Santner strikes as Kiwis take control of first England Test

first_img…BJ Watling scores first Test double centuryWELLINGTON (Reuters) – Mitchell Santner scored his maiden test century and then grabbed three quick wickets to reduce England to 55-3 at the close of play on the fourth day of the first test at Bay Oval on Sunday.England are still 207 runs behind New Zealand’s first innings of 615-9 declared and need to bat the entire final day in Mt. Maunganui today to save the match.Joe Denly was on seven, while Joe Root will join him on Monday after nightwatchman Jack Leach was caught in close for a duck off Santner with two balls remaining in the day’s play.Left-arm spinner Santner had earlier removed openers Dom Sibley for 12 and Rory Burns for 31. He finished the day with figures of 3-6 off 8.4 overs.“It’s not going to be easy to take seven wickets,” Santner said in a pitchside interview of the possibility of completing victory on Monday to take a 1-0 lead before the second match of the two-Test series starts in Hamilton on Nov. 29.“The ball is getting older and getting softer.“We just have to stay in the areas for longer (to put pressure on England’s batsmen) and go from there.”Captain Kane Williamson had closed New Zealand’s first innings with a 262-run lead about 15 minutes after the tea break with wicketkeeper BJ Watling having scored his first Test double century.Watling was eventually dismissed for 205 and, having batted for just over 11 hours, he did not take the field for the first hour of England’s second innings with Tom Latham taking the gloves temporarily.The 34-year-old Watling, however, took a sharp catch when he did return to dismiss Sibley off Santner. The catch was a milestone in itself, with the last 101 wickets taken by New Zealand at home all falling to pace bowlers.Todd Astle was the last spinner to take a wicket at home, against England in March 2018.Santner struck again with less than three overs remaining when Burns mistimed a sweep and spooned a catch to Colin de Grandhomme at square leg, bringing Leach to the wicket before he fell in the final over.The 27-year-old Santner had earlier also scored his maiden Test century as he combined with Watling for a 261-run partnership, a New Zealand record for the seventh wicket, as the hosts dominated the fourth day’s play.“It was nice to get a hundred (as) it set the team up for a good score,” Santner said.“I think the way me and BJ built the partnership, we knew that if we could bat a long time and get a bit of a lead … we knew the pitch was going to get harder to bat on.“It’s probably a little bit up and down with those cracks so we just knew that we had to keep building the partnership and keep going.”SANTNER STRIKESENGLAND 1st innings 353New Zealand 1st innings o/n 394 for 6Jeet Raval c Joe Denly b Jack Leach 19Tom Latham lbw Sam Curran 8Kane Williamson c Ben Stokes b Sam Curran 51Ross Taylor c Ollie Pope b Ben Stokes 25Henry Nicholls lbw Joe Root 41BJ Watling c Jos Buttler b Jofra Archer 205Colin de Grandhomme c Dominic Sibley b Ben Stokes 65Mitchell Santner c Ollie Pope b Sam Curran 126Tim Southee c&b Jack Leach 9Neil Wagner Not Out 11Trent Boult Not Out 1Extras 22b 9lb 2nb 0pen 21w 54Total (201.0 overs) 615 declFall of Wickets : 1-18 Latham, 2-72 Raval, 3-106 Taylor, 4-127 Williamson, 5-197 Nicholls, 6-316 de Grandhomme, 7-577 Santner, 8-598 Southee, 9-603 WatlingBowling: Stuart Broad 33 – 13 – 64 – 0, Jofra Archer 42 – 15 – 107 – 1(2w 1nb),Sam Curran 35 – 7 – 119 – 3 (1w), Jack Leach 47 – 7 – 153- 2, Ben Stokes 26 – 5 – 74 – 2 (4w 1nb),Joe Root 18 – 3 – 67 – 1 ( 4w)ENGLAND 2nd inningsRory Burns c Colin de Grandhomme b Mitchell Santner 31Dominic Sibley c BJ Watling b Mitchell Santner 12Joe Denly Not Out 7Jack Leach c Tom Latham b Mitchell Santner 0Extras 4b 1lb 0nb 0pen 0w 5Total (27.4 overs) 55-3Fall of Wickets : 1-48 Sibley, 2-53 Burns, 3-55 LeachTo Bat : Root, Stokes, Pope, Buttler, Curran, Archer, BroadBowling: Tim Southee 4 – 0 -18 – 0, Trent Boult 5 – 4 – 2 – 0, Colin de Grandhomme 4 – 1 – 8 – 0, Mitchell Santner 8.4 – 4 – 6 – 3, Neil Wagner 6 – 1 – 16 – 0.last_img read more

Chris Nanco eyes late-career push with scoreless streak put to rest

first_imgChris Nanco sketched out a plan at the beginning of the season. Too often, the senior forward admitted, his long run had ended in years prior with near misses and gasps from the disappointed crowd.When attacking the goal, he adopted a new mentality. He’d keep an end result — the ball going through the net — at the forefront of his mind. He increased one-on-one work with Syracuse assistant coach Matt Verni to improve his finishing ability.The senior forward burst to a hot start this season, scoring four goals in the team’s first three games. But until his two-goal outing last week against Pittsburgh, he had been held off the scoreboard, getting no goals since Sept. 9 and no assists since Sept. 16. It had been 55 days since Nanco last found the back of the net, a span covering eight weeks, 11 games and Syracuse’s longest winless streak in five years. Nanco’s scoreless drought was the longest of his career at Syracuse — and his life.“Keep taking shots,” Nanco said last week. “One of them will go in.”One finally did go in, and then another, giving No. 7 Syracuse (11-3-4, 3-2-3 Atlantic Coast) a new facet to its scoring attack. Over the last four years, the Orange is 16-0 in games Nanco scores. As Syracuse awaits its NCAA tournament seeding, he looks to make an end-of-career push. His next game could be his last at SU.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDrifting toward midfield, Nanco is adept at beating defenders to open spots. His long runs up the sidelines set the offense in motion, sucking defenders his way. Asked about Syracuse’s main threat, most opponent coaches mention him before anyone else. Bobby Muuss, the head coach of No. 2 Wake Forest, singled him out, saying he’s “dangerous.”Tony D. Curtis | Staff PhotographerEven in games Nanco doesn’t score, defenders drop back or leave their men to stop him, as was the case against Pittsburgh. Jonathan Hagman benefited from a defense keyed-in on Nanco, as the sophomore followed up Nanco’s two goals with two of his own.“Chris’ contribution to the team without scoring goals has been massive,” Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre said. “I would worry if we weren’t getting that other contribution.”Nanco’s scoring efficiency had gone down since each season from his freshman to junior year. This season (11.8 percent), he’s improved on last year’s mark of just 5.8 percent. He had four goals last year but took 69 shots to do it. In his freshman year, he took only 21 shots to score four times, a success rate of 19 percent.His 44 shots placed him fourth in the conference entering last weekend. He had played almost every minute of every game until he left the ACC quarterfinal against Clemson in the first half after sustaining what appeared to be a minor injury to his left leg.While he shrugged off his scoring drought, he acknowledged Syracuse needs him to score to be at its best. He’s Syracuse’s leading active scorer, with 19 goals, and is second on the team only to senior midfielder Oyvind Alseth in games started, with 79.Nanco challenges himself in practice against Kamal Miller, one of Syracuse’s biggest defenders. Jockeying for position and weaving his way against bigger bodies has comprised much of the 5-foot-6, 145-pounder’s career.“Balls hitting the back of the net,” McIntyre said last Monday, “we’re going to take that and put it on Wednesday night. And then we’ll be good to go.”Nanco provided a fresh reminder of how many ways he can influence a game last Wednesday, scoring twice and luring defenders his way. His plan from the start of the year is working again. His career could end with one more loss. But when he scores, Syracuse doesn’t lose. Comments Published on November 7, 2016 at 9:26 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

With Persistent Lead Sullivan Heads to Washington

first_imgWith more votes counted in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race, Republican Dan Sullivan still leads Democrat Mark Begich by about 8,000 votes. The Associated Press is calling Sullivan the winner. While Begich hasn’t conceded, the former attorney general seem to be claiming his victory.Download Audio“I am deeply humbled and honored to serve my fellow Alaskans in the United States Senate,” Sullivan said in a written statement issued a few hours after the Division of Elections announced the results of some 17,000 late-counted ballots. Begich made slight gains in the latest count and now trails by 3.2 percentage points. The state still has more than 30,000 ballots left to count, though they’d have to break very differently to affect the outcome.Campaign spokesman Mike Anderson said Sullivan would be en route to Washington today and plans to participate in Republican organizing conferences Thursday.In the U.S. Capitol today, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell met with the incoming GOP freshmen, minus senators-elect from Alaska and Louisisana.“We’re really excited about having a great new bunch here, and were hoping to be joined by Dan Sullivan and Bill Cassidy shortly,” McConnell said.The new members of both parties meet this week for freshmen orientation. They don’t take office until January.last_img read more