Kiwis rue missed chances as England battle through to 241-4 onfirst day

first_imgWELLINGTON, New Zealand (Reuters) – New Zealand were left ruing a day of missed opportunities as England battled to 241-4 at the close of the first day’s play in the opening Test at Bay Oval in Mt Maunganui yesterday.England all-rounder Ben Stokes provided some late fireworks, which included hitting Trent Boult for four successive boundaries, to finish on 67 not out, leaving his side well placed to extend their advantage today.Stokes’ last four of that run came after the ball burst through the hands of Ross Taylor at first slip after he reacted late to the ball flying towards him.“We created a lot of chances which didn’t go our way but they showed a lot of patience, took their time and batted pretty well,” New Zealand pace bowler Neil Wagner told reporters. “Anything we threw at them they played quite well, at times they had a bit of luck, but sometimes you need a bit of luck.”The missed chance on Stokes was one of three gilt-edged opportunities New Zealand wasted on a day when their bowlers toiled on a pitch that offered them little assistance.Even so they were still able to put pressure on the tourists. Taylor and second slip Tom Latham had let a thick edge from Rory Burns fly between them when the opener was on 37. He went on to make 52 before being caught behind off Colin de Grandhomme.Burns, who played and missed several times during the middle session, also appeared to get a thin edge through to wicketkeeper BJ Watling on the final delivery of the fifth over of the day when on 10 and England were 14-0. There was a half-hearted appeal but captain Kane Williamson chose not to review, even though technology suggested Burns did nick the ball.Wagner felt New Zealand were still well in the game heading into day two.“By no stretch have they got away from us, if we can come back in the morning and get a couple of early wickets, we’ll be in a really good position,” he said. The second match of the two-Test series takes place in Hamilton from November 29 to December 3.last_img read more

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3 things Fordham said ahead of NCAA Tournament matchup with Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 22, 2019 at 6:36 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcCleary Commentscenter_img No. 3 seed Syracuse (24-7, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) will host No. 14 seed Fordham for the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. SU is coming off a strong ACC tournament showing where Syracuse avenged a regular-season loss to Miami and jumped to the No. 3 seed in the Portland Regional. The Orange will tip off with the Atlantic-10 Conference champion Rams, who have won 12-straight en route to an NCAA Tournament appearance.Here’s three things that Fordham said ahead of Saturday’s game.Defense wins championshipsForward Mary Goulding won’t say it is “biblical,” but she doesn’t know if Syracuse takes as much pride in its defense as the Rams do. FU rode its seventh-ranked defense to a conference championship and enter the tournament as an imposing threat to the Orange’s offense-heavy attack.“With our defense, it’ll make them do something that they may not have done before,” Goulding said. “If they’re a strong 3-point shooting team, then they have to get to the basket. If they are wanted to get to the basket, shoot 3’s. Make them shoot pull-up jumpers in our face. Something that they’re not comfortable doing, that’s what we want them to do.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn consecutive conference tournament games, the Rams held their opponents to a season-low point total. It smothered No. 3 seed Duquesne and held it to only 34 points and in the championship game held No. 1 seed VCU to 47 points in Fordham’s 15-point win.FU head coach Stephanie Gaitley said the Rams would counter SU’s 3-point heavy attack by forcing shooters to put the ball on the floor.“We’re not going to take everything away,” Gaitley said, “so you’re going to have to pick your poison of what you’re going to give up because they have a lot of weapons.”Short rotationThe Rams only have seven players on its roster that play more than 10 minutes per game compared to a Syracuse team that has nine consistent contributors. But this is no longer the conference tournament where FU was required to play three games in three days, Gaitley said, and the Rams have had two weeks to rest to reconfigure.“I know coach Hillsman plays a lot more kids, but in this situation, at this point of the year, I’m not concerned with the rotation.”In-depth discussionThe Rams played Syracuse in the first round of the NCAA tournament the last time the Orange hosted NCAA Tournament competition — the first game of an eventual Final Four run. Fordham has experience with shooting in the Carrier Dome, and doesn’t see depth perception, the skewed perception of shooting in a room with such a high roof, as a major problem. She remembers playing the Orange in the NIT when she was with Monmouth, and her team played well.“The Carrier Dome doesn’t concern me,” Gaitley said. “The kids will follow your lead so if you have concerns, they’ll have concerns.”last_img read more

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Hong Kong – Reported by Elite Traveler the Privat

first_imgHong Kong – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineMandarin Oriental, Bangkok announces the completion of the refurbishment of the hotel’s main lobby and reception area. All new upholstery, carpeting and furniture has been tastefully chosen by renowned interior designer Jeffrey Wilkes, the same creative mind who was behind the 2009 renovation of all the 338 guestrooms in the River Wing Building. The design brief clearly stipulated that the legendary “DNA” of the 135-year-old hotel be preserved, and combined with a modern interpretation on traditional themes. The majestic floor-to-ceiling windows that face towards the Chao Phraya River, the two royal elephants guarding the lift landing and the historical “temple bell” chandeliers all remain as before, faithful to the hotel’s oriental heritage.The decorative enhancements are set against a proud Thai history, showcasing an unmistakable Thai-inspired flair and atmosphere. The new interior design is further enhanced during evening hours through the installation of a lighting system which highlights the vibrant new color scheme of burnt sepia, crimson reds and cool grays. In addition Silver Naga and cream marble coffee tables have been artfully placed throughout the comfortable seating arrangements. The Reception counters have undergone a dramatic transformation, using contemporary Thai materials and fabrics. Backlit blue glass tiled counters contrast beautifully with the scarlet Thai silk on the walls and the delicate crystal chandeliers with Thai motifs suspended from the ceiling above the teakwood reception desks.Other areas that were part of the scope of the refurbishment include the Book Kiosk, the Spa and Wellness Reservation Desk, the Oriental Corner Cake Counter and the addition of luxury retail showcases. “The results of the refurbishment will ensure that the Lobby at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok will continue to be a landmark in the city,” said General Manager Jan Goessing. “The Lobby is widely seen as the Living Room for sophisticated travelers, many of whom have walked through the hotel’s iconic doors over many generations,” he added. To experience this iconic hotel in all its glory, guests new and old can enjoy the hotel’s current Getaway Package that includes daily breakfast, round trip airport transfers and lunch at Sala Rim Naam.www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkoklast_img read more

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