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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, March 25, 2015
AUCKLAND---New Zealand reached its first
Cricket World Cup final when Grant Elliott
struck a six from the penultimate ball to
beat South Africa by four wickets in a
cliffhanger semifinal yesterday.
New Zealand came to the last over of a
rain-shortened match needing 12 runs to
reach its Duckworth-Lewis target of 298
from 43 overs, and made it with just one
ball left at a raucous Eden Park.
In Sunday s final, New Zealand will face
either Australia or India, who meet tomor-
"For the fans and the four million people
in New Zealand ... that win s for them," Elliott
"There s been a lot of talking about us just
making the semis, and never quite kicking
on, and while I know it means a lot to the
team, you could see the emotions in the
stands today. It means a lot to a lot of people
in New Zealand, and hopefully we can repay
the faith in the final as well."
Earlier, Faf du Plessis made 82, captain AB
de Villiers 65 not out, and David Miller 49
from 18 balls as South Africa compiled 281-
5 batting first, taking 65 runs from the five
overs left to it after the rain.
New Zealand chased a revised total of 298,
and reached that formidable objective with
cricket fans of two nations holding their
breath. The Kiwis were guided home by
Elliott, with 84 not out, and Daniel Vettori,
7 not out.
South Africa was left despondent by a
defeat which added to its catalog of woe in
World Cup playoffs. Dale Steyn, who bowled
the final over, collapsed to the ground in
despair when Elliott sent his fifth ball into
the stands at long-on.
"I felt we left it out on the field tonight,
and that s all I can ask of the guys," de Villiers
said, his voice cracking with emotion. "We
had our chances, especially in the second
half of the game.
"Lots of people back home supporting us,
we think of all of them, and it s so bad. We
wanted to take that trophy back home, but
life moves on, the sun will come up tomor-
Brendon McCullum set the vigorous tempo
of the New Zealand chase with an innings
of 59 from 26 balls which contained eight
fours and four sixes. With Martin Guptill,
the captain put on 71 in the first five overs.
But the chase faltered when Morne Morkel,
after conceding 14 runs from his first over,
switched ends and removed McCullum, and
bowled Kane Williamson for 6, at 81-2 in a
spell of three overs in which he took 2-11.
No single player commanded the run chase
after McCullum was out, and the required
run-rate grew, at times to the visible alarm
of home fans.
Guptill, after his record 237 not out against
the West Indies, made 34 before he was
wastefully run out in a communication failure
with serial offender Ross Taylor, who in turn
fell for 30 to a piece of wicketkeeping brilliance
by Quinton de Kock.
Corey Anderson made 58, and paired with
Elliott in a partnership of 103 but, perhaps
in a measure of the Kiwis anxiety for the
win that would finally break their history of
six semifinal defeats, it seemed a work more
of desperation than authority. Elliott reached
a half century from 53 balls, and Anderson
from 47 balls, with five fours and two sixes.
De Villiers superbly managed his team s
defense of its total, using his bowlers on high
rotation in one or two-over spells, but he
was central to one of the turning points of
the match when he botched the run out of
With Anderson stranded halfway down
the pitch and with the ball almost in his
hand, de Villiers stumbled and somersaulted
over the stumps, knocking off the bails and
saving Anderson, the partnership, and New
Zealand s hopes.
Anderson was finally out with New Zealand
needing 46 from five overs. Morkel (3-59)
achieved the breakthrough in a superb eighth
over in which he conceded only one run.
At 269-6, and out of specialist batsmen,
New Zealand passed the chase to Vettori in
his 294th one-day international. In the sec-
ond-to-last over came another turning point,
when Elliott was dropped by Farhaad Behar-
dien, who collided in the outfield with JP
Finally, 12 runs from the last over: It went
bye, single, four from Vettori, single, Elliott
After a disappointing West Indies Cricket
Board Four-Day Professional Cricket League
season, national cricket coach Gus Logie
wants consistent performances and a steady
group of players to work with in the future.
T&T lost its last round match against the
Leeward Islands by five wickets on Monday at
the National Cricket Centre in Couva, ending
the season with only two wins from ten match-
es. T&T ended in fifth position, only ahead of
the Leeward Islands. Guyana ended as cham-
pions with an impressive record of eight wins,
one loss and one no result, finishing ahead of
Speaking after the match, Logie praised the
Leewards for the win. "Credit to them they
played well, I think (Rahkeem) Cornwall played
a brilliant innings, his century took the game
away from us and (Steve) Liburd played two
good innings." Cornwall scored an unbeaten
101 in the second innings, while Liburd had
scores of 93 in the first innings and 51 not out
in the second. The T&T coach wants the T&T
batsmen to play with the consistency Liburd
"It is the sort of discipline we have been
asking for from our players all season, we had
it in spurts but we have not had it consistently.
All the players have not come good at any given
time and we paid the price for that.
"It is something we need to look at carefully,
and look at how we prepare and make sure
players take more responsibility when they go
out in the middle. We fell short in a lot of areas
and not many players stepped up to the plate.
In a team environment you need more players
consistently contributing." Logie applauded leg
spinner Imran Khan, batsman Jason
Mohammed and fast bowler Marlon Richards
for their performances.
T&T lost many players throughout the season
due to injury, West Indies duty and players
asking for time off. Lendl Simmons, Darren
Bravo, Denesh Ramdin (West Indies duty), Yan-
nic Cariah, Nicholas Pooran (injury) and Kieron
Pollard all missed matches during the season.
Pollard returned to the T&T line up for one
match against the Windward Islands in round
eight, but then asked for an indefinite break
from the national team.
"You need a consistent group of players, you
need to play with the same group for a while.
If you look at the season we have had to change
quite a few players whether it was injury or
unavailability of players." Logie added that a
steady group of players will allow players to
get comfortable in their role and this will lead
to better results in the future.
Three T&T players have been called in
a squad of 20 players, to prepare for the
upcoming English tour of the West Indies.
The WICB, yesterday revealed the names
of the players who would attend a training
camp in Antigua ahead of the International
Home Test Series against England, starting
The three men from T&T are Denesh
Ramdin, Darren Bravo and Shannon
Gabriel. Ramdin, is the regular Test captain,
Gabriel has been in the Test for the past
year and Darren Bravo has recovered from
the hamstring injury he suffered during
the World Cup in New Zealand.
The three-Test series clashes with the
Indian Premier League (IPL), so mystery
spinner Sunil Narine has not been called
up for the squad. He has gotten a no-
objection certificate from the WICB and
will be playing in India. Other Trinidadians
not in the squad are Dwayne Bravo and
Lendl Simmons who have both retired from
Test cricket, Keiron Pollard and Ravi Ram-
All but seven of the players selected were
part of the squad that played in the previous
Test series against South Africa this past
The seven include the uncapped quartet
of Carlos Brathwaite, fellow fast bowler
Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich and fel-
low wicketkeeper/batsman Shai Hope, with
the spin bowling pair of Devendra Bishoo
and Veerasammy Permaul earning a recall.
The training camp will begin on April
5 and culminate with preparation for the
first Test, starting on Monday, April 13, at
the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.
New coach Phil Simmons will get his
first chance to work with the squad ahead
of the series. The former T&T and West
Indies player was named as head coach
last week, after being with the Irish cricket
team for the past eight years.
Following the England series, Australia
will be coming to the West Indies for two
Test matches, starting in early July.
Three Trinis in Windies training squad
to work with
Team P W L NR BatBowl Pts
Windwards10 5 4 1 23 23 109
Sulieman Benn, Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine
Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite, Kraigg Brathwaite,
Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sheldon
Cottrell, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich,
Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Leon
Johnson, Veerasammy Permaul, Denesh Ramdin,
Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Devon Smith, and
England to West Indies
Test Series 2015
Schedule of matches
Tour Match -- Warner
Park, St Kitts
Tour Match -- Warner
Park, St Kitts
Mon 13 to Fri 17.
1st Test -- Vivian
2nd Test -- National
3rd Test -- Kensington
Elliot puts Kiwis in final
New Zealand vs South Africa
Hashim Amla b Boult
Quinton de Kock c Southee b Boult 14
Faf du Plessis c Ronchi b Anderson 82
Rilee Rossouw c Guptill b Anderson 39
AB de Villiers not out
David Miller c Ronchi b Anderson
JP Duminy not out
Extras: (1b, 13w)
TOTAL: (for 5 wickets)
Overs: 43. Batting time: 196 minutes.
Fall of wickets: 1-21, 2-32, 3-114, 4-217, 5-
Bowling: Tim Southee 9-1-55-0 (1w), Trent
Boult 9-0-53-2, Matt Henry 8-2-40-0 (1w),
Daniel Vettori 9-0-46-0 (6w), Kane
Williamson 1-0-5-0, Grant Elliott 1-0-9-0,
Corey Anderson 6-0-72-3 (5w).
Martin Guptill run out
Brendon McCullum c Steyn b Morkel 59
Kane Williamson b Morkel
Ross Taylor c De Kock b Duminy
Grant Elliott not out
Corey Anderson c du Plessis b Morkel 58
Luke Ronchi c Rossouw b Steyn
Daniel Vettori not out
Extras: (6b, 2lb, 5w)
TOTAL: (for 6 wickets)
Overs: 42.5. Batting time: 212 minutes.
Fall of wickets: 1-71, 2-81, 3-128, 4-149, 5-
Bowling: Dale Steyn 8.5-0-76-1 (1w),
Vernon Philander 8-0-52-0, Morne Morkel
9-0-59-3 (1w), Imran Tahir 9-1-40-0 (1w),
JP Duminy 5-0-43-1 (2w), AB de Villiers 3-
Result: New Zealand win by 4 wickets on
To ss : South Africa.
Umpires: Ian Gould, England, and Rod
Third umpire: Nigel Llong, England.
Match referee: David Boon, Australia.
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