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Was $18,995 5054356AA $13,980 2004 Nissan Presage 7 seater, 2.5 auto, Family wagon, GREAT VALUE!! Captain McCullum also a victim SPORTS TALK JOSEPH ROMANOS Brendon McCullum is an unacknowledged victim of New Zealand Cricket's bungling in the Ross Taylor fiasco. McCullum, 31, is now the New Zealand captain in tests, one- dayers and Twenty20 matches. Such a promotion should have been one of the proudest moments of his life. He comes from a fine cricket family, including father Stu, an Otago rep, and brother Nathan, a New Zealand rep. McCullum first played for New Zealand in 2002 and has built a fabulous record. He has played 330 internationals and scored 10,300 runs, plus there's the mat- ter of nearly 450 wicketkeeping dismissals. It's no great surprise that McCullum, with his pedigree, would eventually become the New Zealand captain. But it's been no triumph for him. Unfairly, he ended up on the defence at his first press conference as captain. Had he undermined Taylor? Had he put himself ahead of the team? McCullum must now lead a struggling New Zealand team to South Africa to tackle the world champions, while missing the Black Caps' best batsman. He has New Zealand Cricket to thank for the mess he's inherited -- its board and especially its chairman, its chief executive and the man it appointed Black Caps coach, Mike Hesson. Taylor's treatment has been shameful. In his 18 months as New Zealand captain, Taylor batted outstandingly. Hence his test average in that time of 50. His captaincy also improved. Wit- ness the test win over Sri Lanka. He has become a sacrificial lamb for poor results by under- performing players. Some senior players and the players' associ- ation do not emerge from this debacle with credit. Fledgling coach Hesson proved to be a novice in man management. Various recent national captains and coaches have been pulling the strings from the sidelines, manipulating events for their own reasons. Hesson's actions would have been laughable if they hadn't had such serious consequences. How idiotic to front Taylor before the tests in Sri Lanka and tell him he would be recommending a change of captain. Much has been made of Hesson's friendship with McCullum. Hesson is a by-the- book type; McCullum is spon- taneous. How they'll gel will be intriguing. Hesson reports to New Zealand Cricket supremo John Buchanan, who backed Taylor. Buchanan seems powerless, so he should be flicked on, saving his massive pay packet in the process. There was mud-slinging during the lead-up to Taylor's sacking. Apparently Taylor had lost'' the dressing room, and his language to his players had been abusive''. In fact, Taylor is rather mild- mannered and well-respected by his teammates. Who cared? Fling the mud. Some might stick. New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White headed overseas at the critical time, so things festered. When he got back, he led the efforts to spin the axing, suggesting Taylor had resigned'' the test captaincy. Taylor was having none of it. He explained what had happened, and let it be known he had not had Hesson's support. What of the New Zealand Cricket board, which rubber- stamped this? The board seems semi-dysfunctional, although it has not lost its ability to pat itself on the back. The saddest part is that our best players, Taylor and McCul- lum, have been set against each other. There should be some serious soul-searching among cricket officials and admini- strators. Many aren't up to it and should get out. Plimmerton third Top three finish: Plimmerton's golf croquet team at Whanganui, from left, Murray Cain, Bill Harper, Janet Boutel and Tom Berryman. Plimmerton Croquet Club was placed third in both forms of the game at the recent Lower North Island Team Championships. Teams from Taranaki, South Taranaki, Whanganui, Welling- ton, Manawatu, Wairarapa and Hawke's Bay converged on Palm- erston North and Whanganui, for association croquet and golf croquet over the weekend of November 17-18. The association team from Plimmerton was Wayne Gair, John de Roo and Dianne McDon- ald, joined by Pauline Reid (Para- parumu). They finished third- equal with Wellington, the event won by its host, Manawatu. At the golf croquet contest in Whanganui, the Plimmerton Club's Bill Harper, Murray Cain, Janet Boutel and Tom Berryman also found their way to the silver- ware, behind Hawke's Bay and Taranaki. A weekend earlier Plimmerton had gone down 3-1 at home to Paraparaumu in the battle for the Haven Plate. The venue for the annual fixture alternates each year. The visiting club selects its team and the host club tries to match their handicaps. Plimmerton was represented by Tony Watts, Beverley Berryman, Patsy Williamson, Dianne McDonald, John de Roo and Eric Castle. Though de Roo and Castle won their doubles games, the visitors were too strong in the other contests. Wendy Betteridge, who repres- ented New Zealand at the inaug- ural Women's World Association Croquet Tournament in Mel- bourne, said the weather was cold, the wind was strong, and the lawns were super-fast.
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