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home advantage throughout the
Cricket World Cup as co-host, New
Zealand believes its inside knowledge
of the venue for Saturday s quarter-
final against West Indies may make
that advantage even greater.
New Zealand has won 10 of its last
12 one-day internationals at the
Wellington Regional Stadium, known
locally as the Cake Tin, and coach
Mike Hesson hints that familiarity
with the venue might have played a
Hesson told reporters the drop-in
pitch used for international matches
at the stadium has particular quirks
with which the New Zealand bowlers
and batsman are familiar---but which
visiting players might find discon-
"It s quite an unusual bounce which
takes a little while to get used to and
we ve played enough games there
that our guys have adapted to that,"
Hesson said. "Sides that haven t been
there in recent times will need to
"I don t want to give too much
away about what the bounce is, but
it s a different surface. It s a drop-in
and it had a big gap underneath it,
now it s got some rubble or shingle
underneath so it bounces a bit dif-
ferently than it has in the past. We ve
had some recent experience of that."
New Zealand fast bowler Tim
Southee took 7-33 when New Zealand
bowled out England for 123 in its only
pool match at Wellington on February
20. Southee s three best bowling
returns in 91 one-day internationals
have all been achieved at the Cake
New Zealand hopes that Southee
and his new ball partner Trent Boult,
with whom he shared 28 wickets at
the tournament so far, will again be
able to exploit conditions in Welling-
ton to take early wickets on Satur-
New Zealand s policy throughout
the World Cup---critical to its unbeat-
en record in pool play---has been to
use its frontline bowlers and attacking
fields for as long as possible in all
matches to capture early wickets.
"Our aggressive philosophy has
served us well over the last 12 months
and if you can t keep picking up wick-
ets, as sides have found out, you can
get taken at the death regardless of
who is bowling," Hesson said. "We ll
keep that same mentality. Our plan
is to keep taking wickets."
The key wicket will be opening
batsman Chris Gayle, but Hesson said
New Zealand couldn t focus on one
player and realised the West Indies
had several potential match-winners.
"They re dangerous," he said.
"When you think that they re down
they come out and one of their players
plays an explosive innings or bowls
a spell that can take you out of the
"Sometimes it s easier to play a
side that s a bit more predictable,
whereas the West Indies on their day
Kiwis bank on
advantage at Cake Tin
ST JOHN'S---The West Indies
Cricket Board yesterday paid trib-
ute to former T&T Cricket Board
president Alloy Lequay saying
that Caribbean cricket has lost
one of its greatest supporters.
Lequay died on Sunday. He was
90.In a release, WICB president
Dave Cameron said it was with a
sense of sorrow that the Board
learnt of Lequay s death. "On
behalf of the directors, manage-
ment and staff of the WICB let me
pass on our deepest condolences.
There is little one can say at such
a time, but the game in the
Caribbean has lost one of its great-
Cameron added: "To say Alloy
was a larger-than-life character
would be an understatement. He
will always be remembered as an
outstanding and visionary admin-
istrator--verified by the number of
accolades which he received in his
"His achievements in the board
room were enhanced by his intu-
itive leadership and wide manage-
ment skills, and we know that
these feelings are shared by all who
knew him and worked with him
during his years with the T&TCB
Cameron said: "May the many
happy memories of Alloy help to
sustain his family and the countless
people with whom he made friends
and worked over the years at this
most difficult time.
"Alloy was an extraordinary
man. There are many in T&T who
will deeply mourn his passing as
his was a life of service and excel-
Also paying tribute was former
national umpire and T&TCB exec-
utive Tony Lalacksingh, who
described Lequay as a hard worker
who was very firm in any decision
he made. "A great leader who
showed full cooperation with
members of the Cricket Board,
especially the executive. He was
instrumental when I became the
treasurer of the Board for two years,
and the auditor for 15."
gone says WICB
Former T&T and West Indies all rounder Phil
Simmons is the new coach of the West Indies
Simmons was given the nod over T&T-born
former Indian national Robin Singh for the top
post and will be signing a contract with the West
Indies Cricket Board (WICB) today. He will take
up the position for three years in the first instance.
Simmons has been knocking on the door for a
while and has been making the best advertisement
with his work in Ireland with their national team.
At the current World Cup, he led Ireland to an
upset victory over the West Indies in their opening
game. Ireland failed to get into the quarter-finals,
however, after going down to Pakistan in their
final match of the preliminary round.
With the World Cup out the way, Simmons was
then given time to deal with his contract and will
He will get moving immediately as he has Eng-
land on his doorsteps in a few weeks time.
The Arima man is expected to be a good fit on
the management team, as he has the respect of
the players. His nephew Lendl will also be under
his wings, although Lendl announced his retirement
from Test cricket recently.
Simmons played 26 Tests for the West Indies,
scoring 1002 runs at an average of 22.26. He also
appeared in 143 ODIs, scoring 3675 runs at 28.93
with a best of 122. He also captured 83 wickets
in ODI cricket at 34.65, with a best of four wickets
for three runs off 10 overs against Pakistan---which
remains the most economical bowling in ODI
The West Indies has been without a head coach
since Ottis Gibson was removed at the end of the
series against New Zealand in the Caribbean last
year. The West Indies lost that series 2-1, and
Gibson was fired after the West Indies also lost
the test series.
Since then, the team has been handled by assis-
tant coaches Stuart Williams, Andre Coley and
fast bowling consultant Curtly Ambrose. Manager
of the team Richie Richardson has also lent his
considerable experience in the batting depart-
The West Indies will play hosts New Zealand
in the quarter-finals on Friday night (TT time).
MELBOURNE---Barbados has been chosen to
host the International Cricket Council (ICC)
Annual Conference in June, ICC announced on
This will be the first time the ICC s annual meet-
ings, carded for June 22 to 26, will be held in the
West Indies, officials say.
Over 50 ICC Members are expected to attend
making it the largest ever gathering of cricket
administrators in the Americas region.
"We are delighted to be taking the ICC Annual
Conference to the West Indies for the first time,"
said ICC Chairman Narayanaswami Srinivasan.
"I am sure both the West Indies Cricket Board
(WICB) and the island of Barbados will prove to
be excellent hosts for these important meetings."
The Conference will be hosted by the WICB with
the support of the Barbados Cricket Association
and Barbados Tourism Marketing Incorporated
"The award of this high profile event to our
region demonstrates the significant role West Indies
cricket continues to play in the global game," WICB
President Dave Cameron explained.
"We look forward to welcoming our friends from
around the cricket world and highlighting our pas-
sion for cricket s past, present and future."
Barbados will join a prestigious list of hosts of
the Conference which in recent years has included
Melbourne (Australia), London (England), Hong
Kong, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Singapore and
Barbados to host ICC annual conference
Simmons to sign
as Windies coach
Phil Simmons...got the nod over Robin Singh.
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