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The Northern Territory news Sat 22 Dec 2012



The Northern Territory news Sat 22 Dec 2012

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52 NT NEWS. Saturday, December 22, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 2 -D E C -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 5 2 C O L O R : C M Y K 1080127v7FOOTROT FLATS SPORT l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l ntnews.com.au Roof hit will now be six BIG Bash League officials have changed the rules for Etihad Stadium after Melbourne Renegades skipper Aaron Finch was denied a certain six by the roof on Wednesday. Under the new rules, if the ball hits the permanent section of the roof, which Finch struck during the win over the Hobart Hurricanes, it will be a six. If the roof is closed and the retractable section is hit, it will still be a dead ball, because that section is within the field of play. But any other part of the roof will count for six. No one wants to see an incredible piece of skill, such as Aaron Finchs shot on Wednesday night, go unrewarded, the BBLs Anthony Everard said. NHL cancelsmore games The NHL could be one step away from cancelling another hockey season because of a labour fight with the players. In the latest round of cancellations, the NHLwiped out all games through to January 14. More than 50 percent of the schedule has been lost. I dont want to characterise what todays cancellations mean or dont mean, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. I will stand on the announcement that was made. So far, 625 games have been called off. Leilua to serveNRL ban AXED Sydney Roosters centre BJ Leiluawill have to sit out the first four matches of next years NRL season, regardless of which club he signs for. The ARLC announced it will impose a condition on any contract submitted for Leilua that he cannot play until after Round 4. The ban is in response to Leilua being found guilty of sending a naked photo of his ex-girlfriend to her brother and best friend, and being placed on a one-year good behaviour bond. Malinga helps out Lankans SRI Lanka did turn to super-slinger Lasith Malinga but only for advice on theMCGwicket as opener Tillakaratne Dilshan ruled out any chance of a Test comeback for the speedster. Malinga spent timewith the Sri Lankan bowlers in theMCG nets yesterday. When he plays one-day cricket for us he is always having a chat to the bowlers, hes a leader for the Sri Lankan team, Dilshan said. He plays here, and he might knowwhat is happeningwith thewicket. Starc busting to continue CRICKET By CHRISTIANNICOLUSSI AS FAST bowlers keep falling down around him, Mitchell Starc says theres no real secret to why hes one of the last few still standing. Australias cricket hierarchy plans to keep it that way by resting the tall leftarmer in one of the remaining two Tests to try to prevent Starc from joining a long injury list. Starc is doing everything he can to play the two biggest matches of the summer, on Boxing Day in Melbourne and his first home Test in Sydney, but his workload in Hobart, where Ben Hilfenhaus broke down, will see the 22-year-old make way for Jackson Bird. While Starc admits no fast bowler is 100 per cent fit at any given time, there were a few things that had helped him survive. I do my ice baths after the game, I make sure I do my gym session when I need to, and getting enough sleep is another good one, Starc said. Ive learnt from the past how to get through little niggles. Little things always come up. No bowler in the world is 100 per cent (fit) at any given time, Ill guarantee you that. Fast bowling isnt what the body is made for. As you age and play more games, you learn how to get through little things that really arent anything in the end. Ive had plenty of injuries in the past but Ive had a good run now for 18 months. Im just making sure I get my body up and right to go every game, and hopefully that run can keep going. Starc and Peter Siddle were forced to up their workload in Hobart this week when Hilfenhaus broke down in the first innings. Together they powered through nearly 60 overs in the second innings to take nine wickets and steer Australia to a 137-run triumph over Sri Lanka. The 22-year-old Starc pointed out despite the herculean effort, he was still able to nudge 145km/h deep into day five of the Test. He added Siddle had been the heart and soul of the pace attack, and even found time to mentor him in the first innings. We had a few things to talk about in the first innings where he suggested a few things with my bowling, Starc said. NT trio named in best TERRITORY cricket trio Patrick Pisel, Ned Gaynor and Lachlan Griffiths have earned selection in the Team of the National Under17 Championships. Opener Pisel hit 264 runs at 44.00, headlined by his superb 160 against ACT. Wicketkeeper Gaynor took 14 catches in five games and impressed with his glovework to both pace and spin bowling. Paceman Griffiths was the championships leading wicket-taker with 18 wickets at 14.50, highlighted by a best of 5-25 from 13 overs in the victory against South Australia. Territory under-17 coach Rob Elliott said the trios recognition could not have been more deserved. Pat played a couple of excellent innings and was the championships second top run-scorer, Elliott said. Lachlan took the most wickets and did a fine job as our opening bowler, while Ned finished with the top amount of dismissals. Elliott said the Territory representation highlighted a solid fifth-place finish, highlighted by wins over Western Australia and South Australia. Attention now turns to the under-19 championships in Adelaide next month. GREGORMACTAGGARTMelbourne Stars captain Shane Warne reacts as Sydney Sixers rival Brad Haddin gets the ball away last night Picture: WAYNE LUDBEY Malinga, Warne in command SCORE MELBOURNESTARS6-177 (G Maxwell 82, B Hodge 51, P Handscomb 11no, CWhite 10; I Moran 3-30, B Lee 2-25) d SYDNEYSIXERS 5-156 (S OKeefe 42, B Haddin 39, DL Smith 32, S Smith 13no; SWarne 2-32, L Malinga 1-18) by 21 runs at theMCG. MELBOURNE Stars glamour pair Shane Warne and Lasith Malinga made a difficult Sydney Sixers run-chase impossible as the home side notched a third-straight Big Bash League win last night. Glenn Maxwell (82 off 50 balls) and Brad Hodge (51 off 33) set up the 21-run victory by blasting the first century stand of the BBL season to propel their side to 6-177. Malinga (1-18 off four overs) and Warne (2-32 off four) then delivered the knock-out blows in front of a crowd of 14,260 at the MCG. Sri Lankan speedster Malinga, who earlier in the series took record figures of 6-7, again proved himself the competitions most difficult bowler to handle, with Sixers captain Brad Haddin in no doubt he was the difference. He showed why hes No. 1 in the world tonight, Haddin said. With the Sixers needing to score heavily, Malinga conceded two runs off his first over and three off his second, which sent the required runrate sky-rocketing.