Ki­wis bowl hurt McKen­zie over

The Citizen (KZN) - - To Make Your Day -

New Zealand play­ers Jesse Tashkoff and Joey Field proved good Sa­mar­i­tans on Wed­nes­day when they helped ease a dou­ble dose of pain suf­fered by West Indies bats­man Kirk McKen­zie in their U-19 World Cup quar­ter­fi­nal.

McKen­zie had the mis­for­tune of hav­ing to re­tire hurt on 99 not out af­ter suf­fer­ing leg cramps, but coura­geously de­cided to re­turn to face the fi­nal 14 de­liv­er­ies of the in­nings af­ter West Indies had lost their ninth wicket.

Af­ter strug­gling to hob­ble back to the mid­dle, how­ever, he was dis­missed first ball – still one short of his cen­tury.

Cue the in­ter­ven­tion of the sports­man­like Kiwi duo, who car­ried the badly-cramped McKen­zie off the field while be­ing ap­plauded back to the pavil­ion by the fans at Benoni’s Wil­low­moore Park.

McKen­zie’s mis­ery was com­pounded when New Zealand, in a seem­ingly hope­less po­si­tion at 153/8, amaz­ingly chased down their tar­get of 239, with Field and Kris­tian Clarke com­pil­ing a ninth-wicket stand of 86 to eke out a two-wicket win.

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