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The Northern Territory news Tue 5 Jan 2010



The Northern Territory news Tue 5 Jan 2010

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38 Northern Territory News, Tuesday, January 5, 2010 www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 5 -J A N -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 3 8 C O L O R : C M Y K SPORT Vics fall Short of Territory ByANDREWALOIA Palmerston batsman blasts unbeaten tonITS a century for the ages and a win for the history books. With the craft of a prizefighter, Palmerston batsman Darcy Short floored heavyweights Victoria on Day 2 of the Australian Country Cricket Championships in Albury Wodonga. Chasing 163, Short was a picture of self-assurance, knocking an unbeaten 107 to guide the NT to arguably its biggest win with six wickets and more than 22 overs to spare. NT coach Ken Vowles was very much Shorts No. 1 fan after the win. It was simply one of the great NT innings, Vowles said. There was a small crowd watch ing and they were just in awe of him as were his teammates. We gave him license to play his own game and he did, he played some brilliant shots. But before Darcy took centre stage it was the Strike bowling attack that rattled the hosts. Matthew Hanna (3/27 off 10 overs), Morgan Hartney (2/23 off nine overs) and spin-wizard Udara Weerasinghe kept up his rich vein of form (2/31 off 10 overs) to keep the Vics on a tight leash. Middle order bat Brad Hauenstein was the only Victorian to buck the trend with a 60 runs that at least gave them something to defend. Runs and big totals were scarce in the first of the limited-over rounds with defending champions Queens land downing ACT with a paltry total of 134 to defend and Western Australia winning with a total of less than 140 as well. There hasnt been a lot of big runs scored so for us to pass 160 with more than 22 overs to spare has really got our opposition taking note, Vowles said. They are saying we caused an upset, Id say we smashed them. Now, not even defending champions Queensland hold much fear for the NT today. Favourite son inducted into Hall of Fame SYDNEY: Steve Waugh (pictured), one of the SCGs favourite sons, made a triumphant lap of honour yesterday when formally inducted into the International Cricket Councils Hall of Fame. Waugh, 44, was one of five Australians newly recognised by the ICC, along with Victor Trumper, Bill OReilly, Keith Miller and Ray Lindwall; but the only one still alive. He received a standing ovation as he was driven around the ground in an open-topped orange sports car, accompanied by his three children Rosie, 13, Austin, 9, and Lily, 7, during the tea break in the second Test against Pakistan. Waugh waved to his home town fans in stands named after two fellow inductees, Trumper and OReilly, and said he felt honoured to be included in such a special group. I felt privileged every time I walked out for Australia, Waugh said. I never took it for granted. The SCG was the scene of some of Waughs greatest triumphs, includ ing his Ashes century off the last ball of the day in the 2003 New Year Test. One of Australias most successful captains, and scorer of 10,927 Test runs and 32 centuries, Waugh was presented with an Hall of Fame cap by ICC director and Cricket Australia chairman Jack Clarke. The families of the four late greats accepted caps on their behalf. Waugh, the most capped Test player in history with 168 appearances, was dubbed the Iceman for his ability to remain calm. Underdogs Leeds rock Man United By JULIANGUYER in London Beckford Diamanti THIRD-tier Leeds United produced the shock of the third round by knocking record 11-time winners Manchester United out of the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford on Sunday. Leeds, the League One leaders who are 43 places below English champions Manchester United, w o n t h a n k s t o J e r m a i n e Beckfords 19th minute goal. Arsenal, whove lifted the FA Cup 10 times, were themselves 12 minutes away from a third round exit against Premier League and London rivals West Ham after Alessandro Diamanti had put the hosts ahead on the stroke of halftime. But two goals in five minutes from teenage midfielder Aaron Ramsey and striker Eduardo stunned the Upton Park faithful as Arsenal won 2-1. FA Cup holders Chelsea, who lead the Premier League by two points from Manchester United, cruised into Sundays fourth round draw with a 5-0 t h r a s h i n g o f second division W a t f o r d a t Stamford Bridge. Defeat was the first time Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had lost in the third round since he arrived at Old Trafford 24 years ago. Not since 1984, when beaten by third tier Bournemouth, had Manchester United lost at this stage. Victory was also fallen giants Leedss first win at Old Trafford since 1981. Their goal came after Jonny Howsons superb 50-yard pass over the head of Wes Brown found striker Beckford and he outpaced the defender before sliding the ball left-footed into the far corner and beyond goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak. The preparation for the game was very good, but Im shocked by the performance, said Ferguson. Leeds manager Simon Grayson hailed his outstanding side after they produced one of the great FA Cup shocks. Full credit to the players who were outstanding today but its what theyve been like all season, he said. Chelsea were 3-0 in front by the 22nd minute thanks to Daniel Sturridge, a John Eustace owngoal and Florent Maloudas deflected shot. England midfielder Frank Lampard made it 4-0 in the 64th minute with a 25-yard strike and four minutes later 20-year-old striker Sturridge had his second and Chelseas fifth goal. Bolly leads Australia in gutsy fightback BLAZING ATTACK: Doug Bollingers bowling helped revive Australias hopes against Pakistan yesterday ByCHRISTIAN NICOLUSSI in Sydney CROWD favourite Doug Bollinger kick-started an unthinkable Sydney Test fightback late yesterday as Pakistan continued to punish Ricky Pontings cointoss blunder. Just when Pakistan made the most of the drying daytwo deck under pictureperfect blue skies a stark contrast to the grassy, lively SCG pitch Ponting decided to foolishly bat on a day earlier Bollinger grabbed the new ball and stemmed the run flow. Pakistan were 9-331 at stumps, 204 runs ahead of Australias dismal 127 firstinnings total, but it could have been worse had it not been for Bollinger. The Sydney left-armer took the new ball with Pakistan cruising at 4-266 and teenage sensation Umar Akmal and Misbah Ul-Haq looking too comfortable at the crease. By the time Bollinger was finished, Pakistan were 7-295. Bollinger, 28, admitted it was one of the grassiest SCG decks he had laid eyes on, but quickly distanced himself from Pontings decision to deny his pace attack a crack at the green first-day strip. As Pontings contentious coin toss dragged on another day, Bollinger said the skipper had 110 per cent team backing. You cant change anything now, its gone and well just worry about the second innings now, said Bollinger, who finished with 3-70 off 21 overs. Theres a little bit less (swing) now. Its doing a bit with the new ball, but when its not swinging its a good place to bat, as you saw with the openers. If you fight hard you can get your runs from it. But theres not much we can do about the pitch or what happened yesterday. They didnt bowl bad, we batted and got out. We came out fresh today, we tried to bowl them out and theyre nine out I wont worry about yesterday, well just worry about tomorrow. Bollinger took a couple of overs with the new cherry to warm up before he trapped Akmal, who had blasted an almost run-a-ball 49 off 48 balls, leg before. He struck in his next over when he beat Misbah UlHaq (11) with sheer pace and provided Brad Haddin with his fourth catch for the innings. And in his third straight over, Bollinger was at it again, this time with Kamran Akmal (14) who sliced it to deep point for Shane Watson to take a handy catch. The Aussies could not have asked for a worse start after Marcus North dropped a simple catch at first slip in the opening hour of play. Imran Farhat edged one to North who bobbled the ball as a horrified Peter Siddle looked on. Farhat was given another life when he charged down the pitch and swung wildly at a Watson delivery, only to be run out in bizarre circumstances by Haddin. The left-hander was unaware Haddin had the ball and was nearly headed back to the pavillion if the keeper had hit the stumps. Farhat and Salman Butt were 0-84 at the main break before Farhat (53) edged a s h o r t - p i t c h e d N a t h a n Hauritz delivery to Haddin but not before he and Butt had piled on a record 109 opening partnership for Pakistan at the SCG. Australia will rely on openers Watson and Phillip Hughes to salvage what chance they have on making it seven straight Test wins at the SCG. Second Test Australia v Pakistan at Sydney Cricket Ground Australia 1st innings 127 Pakistan 1st Innings I FARHAT c Haddin b Hauritz 53 S BUTT c Haddin b Johnson 71 F IQBAL c Watson b Siddle 27 M YOUSUF c Haddin b Johnson46 U AKMAL lbw Bollinger . . 49 M UL-HAQ c Haddin b Bollinger11 K AKMAL c Watson b Bollinger14 M SAMI c Haddin b Watson 13 U GUL c Bollinger b Watson 12 D KANERIA not out . . 2 M ASIF not out . . . . 0 Sundries (2b 16lb 5w 10nb) 33 Nine wickets for . . . . 331 Fall: 109 (Farhat), 144 (Butt), 205 (Iqbal), 237 (Yousuf), 277 (U Akmal), 286 (ul-Haq), 295 (K Akmal), 323 (Gul), 331 (Sami). Bowling: D Bollinger 21-5-70-3 (1w/5 6nb), P Siddle 22-4-62-1, M Johnson 20-2-64-2, S Watson 17-4-40-2, N Hauritz 16-3-77-1 (4nb). Batting time: 432 mins. Overs: 96. Umpires: Billy Doctrove (WIN), Asoka de Silva (SRI). Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI). Third Umpire: Rudi Koertzen (RSA).

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