The Otago Nuggets has lost its battle to stay in the National Basketball League after Basketball Otago pulled the cash-strapped franchise out of the league today.
The Save The Nuggets group was offered control of the Otago Nuggets in a last-ditch attempt to keep the team on the court.
New Black Caps coach Andy Moles wants his charges to back their ability and show faith in their technique. Cricket writer Adrian Seconi reports.
Two of the Otago Nuggets' leading figures were distraught to learn the franchise would not be part of the 2009 National Basketball league.
Axed Black Caps opening batsman Aaron Redmond was philosophical following Saturday's announcement which saw four changes to the national side for the test series against the West Indies.
Central Districts claimed first innings points but the match is evenly poised with Otago 211 for six in its second innings at stumps on day three at McLean Park in Napier.
The opening weekend of the new franchise-based one-day tournament saw Eastern Beaches comprehensively outplay the Central Knights and the Saddle Hill Steamers hold off North West Suburbs.
Andy Moles had his first day on the job as the new Black Caps coach yesterday and has already made some changes.
It is unclear whether pace bowler Mark Gillespie performed any sort of ritual to encourage the rain yesterday but he certainly was not disappointed the gods had blessed Dunedin with some wet weather.
Otago's 10-game unbeaten stretch in first-class cricket came to an end in Napier yesterday with Central Districts snatching an eight-wicket win.
"Hey Mon." The West Indies breezed into Dunedin yesterday looking conspicuous with their wraparound shades, shiny necklaces, deep booming voices and dreadlocked hair.
Jacob Oram was not exposed to the barrage of criticism following the Black Caps' 2-0 drubbing by Australia in the recent test series.
West Indies skipper Chris Gayle hopes the next two test matches against the Black Caps will be a turning point for his team.
If today's test in Dunedin comes down to a batting contest then the West Indies should win in a canter. But if it turns into a bowler's game then the home side should hold a slender advantage.
The new experimental rule which allows players to appeal umpiring decisions has been approved by both the Black Caps skipper and West Indies coach.
The Black Caps might be entering a new era with coaching and management changes, but Daniel Vettori has been a fixture in the side for the past decade and is the glue that holds the team together.
West Indies skipper Chris Gayle struck for the tourist shortly after the break, removing debutant opener Tim McIntosh for 34 with his gentle offspin.