Waitaki Herald : February 4th 2015
SPORT DAN’S SPORTSRANT What do you do about Martin Guptill? By DANIEL BIRCHFIELD email@example.com the Cricket World Cup a matter of days away, New Zealand’s top order is about the only thing that will be giving coach Mike Hesson sleepless nights. Hesson is backing Guptill and is confident his woeful form will come right, but if Guptill wants to open at the World Cup he’s fast running out of time to prove himself. B This summer Guptill, who has a career average of 37, has averaged 19.81 from 13 turns at bat at a strike rate of 65. That’s well below par, even for a tail-ender in the one-day game. His last seven innings have yielded scores of 0, 10, 66 not out, 20, 0, 28 and 0. The question is, should the selectors try something new before the World Cup? It’s a bit of a tricky one. Firstly, although it may seem unlikely at this point, there’s a lack Caps opener Martin Guptill is a curious case. With the opening match of chance Guptill will play himself back into some kind of form before the crucial stages of the tournament. Hesson and his fellow selectors will be banking on it. He will be there, having already been named in the 15-strong squad. The only way he can be replaced is if he goes down with an injury. Likely replacement at the top of the order, Tom Latham, hasn’t really made a case for selection over Guptill. His returns have been meagre at best and for the New Zealand selectors it’s probably a case of better the devil you know in Guptill, than the one you don’t in the still green Latham. Kane Williamson needs to stay at three as he’s New Zealand’s best batsman, while the only other possibility, Luke Ronchi, has more than proved he belongs down the order as a closer. On his day, Guptill is up there with the most destructive one-day batsmen going around. Sadly, the days where he plunders bowling attacks to all corners are few and far between. It’s hard to know exactly where it’s gone so wrong for him. His confidence looks absolutely shot. He’s uncertain in his movements and position at the crease and is going at the ball far too hard or wafting at wide deliveries. Perhaps it would be wise to have Brendon McCullum take strike for the first ball of the innings. Two of Guptill’s ducks against Sri Lanka came first ball, one caught behind and one LBW. It would take at least some pressure off, but whether or not it would make a huge deal of difference I’m not sure. It’s probably more of a mental thing. If New Zealand are to be serious contenders at the World Cup then the Guptill conundrum needs to be sorted sooner rather than later. Fans are quickly losing patience, myself included, while Hesson must be getting to that point too. There’s no doubt Guptill is a class act, he just needs to find his groove again. RESULTS GOLF WAITOA PARK Waitangi Day Tournament Tee off 12.45 pm Sharp. No1 Tee: May Gin, Ken Lemm, Erick Wikstrom, G Anderson, P Miller, B Lough. No3: Alan Familton, Noel Wilson, Von Lyons, Bill Stackhouse, Harry Cole, Graham Jones. No 4: F Plieger, H L’Hommedieu, L McCone, T Whiting, K Johnson, Jonty Mathews. No 5: Faye Bent, Charlie Forrester, Maggie Manson, Trevor Gunn, Hazel Roper, Des Perham. No 6: Ray Wilkinson, Doreen Stackhouse, Steve Dawson, Celie Wood, Ruby McMurtrie, Jason Little. No 7: Peter Lee, Myrel Parsons, Martin Tonkin, Les Weir, Thelma Dunlop, Don McCone. 2nd Off 1: Ray Walker, Isabella McCone, Ngaire Familton, Ivan Ericsson Wednesday, January 28 Stableford. 0-19. Alan Brosnan, 42. Neville Hill, 41. Charlie Forrester, 40. Les Weir, 39. Alan Familton, 38. Alan Cunningham, 38. Ken Johnson, 38. 20-34. Ray Walker, 45. Martin Tonkin, 43. John Rawson, 42. Eric Wickstrom, 40. Bill Stackhouse, 38. Don McCone, 38. Twos: Trevor Gunn, Ray Wilkinson, Ray Walker, Max Lory, Gordon Anderson, Alan Brosnan, Charlie Forrester, Don McCone. Alan Cunningham, Jim Wood, Merv Roper,(2). Nearest to the pin, 0-19. Trevor Gunn. 20-34. Gordon Anderson. Saturday, January 31 Single Par. Des Perham, 6 up. Ray Walker, 4 up. Frank Plieger, 4 up. Graham Jones, 3 up. Ivan Ericsson, 2 up. Don Laurenson, 2 up. Alan Familton, 2 up. Phil Marsh, 1 up. Longest putt. Frank Plieger. Nearest to the pin. Charlie Forrester. Twos: Des Perham and Charlie Forrester. North Otago Thursday, January 22 35 midweek men played a stableford round. Senior (0-18) Jonny Mackay 41 (gross 71) PeterSinclair 39, Alan Finlay 38, Pop Elliott 36. Junior (21-36) Tom O’Reilly 42, Dal Schafer 42, Gary fairbanks 41, Jock Jellyman 37, Ian Ryder 37,Lewis Gillies 37. Twos were scored by Peter Bond and Jonny Mackay. Nearest the pin at Creek was Peter Bond. The birdie hole was No 11, and not struck. Saturday, January 24 50 played a stableford. Senior (0-12) Alan Finlay 42, Roger Gilchrist 40 (gross75). Intermediate (13-18) Rob Thomson 45, Ray Devlin 44, Peter Sinclair 44, Robbie Shea 38, Ovens No 13. Rob Thomson No 17. Thursday, January 29 39 played a stableford round. Senior (0-20): Ross Hicks 43, Stan Ruddenklau 42, Peter Sinclair 42, Alan Finaly 41, Bruce kaufana 41, Doug Morris 41. Junior (21+) Bob Avis 49, Dal Schafer 45, Joe Hunt 44, Lester Rowland 42, Gary Fairbanks 41. Twos: Ross Hicks. Nearest the pin at Creek Bruce Kaufana. The jackpot hole was No 13 ,and not struck. Next week the host will be Pop Elliott. Saturday, January 31 Noel Tither 38. Junior (19+) Stan Ruddenklau 45, John Avis 43, Dal Schafer 42, Neville george 42, Joe Hunt 42, Jim Johnston 41. Twos were scored by Robbie Shea, Rob Thomson , Marty Davey , Doug Lowrie and Tim Hutchinson. The incentive holes were won by Ray Devlin No 7, Doug Lowrie No 15. Jim Vonder No 4, Roger Gilchrist No 18, Jarred 49 played a stableford. Senior (0-12) Ray Devlin 43, Kevin Tuffley 40, Jim Vonder 39, Roger Gilchrist 39, Jonny Mackay 39, Stephen Waby 39. Intermediate (13-19) Robbie Shea 43, Bruce Kaufana 43, Ray McNally 43, Geoff McLeod 39. Junior (20+) Joe Hunt 42, neville George 42, Tama Loper 38, Brian Mutton 37, Charlie Rees 37. Twos Robbie Shea , Bruce kaufana , Doug Morris, Warren Jamieson , Roger Gilchrist, Jim Vonder and Geoff McLeod. Jonny Mackay and Stephen Waby both scored par rounds. Incentive holes: Roger gilchrist No 7, Geoff McLeod No 15, Scott Clark No 4, Tom O’Reilly No 18, Peter Jones No 13, Bruce Kaufana No 17. The jackpot hole was No 17 won by Doug Morris, Ken Beeke and Bruce Kaufana. Next week the game will be a medal round – the veteran cups will be played for. Wednesday, January 28 The ladies played a stableford. Winners were: Betty Strachan 45, Jan Hunt 40, Bronwyn Gilchrist 40, Margaret McKenzie 39. Next wednesday is opening day – The Joy Lory Memorial tray will be played. Lower Waitaki Saturday, January 31 A field of 42 players played the final round of the summer nett. Player of the Day was Wayne Kerr nett 66. Results. Senior Men: Gary Iles 69, Zain Pennycook 71. Intermediate: Wayne Kerr 66, Stan Wallace 69, Russell Plew 73, Ian Moore 73, Wayne Todd 74, Grant Brown 74. Junior: Alan Moon 72, Barry Baylis 74, Max Caldwell 75, Eddie Chilton 76. Women; Dawn Plew 80. Twos: Alan Greene, Zain Pennycook, Doug Familton. Last shot to Green: Stan Wallace. Longest Putt: Isabell Bond. Women’s Nearest Pin; Maureen Kerr. Men’s Nearest Pin; Gary Isles. Birdie Hole No 5; Carl Ludwig. Jackpot Birdie No 7; Zain Pennycook, Jason McLaren. WAITAKI HERALD, FEBRUARY 4, 2015 17 Form Stadium after being dismissed for a royal golden duck in the seventh oneday international against Sri Lanka. Photo: GETTY IMAGES Fly the flag for your team for only $2.50! 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