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www.ntnews.com.au Northern Territory News, Saturday, January 23, 2010 83 P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 3 -J A N -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 8 3 C O L O R : K CONTACT Anne: 0432 151 320 firstname.lastname@example.org ANSETT BASKETBALL CLUB SEEKING COACHES AND PLAYERS ANSETT BASKETBALL CLUB TRY OUT & SIGN ON DAY Interested in being a part of the successful Ansett Basketball Club? All current and interested new players and coaches are invited to Darwin Basketball Stadium Abala Rd Marrara. SUNDAY 31ST JAN 12:00 - 5:00 PM Check our website for age group times www.ansett.basketball.net.au PLUS you can see us at the DBA sign on day SATURDAY 30TH JAN Current and new players can pay their Ansett and DBA fees on both days 10% DISCOUNT on Ansett Club Membership fees if you sign up this weekend! e r3 0 0 6 2 4 SPORT Greipel has Tour win for the taking THREE OUT OF FOUR: Andre Greipel claims his third stage win of the Tour Down Under ADELAIDE: Lance Armstrong played a card, but the powerful HTC Columbia team holds two impressive aces ahead of the Tour Down Unders decisive stage today. HTCs German sprint ace Andre Greipel won his third stage out of four as the team worked superbly in the 149.5km race from the Adelaide suburb of Norwood to the south-eastern coastal town of Goolwa. Greipel continues to hold the overall lead ahead of the Tours Queen stage today at Willunga, which features two climbs of the tough Willunga Hill. Australian star Robbie McEwen trails Greipel by 20 seconds after finishing second yesterday, but he is not expected to be a factor after Willunga. If the German falters today in the second-last stage, Australian teammate Michael Rogers is only 30 seconds behind in the general classification and the climbing specialist is clearly in good form. Gusty winds played havoc with stage four yesterday and S p a n i s h s t a r A l e j a n d r o Valverde, second in stage three, was among those who lost touch with the front group. Armstrong and Radioshack teammate Tomas Vaitkus made a bold move with about 10km left and led by around 20 seconds, but they were caught well before the finish. Armstrong paid for his effort, finishing 17 seconds behind the lead group of 47, but world champion, Territorian Cadel Evans was with the front group at the finish. Evans is well-placed overall at 26 seconds in seventh place, while 2005 race winner Luis Leon Sanchez of Spain is with Rogers and 11 others who are equal ninth. As they have done for much of this Tour, HTCs lead-out train set Greipel up perfectly for the finish once Armstrongs attack failed. The last 5km, we always rode from the front and no-one could pass us its a sign of strength, Greipel said. We deserved the win because we always ride from the front. White hammers Pakistan By JIMMORTON at theGabba TAKETHAT: Australian allrounder CameronWhite bludgeoned the Pakistani attack last night in scoring a fine century to steer Australia to success in the first of five one-day internationals against Pakistan THE worrying cloud over oneday crickets future darkened with a half-empty Gabba cheering a Cameron White-powered Australia to a five-wicket victory last night. White produced his finest knock on home soil, bashing 105 off 88 balls with eight fours and four sixes, playing the main hand as Australia passed Pakistans total of 274 in the 49th over. After 22 ODIs in Australia, it was the first time the big Victorian has scored a half-century let alone a hundred, and his rampaging innings deserved to be witnessed by a much bigger crowd than the 19,758 on hand. The attendance stands as by far the worst in Brisbane for a 50-over match featuring Australia, where 35,000-plus crowds have been the norm since the Gabba was redeveloped a decade ago. It lent further ammunition to the doomsayers who believe onedayers are on their deathbed. There are fears the crowd for the second match in Sydney tomorrow will be equally as bad with only 17,500 tickets sold. The SCG has a 46,000 capacity. Australia will go there 1-0 up thanks mainly to Whites second one-day century. The home side was a shaky 3-84 when an out-of-touch Ricky Ponting (27) ended 65 minutes of frustration, caught at short third-man in the 18th over. White, whose previous highest score in 22 matches in Australia was 45, combined with vice-captain Michael Clarke (58 off 76) for a p r o f e s s i o n a l 1 0 2 - r u n s t a n d which tipped the balance in Australias favour. Clarkes run out gave the tourists a sniff but three consecutive White slogs over the leg-side boundary off Shahid Afridi in the 41st over ensured the home side pulled off the fourth highest run-chase at the Gabba. Pakistan was once again its own worst enemy, with Salman Butt dropping Clarke and losing their last three wickets for five runs to be dismissed in the final over. With crickets most lethal hitter, Afridi (48 off 26), at the wicket during the batting powerplay the tourists were eying 300-plus. Afridi blazed five fours and three sixes before holing out looking for his fourth off Shane Watson, who finished with a career-best 4-36. While all-rounder Watson carried on his Test form, a change in uniform didnt agree with Hauritz (0-68 off nine) who conceded his most expensive 50-over figures for Australia. After winning the toss and batting, Pakistan started superbly when opener Butt (72 off 81) fired them to 1-117 in the 23rd over. The Australians bowled too short and wide with the new ball but Doug Bollinger (2-32) managed to reel Pakistan in by dismissing Butt and Mohammad Yousuf in quick succession. SCOREBOARD Australia v Pakistan First One-day International at the Gabba Pakistan Innings S BUTT c Haddin b Bollinger . . . . 72 K AKMAL c Clarke b Watson . . 34 Y KHAN c Marsh b McKay . . . . 46 M YOUSUF b Bollinger . . . . . . 2 U AKMAL c Haddin b McKay . . . . 23 S MALIK c Haddin b Watson . . . . 28 S AFRIDI c Hussey b Watson . . 48 M AAMER c Haddin b McKay . . 0 N UL-HASAN not out . . . . . . 8 S AJMAL c Clarke b Watson . . . . 2 M ASIF run out (Ponting) . . . . 0 Sundries (4lb 5w 2nb) . . . . . . 11 Total . . . . . . . . . . . . 274 Fall: 62 (K Akmal), 117 (Butt), 123 (Yousuf), 156 (U Akmal), 205 (Malik), 221 (Khan), 227 (Aamer), 269 (Afridi), 274 (Ajmal), 274 (Asif). Bowling: D Bollinger 9.4-0-37-2 (2w 1nb), P Siddle 8-1-48-0, C McKay 9-0-61-3 (1w 1nb), S Watson 10-0-36-4, N Hauritz 9-0-68-0 (1w), M Clarke 2-0-8-0, M Hussey 2-0-12-0 (1w). Batting time: 217 mins. Overs: 49.4. Australia Innings S WATSON c Ajmal b Aamer . . . . 5 SMARSH c ul-Hasan b Mohammad Asif 15 R PONTING c sub (Latif) b Afridi . . 27 MCLARKE run out (ul-Hasan) . . . . 58 CWHITE b ul-Hasan . . . . . . . . 105 MHUSSEY not out . . . . . . . . 35 B HADDIN not out . . . . . . . . 7 Sundries (4b 10lb 9w) . . . . . . 23 Five wickets for . . . . . . . . 275 Fall: 16 (Watson), 37 (Marsh), 84 (Ponting), 186 (Clarke), 260 (White). Bowling:MAsif 10-1-44-1 (1w), M Aamer 9-0-29-1 (2w/6), N ul-Hasan 10-0-61-1 (1w), S Afridi 10-0-66-1 (1w), S Ajmal 9.3-0-61-0. Batting time: 203mins. Overs: 48.3. Australia won by five wickets Umpires: Asoka de Silva (SRI), Rod Tucker (AUS).Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI). Third umpire: Paul Reiffel (AUS).