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Sunday Territorian 1 Mar 2015



Sunday Territorian 1 Mar 2015


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SUNDAY MARCH 1 2015 SPORT 61 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Red Centre making a pitch for more elite matches FROM BACK PAGE NT Cricket CEO Troy Watson said he hopes to bring more elite cricket to Traeger Park soon. The important thing of having it here is that it keeps Traeger Park in the minds of Cricket Australia and the other state and territories cricket associations that it is premier cricket facility and it should be high on their list, Watson said. Watson said future games at the centre didnt have to be the Bushrangers again playing home games in Alice Springs, explaining that NT Cricket had a strong relationship with the cricket bodies in South Australia and Queensland also. We are constantly meeting and discussing issues with scheduling and the like, Watson said. We are always happy to put our hand up to offer our venues as locations for good cricket. We got very good feedback from the Chairmans XI game last year so we are on the radar with that sort of stuff and this puts us in the mind of three more state and territory associations that this is a premier venue. Watson said Cricket Victoria had put a lot of faith into bringing two home games to Central Australia and had been rewarded for doing so. We have had very few complaints they are pretty happy with the facilities, Watson said. I have had no negative feedback whatsoever. South Australia visited the Red Centre in November 2009 for a domestic 50 over clash against the Bulls. The Redbacks have picked up a number of Territorians in recent time including Australian fast-bowler Kane Richardson as well as emerging players Akash Patel, Tom Andrews, Luke Robins and Joel Logan. Alice Springs cricketer Ben Ellis was rushed into the Queensland side as 13th man after a hand injury sidelined Bulls speedster Simon Malenko during the Shield match at Traeger Park Picture: PHIL WILLIAMS Philipson spins way to record MICHAEL Philipson became the first off-spinner to take seven wickets in an innings for Queensland during day three of his sides Sheffield Shield clash with Victoria in Alice Springs on Friday. The previous best was 6-14 by William Hoare in Queenslands first ever first-class match, against NSW at the Exhibition Ground in 1892-93. Bulls leggie Cameron Boyce warned pre-match his spin twin Philipson was more than just a part-timer. And the third-gamer proved himself on Friday picking up his first Sheffield Shield five-wicket haul. Philipson said on Thursday his side needed early wickets on day three to claw their way back into the match. And the 28-year-old the younger brother of former Bulls batsman Craig Philipson was just the spark they needed, grabbing all four remaining wickets to finish with career-best figures of 7-107. The previous best in a Sheffield Shield match was 6-65 by Graham Whyte against Western Australia at the Gabba in 1976-77. Philipson also became the first Queenslander since Nathan Hauritz (5-135 against Victoria in 2012-13) to take five wickets in an innings. The last state player to take seven bowling just off-spin was Greg Matthews 7-99 NSW versus Tasmania in 1993-94. Philipson also made handy contributions of 39 and 37 respectively with the bat, earning man-of-the-match honours in the innings-and-14-run defeat. By JORDAN McARDLE Bens bullish about lucky 13 GAPVIEW Works captain Ben Ellis almost did a Luke Pomersbach. If you dont know the backstory, the West Australian batsman Pomersbach rolled up to the WACA ground in 2007 to watch a T20 game between Australia and New Zealand and ended up making his debut for his country. Australian middle-order batsman Brad Hodge injured his back while bending over to pull on his pants and with no suitable replacements, Pomersbach was pulled from the grandstand and told to chuck the pads on. He hit a six on his way to 15 from seven balls as the Aussies won. The 20-year-old Ellis, a carpenter by trade was working away on Thursday afternoon until his phone rung. Queensland all-rounder Simon Milenko had just broken two parts of his hand and the Bulls needed a substitute fielder and drinks carrier. As a good tradie does in an emergency, Ellis downed tools and raced to Alice Springss Traeger Park. Bulls all-rounder Jason Floros was their selected 12th man so he fielded in Malenkos place but Ellis warmed up with the Bulls on day three of the game and was the chief hydration officer in the hot Central Australian conditions. I got the chance to get out there with blokes that have played for Australia and potentially have the chance to play cricket for Australia, Ellis said. It is good to see the next level of cricket I got to warm up with them on Friday morning, I didnt drop a catch, which helps. Ellis, the Wapper medallist from last season has been one of the premier players in the Alice Springs Cricket Association this time around too, averaging almost 50 with the bat and taking 20 wickets. By JORDAN GERRANS NT Cricket CEO Troy Watson For all the latest news, scores and highlights, visit SHIELD IN ALICE 2014/15 Sheffield Shield Victoria v Tasmania TIO Traeger Park March 13-16 Ferrer topples Tomic in Mexico BERNARD Tomic has been beaten by second-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer in the quarter-finals of the Mexican Open in Acapulco. The Australian was defeated by world No.9 Ferrer 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 at the hardcourt tournament yesterday. Tomic has been in solid if not spectacular form over the past month since his exit at the round-of-16 stage of the Aus tralian Open, reaching the quarters at the Memphis Open and the semi-finals at Delray Beach in Florida last week. Ferrer was to face Ryan Harrsion in the semi-finals after the American upset big-serving Croatian Ivo Karlovic, following on from his victory over defending champion and world No.10 Grigor Dimitrov in the second round. The other semi-final pitted top seed Kei Nishikori against towering South African Kevin Anderson. Top-seeded Maria Sharapova, of Russia, withdrew yesterday before her Mexico Open semi-final against Caroline Garcia, of France, because of a stomach virus. The third-seeded Garcia was to face fifth-seeded Timea Bacsinszky, of Switzerland, in the hard-court final. Djokovic and Federers Dubai clash TOP-SEEDED Novak Djokovic faced defending champion Roger Federer in the final of the Dubai Championships overnight after a three-set semi-final win over Tomas Berdych. Djokovic, who had a set and a service break lead in the match, eventually beat the fourth-seeded Berdych 6-0, 5-7, 6-4. Despite the lead, Djokovic started making too many errors 48 unforced errors in all to allow Berdych back into the match. You dont expect anything less than hard work against someone who has been a top 10 player for many years, Djokovic said. Berdych had reached the final in the last two years, losing out to Djokovic in 2013 and Federer in 2014. Federer secured his passage to the final with a 6-2, 6-1 win over lucky loser Borna Coric, of Croatia. Despite having is serve broken in the first set, Federer had little trouble ending Corics magical week in Dubai. Federer or Djokovic have won the Dubai title 10 of the last 12 years. Federer has won six times and Djokovic is looking for his fifth victory.