016



The Northern Territory news Wed 25 May 2016

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44 SPORT WEDNESDAY MAY 25 2016 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 DRY Season Sixers in Darwin kicks off for 2016 season tonight. The Dry Season Sixers female social competition returns to Marrara Cricket Ground as a six-a-side competition designed for females of all ages and abilities. The competition uses modified rules and equipment designed to encourage participation with a focus on getting involved in the game of cricket while exercising with friends and enjoying a relaxed atmosphere. Northern Territory cricket encourages both individual and team registrations. The 2016 Dry Season Sixers hits off from 5.30pm at Marrara Cricket Ground For further information and to register, please contact Cassie Langford at NT Cricket on 8944 8900 or cassie.langford@ntcricket.com.au Dry Season 6s starts tonight CHRIS Rogers, Ian Chappell and Andrew Flintoff have earned the scorn of Chris Gayle in the controversial West Indian cricketers new book. The trio were each critical of Gayles comments to reporter Mel McLaughlin in last summers Big Bash League, but now the self-titled World Boss has hit back in his book, Six Machine: I Dont Like Cricket... I Love It. Gayle claimed Rogers was just as bad as him, despite the fact the former Australian opener told the ABC in January that he was concerned about the influence the West Indian might have on youngsters when they played together at the Sydney Thunder. Gayle also said you would have to ban cricket itself if the ICC followed through on Chappells requests to have him removed from the sport. Ian Chappell, a man who was once convicted of unlawful assault in the West Indies for punching a cricket official, Gayle said. Meanwhile, Flintoff tweeted after the infamous dont blush baby remarks to say that Gayle had made himself look a bit of a chop there comments Gayle didnt take too kindly to. INJURY-PRONE quick Nathan Coulter-Nile is set for his long-awaited Test debut on Australias looming tour of Sri Lanka. Coulter-Nile is joined in the 15-man squad by fellow paceman Jackson Bird and NSW allrounder Moises Henriques, who last played Test cricket more than three years ago. Gayle comes out swinging Lifeline for Coulter-Nile Stephen OKeefe won the second spinning spot for the three-Test tour in July-August. Leading paceman Mitchell Starc, to make his international comeback from ankle surgery next month in one-dayers in the West Indies, also returns to a squad missing Peter Siddle (back) and Chadd Sayers from the most recent Test tour, of New Zealand last February. Batsmen Shaun Marsh and Joe Burns feature and WAs express paceman Coulter-Nile, who has been on the fringes of selection but hampered by injury, could debut at the age of 28. Coulter-Nile will compete for a spot with Tasmanian quick Bird, who has been favoured for the forecast low and slow Lankan conditions. Jackson Bird and Nathan Coulter-Nile will give us good control and pace, chairman of selectors Rod Marsh said. Jackson had an impressive Sheffield Shield season and showed skill with reverse swing in the last Test match in New Zealand earlier this year. NSW captain Henriques, who scored two 50s in his three Tests all in India in 2013 was recalled as selectors sought another allrounder option alongside Mitchell Marsh. He plays and adapts well to spin-friendly conditions, Rod Marsh said of Henriques. He has been working hard with his fitness and we believe he is in prime condition to serve us well should he be selected. Spinner OKeefe is in the frame to add to his two Tests, in support of frontliner Nathan Lyon. The three-Test series starts in Kandy on July 26. STEVE LARKIN TEST SQUAD Australian Squad - Test tour of Sri Lanka: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (v/c), Jackson Bird, Joe Burns, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Peter Nevill, Stephen OKeefe, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges A N O T H E R o u t s t a n d i n g bowling display sealed the three-game series for the Northern Territory Strike over a disappointing Kenya at Marrara. The hosts overcame a tight loss in the first game on Friday to win well in game two on Sunday and again stun the African nation in the culmination of the three match series. It was the spin bowling of Luke Shelton and Sohan Boralessa that delivered the win on Coach hopes Africans can reach the dizzy heights of 2003 KENYAN cricket coach Thomas Odoyo knows what it takes to be one win away from a World Cup Final. The Kenya side he is now coaching has spent the past week in the Top End and he feels it has the potential to reach Kenyas 2003 heroics in South Africa. Odoyo, who opened the bowling in that famous 2003 World Cup semi-final loss to India, believes there is a realistic chance his nation can push towards the pinnacle at the World Cup in 2019 after a decade in the wilderness. But first they will need to beat Papua New Guinea in their third round ICC World Cricket League match later this month to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in 2018 and subsequently, the chance to qualify for ICC Cricket World Cup in 19. I think we are on the right path, the cricket we have been playing of late is more consistent, Odoyo told the NT News. These boys that have played in Darwin have played together for a while and it helps a lot knowing each others strengths and starting to understand how to win games. The likes of our captain Rakep Patel who has a great cricket brain, youngsters in Nelson Odhiambo, Shem Ngoche and Gurdeep Singh are showing promise. They may have been thrown in the deep end too early but they are maturing now. At international level, you need mature cricketers . experienced is needed to take you forward. While the 38-year-old says the domestic cricket in Africa is strong, he feels his squad may need to look to play club cricket in Australia or England to continue to improve their game and learn to play tough cricket. Kenyas matches against PNG in Port Moresby will be the first international ICC global cricket matches to be hosted in the country on May 28 and 30. JORDAN GERRANS Friday, they played a key-role again yesterday, but the Strikes quicks set up the game three victory. The home-side recovered from some early distress to post 248 and then skittle the Kenyans for just 167. Southern Districts quick Josh Dunning claimed the early wickets of Dhiren Gondaria (3) and Collins Obuya (1). Young Darwin tearaway Aaron Summers softened up Irfan Karim (17) with a shortpitched barrage before having him caught-behind. Borelessa (2-43) opened the bowling and knocked over Maurice Ouma (12) before Shelton ran out Kenyan skipper Rakep Patel to leave the tourists 6-66. The tail provided some late hitting for the Kenyans before Hamish Martin finished them off. Strike skipper Ben Wakim was pleased with the way the squad fought back after losing game one. We were one down after Friday, we had our backs against the wall but we dug deep and played some good cricket in the final two games, Wakim told the NT News. I thought Summers bowled really well, he hit the deck hard, and Dunning set the tone for us. It was pleasing to see them perform as it was their first game of the series each. This series has been great for Northern Territory cricket to have this opportunity to play against Kenya. After Wakim won the toss and decided to bat, young Kenyan quick Lucas Oluch took three quick Territory toporder wickets to have the hosts reeling at 4-53 with Alex Ross (6), Josh Hoffman (16) and Brad Schmulian (3) gone cheaply. Wakim and Adi Dhadhwal, two of the best performed batsmen in the Darwin and District cricket competition this season, came together after Shelton (17) was removed to begin the revival. The in-form duo put on 120 for the sixth wicket Wakim scored 94 while Dhadwal made 60 . NT Strike batter Brad Schmuliand plays a defensive shot during the match against Kenya Picture: IVAN RACHMAN Deadly Strike bowlers skittle brittle Kenya SCOREBOARD NORTHERN TERRITORY 248(B Wakim 94, A Dhadwal 60, L Oluoch 4-34) d KENYA 167 (S Ngoche 41, J Dunning 3-19, H Martin 2-29).

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