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Success is just a tip of the iceberg

Success story: Former Glen Innes High School student James Black is tapping into some innovative research in the Antarctica.
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From Glen Innes to the Antarctic –local boyJames Black is going from strength to strength.

After leaving town at the age of 18, the former Glen Innes High student hasbeen in Tasmania for about 10 years and iscurrently completing aPhDand research into Antarctic marine life.

“We have [recently] completed twoshort Antarctic field seasons between2015 to 2016and 2016 to 2017 in which we were flown in and out with the RAAF globe master,” he said.

“We drilled holes through the sea ice to collect marine sedimentcommunities 15 metres below the ice.”

The test subjectsthen get set up in lab experimentsto investigate the effect of ocean acidification [increase in acidity of the oceans] and climate change on these Antarctic communities.

For James, a typical day starts around 7.30am.

“We sit down and plan the field work for the day, ensuring that we have a safe route to field sites,” he said.

“Field sites are often on sea ice and we work under strict safety precautions callingstation every hour to confirmconditions are safe.”

James said an Antarctic marine science work day isdiverse and could involve boating through ice floes, drilling through sea ice or diving.

But the 30-year-old scientist said the best aspectof his day isthepicturesque work environment.

“Work as a scientist is often busy andengaging and you often forget to look up and around,then all of a sudden you have a bunch of penguins curiously looking in at what you are doing,” he said.

And for other Glen Innes students thinking about their future, James said “don’t limit your career choices before you have found out everything that is on offer”.

“While the Severn Shire has a lot to offer,you may find opportunities that you would have never imagined …Iwould have never imagined working in Antarctica when I left school,” he said.

“I think anyone that lives in Glen Innes can easily work and live in Antarctica.

“Even though I have spent hours diving in icy Antarctic waters, the coldest night in memory for me was spent in Glen Innes.”

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Undies out in the open

PLAY BALL: Ricky the kelpie cross pup wasn’t scared to bite off more than he could chew. Photo: PHIL BLATCHTHE Christmas-New Year break is a tough time for most of our waistlines so stripping down to our undies and strutting our stuff in public might be the furthest thing from our mind right now.
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But that’s exactly what a brave band of Bathurstians is getting ready to do in just a few short weeks and the rest of the community is invited to join them.

Only a handful of locals have so far signed up for the city’s firstCupid’s Undie Run on Sunday, February 19.

The Undie Run encourages people to strip to their smalls and join in a short fun run to raise money for theChildren’s Tumour Foundation of Australia,dedicated to finding effective treatments for people living with neurofibromatosis (NF).

This is the first time the run will be held in Bathurst and organisers are hoping to find a few more hardy locals who will dare to bare.

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We’re set for a full day of funTHERE are only a couple of sleeps to go until Australia Day and council has another big day of activities lined up.

The fun will again start with the traditional Eglinton breakfast from 8am at the Eglinton War Memorial Hall followed by the citizenship ceremony in Machattie Park from 9am, awards presentation at 11am and Australia Day At The Pool at aquatic centre from noon-3pm.

The Special Olympics Dance Group is this year’s Australia Day ambassador.

Our Slugger aces his Aus Open tipsSHOCK losses to Australian Open favourites Sir Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic stunned plenty in the tennis world, but not the Western Advocate’s resident tennis expert.

Tennis columnist John “Slugger” Bullock tipped before the start of the tournament that neither Murray nor Djokovic –last year’s Australian Open men’s finalists –would make it to the business end of the tournament this year.

He’s been proven right so far and now we wait to see whether his tip for victory –fans’ favourite Roger Federer –is able to lift the trophy on Sunday night.

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Jugiong club wins 2017 Shine Shield

CHAMPIONS: The Jugiong Swimming Club edged out Harden to take the 51st Shine Shield competition. Pictured are members marching in matching club shirts and ‘Play like Lui’ caps. Photo: Jennette Lees
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The Jugiong Swimming Club won the 2017 Shine Shield at home on Saturday January 21, finishing atop the rankings with 1629 points and edging out Harden on 1589. Meanwhile, Yass and Binalong –the top two finishers from 2016 –finished third and fourth on 1541 and 1400 points, respectively.

Jugiong led for mostof the tournamentand clean sweeped the awards,winning the march past trophy and the Terry Sheahan Trophy for the relay events.

In front of about 250 people, the 2017 Jugiong round was the first in which young swimmers sported their #playlikelui capsin memory of Lui Polimeni, a favourite son of Jugiong.

Lui had represented the Jugiong Swimming Club and was a keen athlete across many fields—his main passion being rugby league and playing for his beloved Gundagai Tigers.

Jugiong club wins 2017 Shine Shield June Hardwicke with her granddaughters Lara and Lucy McCelland. Photo: Toby Vue

Olivia Waugh with her mother Camilla taking a break. Photo: Toby Vue

Twins Jen and Helen Willson who form part of the administration team. Photo: Toby Vue

Junior swimmers Ella Widdows, Amber Prins and Alessia Parducci. Photo: Toby Vue

Les Parducci enjoys a sausage sizzle. Photo: Toby Vue

Amber McKay and Brooke Emms representing the Harden Swimming Club wait for their event to start. Photo: Jennette Lees

Jugiong swimmers with the trophy for first place in the march. Photo: Jennette Lees

The kids wasted no time getting back in the water at the completion of events. Club coach Katia Manton, with young swimmer Lucy Robb, holds the coveted Shine Shield. Photo: Jennette Lees

Age is no barrier to participating in the march with his young fella leading the way for Binalong. Photo: Jennette Lees

Jugiong’s caps were in memory of a favourite son of the village – Lui Polimeni. Photo: Jennette Lees

The ET Shine Shield – the last time Jugiong’s name was etched on the shield was 2013. Photo: Jennette Lees

Sharni Manton, and Xavi Holm, were all smiles during the march. Photo: Jennette Lees

Long-time starter for Jugiong’s Shine Shield Norm Bourlet with Joey Polimeni and Ben Wallis on Saturday. Photo: Jennette Lees

Jugiong Swimming Club members excel in the march in matching club t-shirts and #playlikelui caps. Photo: Jennette Lees

TweetFacebookIt’s great for kids to meet other kids from around the area.

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Dunolly FNC calls crisis meeting to address debt situation

DUNOLLY coach Darren Smith says he expects the financially-embattled football netball club to survive despite a mounting debt problem.
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The Eagles will start the 2017 Maryborough Castlemaine District league season several thousands dollars in the red.

They have organised a crisis meeting for Wednesday night, when the club’s finances and future will be discussed.

High player payments in recent seasons have been blamed for the financial shortfall.

But despite speculation of the club being on the brink, Smith was confident a way forward could be found for the proud club.

“I don’t know the exact number other than it is a fair deficit to start the year,” he said.

“They’ve cut the budget for the football (club) right back this year.

“They’ve cut it back by what they are behind so hopefully they can make it up by the end of this year.

“There’ll be a bit of short-term pain I imagine. It might seem a little dire at the moment, but I don’t see the club disappearing this year.”

Smith, who is in his second stint as senior coach, said the club had struggled with players numbers but was confident the shortage would be alleviated come the Eagles’ season opener.

“At the moment we have about 35 players on the list, we really only need to get another 10 or 15 on the list and we’ll be fine,” he said.

“We just missed the finals last year, but we usually have a big turnover of players every year which affects our performance,” he said.

“We’ve had about 15 of the senior players from last year leave, which makes things pretty tough.

“We’ll do what we can.”

The Eagles have not won a flag since 1969 and last contested a finals series in 2011.

Their last grand final appearance was in 2009 when narrowly beaten by Newstead.

Smith urged the Dunolly and surrounding communities to rally around the club, starting by attending this week’s meeting.

Club officials areurging everyone to have their say on the future of the town’s football netball club.

Wednesday night’s meeting starts at 6pm at the Dunolly club rooms.

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MTC gear up for Australia Day meetPhotos

DAY OUT: Hayden Callander, Stuart Heine, Nepal Ghosh, Angelo Strano and Warren Fynn get into the spirit of things at the 2015 Australia Day race meeting. Picture: Les SmithMURRUMBIDGEE Turf Club is preparing itself for one of the biggest social race days on the calendar on Thursday.
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While there is plenty planned off the track on Australia Day, there will be just as much action on it with 143 nominations for the seven-race card.

The feature race will the 2017 Miltons Gear Australia Day Cup –Benchmark 65 Handicap (1800m), that has attracted 13 nominations.

MTC gear up for Australia Day meet | Photos A group of ladies celebrate Kristy Condon’s hens day at Murrumbidgee Turf Club’s Australia Day race meeting in 2014.

Wagga’s Gabi Byrom at Murrumbidgee Turf Club’s 2015 Australia Day race meeting. Picture: Les Smith

Wagga’s Jenny Holt, Caitlin Fahey, Megan Hardy and Mairead Ross at Murrumbidgee Turf Club’s 2015 Australia Day race meeting. Picture: Les Smith

Hayden Callander, Stuart Heine, Nepal Ghosh, Angelo Strano and Warren Fynn at Murrumbidgee Turf Club’s 2015 Australia Day race meeting. Picture: Les Smith

Wagga’s Isabelle Wurtz with the Spackman siblings Hannah, Thomas and Sarah at Murrumbidgee Turf Club’s 2015 Australia Day race meeting. Picture: Les Smith

Ivy Morton and Shelley Beckett, both of Wagga, at Murrumbidgee Turf Club’s 2015 Australia Day race meeting. Picture: Les Smith

Grace Clothier of Tumbarumba at Murrumbidgee Turf Club’s 2015 Australia Day race meeting. Picture: Les Smith

A big group help Todd Henderson celebrate his bucks day at Murrumbidgee Turf Club’s Australia Day race meeting in 2014.

(back row) Anna Johnston, Kaitlin Little, Pippa Hillman, Kaarin Edyvean, Molly Campbell, Telea Leary, Teagan Leary and Tatum Kew; (front row) Sophie Buchanan, Ashley Tilyard and Kayce Parker enjoy Australia Day at Murrumbidgee Turf Club in 2014.

Winners of the best dressed Aussie at Murrumbidgee Turf Club’s Australia Day race meeting in 2014.

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Mackay proposes raft of fees

MACKAY trainers are up in arms over a proposal to charge $10 per day per horse to use race day tie up stalls at Ooralea.
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On-course trainers were informed by email of a raft of extra charges that, according to leading trainer Olivia Cairns, will cost an extra $7000 a year.

The proposal, considered outrageous by most also includes charges for the on-course walker, swimming pool and other facilities, plus charges for the right to train on the track.

Visiting trainers will also be slugged the $10 a day for a tie up stall, which prompted one senior racing man to declare that racing in the sugar city is in turmoil.

Mackay was once the most financial club in provincial Queensland – but the MTC is now literally on the ropes and on the verge of throwing in the towel.

And worse, the club’s plight, according to chairman Lou Kinsey is not getting any sympathy whatsoever from Racing Queensland.

He accuses RQ of refusing to help with race dates and prizemoney and claims it has actually contributed to the club’s current debt of $510,000.

“When RQ took over administration of our club in 2014 we owed $300K.

“They handed it back to us in 2016 and the debt had blown out by $200K – and yet they demand we pay the lot.

“Well we can’t. It’s that simple”

This new highly controversial proposal by a committeeman (and chairman elect) Andrew McDonald to increase track and training fees is roundly condemned by most licences and stake holders. Rent for tie up stalls is unheard of.

Chairman Kinsey who has been fighting for a fair deal from RQ for several years said yesterday he doesn’t believe the proposal will go ahead.

“It is just a proposal to let everyone know how serious the situation is,” as he attempted to deflect the criticism of the new proposal.

“I know the trainers can’t afford any extra expenses but something has to be done – or there will be no Mackay racing or Turf Club beyond next carnival.”

And he says the blame lays squarely on RQ with the allocation of race dates which he described as grossly unfair.

“We lose money every time we race mid week – but RQ refuses to give us Friday or Saturday dates.

“Put simply, they are forcing us towards closure.

“Rockhampton and Townsville are marginally better off with Saturday date allocations but they too are having financial difficulties.

“The future of racing in the area is not good and RQ is definitely not helping.

He said no one cares about country racing anymore.

“There is supposed to be a Queensland Racing Board member based in Cairns – I have never spoken a word to her. I don’t even know her name,” said Lou who admits he is extremely fearful of the future, and says he just about ready to call it quits.

YOUR scribe has been dodging the hot and rainy climes of the north in recent weeks attending race meetings at Glen Innes, Wagga, Kilmore, Cranbourne and Yarra Glen. And experiencing the splendour of Lindsay Park for a busy track work session under the direction of master David Hayes.

It was certainly an experience. I can vouch, after spending a couple of hours with the trainer and staff in his trackside platform, that he is a very much hands on, knows every idiosyncrasy of his 260-odd horses and seemingly has the total respect of his 60-odd employees, some of whom have been at Lindsay Park (the old and new) for 20 years or more.

Every gallop is videoed, replayed instantly and a copy sent off to owners.

”They receive the video of their horse and my comments before they get their corn flakes,” the trainer quipped.

All gallops are electronically timed – sectionals Included – and every rider is requested to report to him in the stand for instructions and provide a verbal report straight after the workout.

And all gallops on each of his three manicured tracks end with the last 200m up a rather steep incline.

Lindsay Park has a strong team of horses preparing for the upcoming Melbourne carnival as well. I can report there is much excitement (if not confidence) surrounding a little filly named Tulip – the stable’s leading contender for the upcoming Blue Diamond.

IT WAS also interesting to visit the Tabaret, the on course betting lounges installed at Cranbourne and Kilmore.

Punters have the choice of tote and bookie betting as well as wall to wall pokies and keno. Both venues were well attended (more than 1000 at Kilmore on Thursday) and clubs admit the concept provide a healthy financial benefit.

I am certainly not a pokies man but I also believe if you can’t beat them,join them.

It is obviously one way of getting the punters back on track.

THE other stand-out was the number of kids at each meeting. Kids are welcome and clubs cater for them.

Unlike Townsville and Home Hill where they are barred on cup days under ridiculous and outdated Queensland licensing legislation.

THE South African apprentice Callan Murrayreturned to Johannesburg at the weekend after a short riding stint in Melbourne where he made a significant impression.

From 18 rides he landed four winners and said he hoped to be back again one day. But he has some fish to fry in his home country first where he is regarded the top apprentice having ridden 190 winners in just three seasons.

He says that riding against Australian jockeys was certainly “different” and he holds them in high respect.

“They ride much tighter here. Besides there is no false or cutaway rail that we are used to in South Africa.

“That took some getting used to,” said the young man who has Hong Kong and other overseas venues on his radar.

“The whip rules are also quite different,” he said.

“At home jockeys are allowed to use the whip 20 times in a race from barrier to box – no matter the distance.The rule is strictly enforced and seldom broken.

“We are not really renowned for relying on the whip.”

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Bulls juniors to learn from Tahs’ mentors

A season launch or the chance of a lifetime?
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TOO GOOD TO PASS UP: Orange City’s young gun Lachie Stewart was the city’s lone colts representative in 2016. He’d be eyeing off a start again in 2017. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

Any way you look at the Central West colts’ first-up possibles versus probables clash at Jubilee Oval on February 4, there’s plenty on the line at Mudgee.

Dean Matthews’ will get his first look at his 2017 under 19s squad during the inter-zone trial and he’ll be joined by NSW under 20s coaches on the sideline.

“And for these kids to play in front of those kind of coaches, it’sa big opportunity,” Matthews said ahead of the Jubilee Oval contest.

He’s confident players will produce on such a stage, whoever turns up.

“It’s one of those age groups, you’re never really sure what you’ve got until you turn up,” he added.

“We’re letting people know now what the schedule is and we’re hoping there’s a good crop of players come and trial.”

As Matthews says, the Central West is calling for players eligible to represent the under 19s this season to play in the trial match to put their hands up for selection.

Along with the state mentors watching the fixture, Matthews will be assisted in selecting his country championship squad by Mark Stanford, Rob Bond and Jason Coycle.

“It’s exciting, we’re keen to get stuck in,” he said.

Keen to get a wide mix of players from the entire region, Matthews identified the Bulldogs club, back-to-back colts champions,as one he’d love to supply plenty of players.

“We’d love to have a few of those guys. There’s something in the water down there, at both CSU and the Dogs.”

The Central West campaign include games against Manly, Central Coast and Sydney Uni before the Country Championships in Port Macquarie in April.

All interested players are asked to email there details to [email protected]南京夜网 or call Rob Bond on 0406 744 349 so that the possibles versusprobables squads can be finalised.

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Hunter Street’s surging market

VALUE: Hunter Street Mall.COMMERCIALproperty in Newcastle is surgingon the back of thecity’s much-hyped resurgence, with latestfigures showing land valuesare set to reach $1 billion for the first time.
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Figures from the NSW Valuer General reveal that commercial land value in Newcastle grew by 14 per cent across thelocal government area in the past 12 months, with once-stale CBD addresses rising on the back of new investment in the city.

Leading the way was the city’s main artery, Hunter Street.

Despite concerns from Hunter Street business operators that the state government’slight rail project will hurt their trade, commercial land value for mixed used propertyroseby 25 per cent between 2015 and 2016.

Dane Crawford, from Colliers International, said muchof the demand in the city was coming from the residential sector, making mixed-use sites particularly attractive.

“When you get an increase in land value it suggests an increase in desirabliity,peoplewant to be there,” he said.

Further out, Park Avenue inAdamstown and Lambton Road in Broadmeadow each recorded 20 per cent growth on commercial land values.

NSW Valuer General Simon Gilkes said commercial property rates had increased“strongly”.

“The new university building in Hunter Street together with high-rise apartment developments in the CBD and fringe areas has had a positive influence on the commercial property market,” he said.

Elsewhere in the Hunter though, the commercial sector didn’t fare as strongly. While Lake Macquarie sawgrowth of about 13 per centdue to lower interest rates and improved investor confidence, markets inboth Port Stephens and Maitland struggled.

In Port Stephens, business development zoned land at Salamander Bay and Taylor’s Beach eachsaw bigdecreases.

The commercial property valuations follow surging residential land values in 2016, with newly trendy suburbs like Carrington, Maryville, Islington and Wickhamdriving much of the growthacross Newcastle

Mr Crawford has handled the sale of the Herald apartments, and said demand had been “unprecedented”, with sales from $600,000 to more than $2.5 million.

“We’ve been in the market for fivemonths and we’ve only got a handful left to sell, Newcastle is absolutely on the map,” he said.

News of Hunter Street’s resurgence will come as welcome news to Sam Arnaout, from Iris Capital, who spent about $40 million buying 1.66 hectares of the Hunter Street Mall late last year, with plans to buildabout500 residential apartmentsand 7600 square metres of boutique retail and commercial space at ground level.

Ladies cycling group to inspire

A new community exercising group will make its debut in Devonport.
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Every Wednesday at 9.15am women will have the chance to be involved in afree cycling fitness group.

Organiser and Feel Great Crew personal trainer Philippa Martin said the idea of the group is to ride at participants own pace on low traffic streets.

“I love cycling and I talk to a lot of ladies who do not want to go out on the roads,” she said.

“I find in other exercise classes people get injured and cycling is an easy on your body exercise to do.

“There areladies only groups in Launceston, so Idecided to make it ladies only, it is designed to empower them and get them out riding.”

The group format is modeled onsuccessful groups in Launceston organised by personal trainer Mark Connelly.

Ms Martinsaid the goal will be for the ladies to participate in a fundraising community bike ride later in the year.

“I am so excited about this new free ladies only cycling group,” she said.

“I can’t wait to watch the ladies develop their skills, confidence and fitness.”

Women of all skill levels and ages are invited to take part.

“I trained a lady the other day and she is in her 70s and she will come along –and while it is school holidays I have my five and seven year olds so I will bring them with me,” Ms Martin said.

“It is for any age and any ability, if children come along their parents will have to be present.”

Ms Martin said she has wanted to organise a group like this for a while, now her youngest is at school the timing was right.

“They can do the school drop off, have their bikes in the car and then go for a ride,” she said.

“That is why I decided to start it at 9.15.”

The cycling group is designed to be a work out ride rather than a social ride but in a positive and supportive environment.

All participants must wear a helmet and obey all traffic rules,Ms Martin advises participants to invest in cycling insurance before participating.

Each ride will be no longer than one hour and 15 minutes long andbasic bike handling skills will be taught.

The cycling group will meet at the Mersey Bluff car park every Wednesday.

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Shannon top scorer for EE

Port Lincoln 5/163 def Eastern Eyre 8/162
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SHOT: Liam O’Dea has a swing with wicket keeper Zac Crabb ready to take the ball. O’Dea scored 45 at the Henderson Shield match at Cleve.

EASTERN Eyre hosted Port Lincoln in their A grade Henderson Shield match at Cleve on Saturday, with both sides looking for a win after first round losses, to have any chance of progressing to the final.

Eastern Eyre won the toss and chose to bat, starting poorly, losing in-form captain Mick Noble early, and with some exceptional bowling from the visitors restricting the scoring rate, it was slow going for the hosts.

Atdrinks Eastern Eyre were 4/46.

Eastern Eyre looked to lift the run rate, and despite the loss of regular wickets and some fine bowling, managed to post a competitive 8/162 from their 50 overs, with Ben Shannon top scoring with 74.

Port Lincoln was well served by their bowling attack, with Andrew Frick claiming three wickets.

Port Lincoln began their chase in aggressive fashion, with O’Dea and Watson taking the score past 40 offsix overs,before Watson was bowled by Taheny.

Eastern Eyre managed to stem the flow of runs by claiming a few quick wicketsbut Lincoln would not be denied, motoring towardtheir target in the 26th over, with Frick andLiam O’Dea top scoring with 45 apiece.

Taheny was the pick of Eastern Eyre bowlers with 1/22 off five overs.

ON THE RUN: Mick Noble for Eastern Eyre runs down the ball and stops a second run at the weekends Henderson Shield match in Cleve.

Far West 7/207 def Kimba 134

Far West will contest the final following a comfortable 73-run success against Kimba on Saturday.

Kimba sent thevisitors to the crease and secured the wicket of Jamie Bennett early on, before a solid partnership from Jacob Bennett, 44, and Chris Williams, 35, sent Far West on the path to a commanding total.

Brendan Kloeden helped steady the ship after two quick wickets gave Kimba confidence.

There were important late order runs from Waylon Drew, 20, Josh Seidl, 10, and 11 not out from Charlie Williams.

Andrew Congdon and Shannon Larwood each picked up two wickets for Kimba, the latter dismissing both Jacob Bennett and Chris Williams.

Far West got off to a good start in response with the early wicket of Congdon for four.

A number of batsmen made a start, although could not go on with the job.

Kimba failed to capitalise on those knocks.

The only lower order batsman to reach double figures wasMatt Ramsey, with 10.

When Larwood was finally dismissed to make the score8/133, the home side was on borrowed time.

Far West quickly wrapped up the innings to progress to the final.

Matt Vandeleur made 31 runs, Blair Buchanan 30 and Larwood 33. Jamie Bennett finished with 3/20 from 10 overs.

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