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The Northern Territory news Mon 18 Jan 2010



The Northern Territory news Mon 18 Jan 2010

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36 Northern Territory News, Monday, January 18, 2010 www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 8 -J A N -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 3 6 C O L O R : C M Y K SPORT NT side recruits Kenyan speedster ByPETERTIFFEN THE Heineken Hottest 7s in the World is taking on a distinctly Kenyan flavour. Not only will the Kenyan national squad compete at Austar Park this weekend but the East Arnhem Rugby Union sevens team will also feature a Kenyan player. M e l b o u r n e - b a s e d K w e n d a Obudho will boost the EARU for the Hottest 7s starting on Saturday. He has got a bit of speed about him, EARU coach Hayden Rickard said. Obudho pulled on an EARU jumper at the Singapore Sevens in 2008. He went very well, Rickard said. Defensively weve been quite good over the last year or so. We have just been missing a bit of speed. Thats why weve brought Kwenda in. The EARU was beaten by Casuarina in the Bowl final at the Singapore 7s last year. EARU is seeded 18th and plays 15th-seeded Darwin Dingoes winners of last weeks Casuarina Invitational 7s in its first match. It is a pretty tough game for us, Rickard said. We will have a training on Friday and it just depends on how the guys jell. Our performance in Singapore indicated that we are going in the right direction. Basically you are playing knockout rugby in the first games and the pressure is right on. But if our boys stick to the game plan I am quietly confident. The EARU squad also includes two Fijians Vili Lote and Peni Naqaravatu. They have been doing some church work on Elcho Island and are only in Australia for three months, Rickard said. Queensland rugby league firstgrader Jack Reis is also part of the squad. He should be pretty good value for us as well, Rickard said. Tommy Gunn will captain the side. The teenage Gove centre impressed playing in the 2009 Darwin Rugby League competition with University, earning selection in the Country team. NT Mosquitoes scrumhalf Alex Munro and Mozzie utility back Ben Callaghan have also been named in the EARU squad. The match with Dingoes will feature two players named Callum MacDonald. The Dingoes MacDonald plays on the wing for the Darwin Dragons while Goves MacDonald, a flanker, was one of the NTs best schoolboy players in 2009. Close eye kept on Mozzie young gun CRACK teenage rugby ace Harry Bergelin will be a Mozzie under the microscope this weekend. The classy Manly Colt will join the NT squad for the Heineken Hottest 7s in the World at the request of Australian coach Michael OConnor. I know Ive got to impress. I am going to try my hardest and play well for the Mozzies, Bergelin said. It is not the first time Bergelin has pulled on a Mozzie jumper. I played with the boys at the Singapore Sevens and Michael OConnor asked if I could be in the team again, he said. It is just for me to get experience. I am only young. I am only 18. I am trying to get as much experience as I can. Bergelin admits he had never heard of the Mozzies before he was plucked from Sydney to play for them at South-East Asias top sevens competition last November. I had no idea who they were, he said. But it was an awesome experience. They are a great bunch of guys. We went okay too and beat a few teams. And we should do well again. Bergelin normally plays with Manlys colts side and the Marlins made the semifinals of the New South Wales First Grade Colts competition last year. I am just sort of getting used to sevens, he said. Ive not really played much before, to be honest. They identified me last year be cause of the way I was playing in 15-a-side. And then Mick has brought me along to a few Australian camps and Im getting used to it. At the moment it is a learning thing for me. The Mozzies have been seeded 10th for the Hottest 7s at Austar Park. They are scheduled to open their campaign against 23rd seeds Alice Springs Spacific on Saturday at 9.40am. SUCCESSFUL APPEAL: Shane Watson dismisses Mohammed Yousuf lbw. Picture: CHRIS KIDD More to come from allrounderWatson By JIMMORTON inHobart SHANE Watson announced himself as a world-class allrounder and then promised even more improvement as he put Australia within sight of a series clean sweep yesterday. Australias leading runscorer this summer with 609 at 60.9, Watson (2-24) dismissed Pakistans two best batsmen with his reverse swing before rain washed out the last 22 overs of day four. The double breakthrough was crucial to the home sides hopes of forcing a result as Pakistan (4-103) chase an improbable 438. Watson has quickly become arguably Australias most valuable player since being controversially recalled during the Ashes, and now boasts a better record than Jacques Kallis and Andrew Flintoff than at the same time of their careers. Ive been blown away by how this summer has gone so far, its only something Ive dreamed of, he said The good thing about being an allrounder I missed out in this game with the bat (29 and 1) but then to bowl the way I have ... its coming togethe r v e r y nicely. Watson had P a k i s t a n c a p t a i n M o h a m m a d Yousuf (23) plumb leg before with an inswinger he unsuccessfully referred. T h e a l l r o u n d e r , n o w a r m e d with a resilient body, followed up with the scalp of young gun Umar Akmal (15) in the same manner for the tourists to fall to 4-83 shortly before the rain closed in. This summers been a big learning curve for a number of different reasons, whether its with my bowling or with my batting as well. The more cricket Im playing the more you learn, he said. After 16 Tests, Watson has 1076 runs at 41.38 with the bat and 25 wickets at 33.12 with the ball. At the same time in their careers Englands Flintoff (514 runs at 19.76 and 24 wickets at 41.91) and South African Kallis (609 runs at 25.37 and 18 at 32) had inferior records. But Watson sees his idol Kalliss record over 134 Tests where he averages 54.8 with the bat and 31.36 with the ball as difficult but attainable to achieve. Its amazing really, he said. Ive got a long way to go. I feel my batting is No. 1 and that needs to improve and be the best batter I can possibly be and then of course Id love to keep my average at 30 with the ball. Watsons opening partner Simon Katich (pictured 100) also had another day in the sun after he finally broke his 90s curse for a summer which has included scores of 92, 99 and 98. Katich and Ricky Ponting (89) set up an attacking declaration at 5-219, with a rapid 191-run stand in the morning session. Territorian tears through Irish top-order ByANDREWALOIA FORMER Waratahs and PINT quick Kane Richardson (pictured) ripped through Irelands top order as Australia brushed the cricketing minnows aside on Day 2 of the under-19 World Cup. Australia made 5-274 from their 50 overs before the Richardson-led Aussie pace barrage decimated the Europeans. Ireland were knocked over in only 24.2 overs for just 65 runs. Richardson took exception to all things Irish, ensuring Australia posted a fearsome total by blazing an unbeaten 24 runs from 14 deliveries. At 3/70 the Australians looked in trouble after the Irish sent them in to bat at Queenstown Cricket Ground in New Zealand. In a man of the match performance Alex Keath settled whatever shakes they had with an innings shaping knock of 88. Tim Armstrong joined the talented No. 3 to star with 73 not out, seeing out the 50 overs alongside Richardson. Spearheading Australias bowling attack, Richardson found plenty of movement early, snaring the first two wickets, trapping Irish captain Andrew Balbirnie lbw for seven and sending the wickets flying when dismissing Paul Stirling for a duck. Richardson finished with 3/23, dismissing opener and h i g h e s t s c o r e r S t u a r t Thompson for 19. Australia now sits on top of the table in Group B, with the final group match against South Africa on Wednesday to decide the final make-up of the group standings. Australia v Pakistan Third Test at Bellerive Oval, Hobart Australia 1st Innings 8(dec) /519 Pakistan 1st Innings 301 Australia 2nd Innings S WATSON c Yousuf b Aamer . . 1 S KATICH c Malik b Kaneria . . . . 100 R PONTING c Ahmed b Malik . . 89 M HUSSEY not out . . . . . . . . 13 B HADDIN run out (Aamer) . . . . 8 M JOHNSON c Farhat b Malik . . 0 Sundries (4b 4lb) . . . . . . . . 8 Five wickets (dec) for . . . . . . 219 Fall: 1 (Watson), 192 (Katich), 202 (Ponting), 213 (Haddin), 219 (Johnson). Bowling: M Asif 9-0-48-0, M Aamer 12-2-46-1, U Gul 10-0-45-0, D Kaneria 14-2-56-1, S Malik 3.4-0-16-2. Batting time: 208 mins. Overs: 48.4. Pakistan 2nd Innings I FARHAT c Haddin b Siddle . . . . 14 S BUTT b Bollinger . . . . . . . . 8 K MANZOOR not out . . . . . . 23 M YOUSUF lbw Watson . . . . . . 23 U AKMAL lbw Watson . . . . . . 15 S MALIK not out . . . . . . . . 18 Sundries (2b) . . . . . . . . . . 2 Four wickets for . . . . . . . . 103 Fall: 11 (Butt), 29 (Farhat), 61 (Yousuf), 83 (Akmal). Bowling: D Bollinger 10-3-25-1, P Siddle 6.2-2-17-1, M Johnson 7-1-32-0, S Watson 9-1-24-2, N Hauritz 2-1-3-0. Batting time: 151 mins. Overs: 34.2. Umpires: Rudi Koertzen (RSA), Asoka de Silva (SRI). Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI). Third umpire: Billy Doctrove (WIN). Stumps Day 4