90s jinx of MCG

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The Mel­bourne Cricket Ground (MCG) seems to have a jinx with bats­men in the 90s and dash­ing Aus­tralian opener David Warner al­most joined that list.

Warner was caught at mid-on at 99 off English debu­tant Tom Cur­ran on the open­ing day of the fourth Ashes Test at the MCG, but was re­prieved with a no-ball call. He had started trudg­ing off the field when TV re­plays showed that Cur­ran had over-stepped. Warner re­turned to com­plete his cen­tury and Cur­ran fin­ished the day wick­et­less.

In 1976, the great Sir Vi­vian Richards was dis­missed for 98 at the MCG and three years later when he re­turned to the fa­mous Aus­tralian ground for the 1979-80 se­ries, he was out for 96.

When Mike Brear­ley’s Eng­land side toured Aus­tralia for the 1980 Ashes se­ries, open­ing bats­man Gra­ham Gooch was run out for 99 on the open­ing day of the third Test at the MCG.

On the open­ing day of the fifth Test be­tween Aus­tralia and South Africa at the MCG in 1953, another opener, left­hander Arthur Mor­ris, of Aus­tralia, was run out for 99.

Another left-handed opener, John Wright, of New Zealand, was out for the top­score of 99 on the first day of the 1965 Mel­bourne Test against Aus­tralia.

On the open­ing day of the 1965 Ashes Test at the MCG, the left-handed Bob Cow­per fell to Jeff Jones for 99.

The Aus­tralian left-han­der Clem Hill was out for 99 bat­ting at num­ber seven in the 1902 Ashes Test at the MCG. When In­dia toured Aus­tralia in 1967, another left-han­der, Ajit Wadekar, made 99 in the sec­ond in­nings of the MCG Ace jockey Rickey Wal­cott is the Ath­lete of the Week for his hat-trick on Box­ing Day.

Those wins put him at the top of the leader board for the year and makes him cham­pion jockey for 2017.

Wal­cott won race three (the Box­ing Day Ju­ve­nile Open Con­di­tion Race) with Inspired Ad­ven­ture, race four (the 1 800 me­tres Di­a­monds In­ter­na­tional /Vena D’ Amore Hand­i­cap astride Zip Code, and com­pleted the hat-trick on Stealin in race five (the Box­ing Day Nurs­ery Tro­phy Al­lot­ted Weights). (MK)


T20 is the strong­est for­mat for the West Indies, but based on their form over the last year and not­ing that the likes of Kieron Pol­lard and Su­nil Narine are un­avail­able, home side New Zealand may have the edge in the cur­rent three-match se­ries.

Since cap­tur­ing the T20 World Cup in In­dia last year April, the Windies have won seven of 14 matches – with three of those wins com­ing against min­nows, Afghanistan.

The bowl­ing looks sus­pect while the bat­ting de­pends heav­ily on swash­buck­ling Chris Gayle.

New Zealand are not field­ing their strong­est side ei­ther, but look to have more depth and should win the se­ries 2-1. (MK)

The bat­tle for cham­pion trainer of the Bar­ba­dos Turf Club’s 2017 sea­son went down to the wire.

Two men were chas­ing the ti­tle, and this was one of the thrills of the fi­nal day of rac­ing for the sea­son. It was Vic­tor Cheese­man ver­sus Robert Peirce to see who would take the top prize.

Peirce got things rolling by win­ning the Di­a­mond In­ter­na­tional / Gift Al­lot­ted Weight with My friend Patch, to gain ground in the bat­tle, but in the end, he lost a fiercely fought war to Cheese­man by a slen­der mar­gin of $394.

Over­all, the champ tal­lied $500 394, sup­ported with 27 wins from 130 starters with a strike rate of 21 per cent.

Cheese­man, by win­ning the ti­tle, has now se­cured a beaver trick in this cat­e­gory, de­spite go­ing win­less on the Bar­ba­dos Turf Club’s fi­nal race day en­ti­tled the Di­a­monds In­ter­na­tional/crown of Light Box­ing Day at the Races Race­day.

Cheese­man, who re­sides next door to the Val Gale pad­dock in Pad­dock Road, went into the fi­nal day with a lead of $33 417. The nine starters he sent down still man­aged to pick up place money and keep the stub­born Pierce at bay, de­spite his rack­ing up four wins.

Just A Fash­ion and Qual­ity Star, in the two sup­port­ing fea­tures, were piv­otal re­turns for Cheese­man. The key to Cheese­man’s re­peat was his out­stand­ing star colt North­ern Star, which he partly owns with Mervyn Rollins.

In seven starts this year, North­ern Star has been ruth­less, win­ning six races, in­clud­ing the Tan­gle­wood Stakes over 2 000 me­tres and the Sale Grad­u­ates’ Vase Cham­pion Stakes over 1 570 me­tres.

His per­for­mances are al­most cer­tain to see the son of Carpe Diem out of Aquar­ius Star, re­tain the Horse of the Year ti­tle. Other horses trained by Cheese­man that are worth men­tion­ing are Guineas winner Fleurette, along with ju­ve­nile Cre­ole Qual­ity Star.

Peirce, hav­ing squan­dered a lead of just over $60 000 at the be­gin­ning of the fi­nal sea­son, amassed fi­nal day earn­ings of $58 097 which was enough. He fin­ished on 21 wins from his 112 starts, which gave him a win per­cent­age of 19 and ex­actly half mil­lion dol­lars in purse.

One of the horses to lead this gal­lant ef­fort was dual Gold Cup winner Dorsett, who was vic­to­ri­ous in the Di­a­monds In­ter­na­tional/crown of Light Box­ing Day Stakes and Tro­phy over 1 570 me­tres.

Also win­ning from Peirce’s camp the same day were Dorsett’s sta­ble mate My Friend Patch, Se­b­coe and Java­lier. Men­tion should also be made of Oberoi which won the Grade I Mid­sum­mer Cre­ole Clas­sic over 1 800, and Banja which car­ried recorded five vic­to­ries.

With fig­ures of 23 wins from 130 starts for a win per­cent­age of 18, Bos­ton John’s charges were able to bring in earn­ings of $306 414, which pushed him to third po­si­tion in the ta­ble. Those fig­ures were at­tained largely dur­ing the first two sea­sons, with Spar­ta­cus prov­ing to be one of his main weapons.

Ed­ward Wal­cott Jnr. fol­low­ing a slow be­gin­ning to the year, got his range cor­rect when his filly

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