The Age from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on December 27, 1972 · Page 24
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The Age from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia · Page 24

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Wednesday, December 27, 1972
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JACK KAY AND THE MANAGEMENT, MARIO ANO DIANNI ZANNETTI Wish all their patrons a prosperous New Year MATADOR ROOM HOTEL CECIL dir. Lonsdale Qtim Streets, MtlbouriM. 67 711 Wednesday December 27, 1972 36,697 Page 24 THE AGE HENRI WINTERMANS Opening day shocks in Australian tennis championships at Kooyong witch to uter son mild fully imported cigars Rosewall and. Ander out go By PETER STONE What a nightmare! Ken Rosewall and Mai Anderson, the two men who brought tennis back to Australia just 12 months ago, beaten in the second round of the national championships at Kooyong yesterday. First it was Anderson to fall. He was beaten by former national serviceman Bob Giltinan on an outside court. Then, just minutes later, it was all over on the centre court when Rosewall went down to West German, Karl Meiler. And to add to the Indignity of It all, Australian Davis Cup player Colin Dibley was knocked out by an unknown Hungarian, Szaby Baranyi. Perhaps to some it was the end of the champion" ships. Who was left? Rosewall, the No. 1 seed, was out; Anderson, the No. 3 seed, was out, and Dibley, the No. 7 seed, was out. But the president of the Lawn Tennis Association of Australia, Mr. Wayne Reid, wasn't so pessimistic. "Last year, when Rosewall, Anderson, Sedgman D ramatic stand by Talat From PERCY BEAMES ADELAIDE. Congratulations seemed to be in order . . . the first Test against Pakistan had been won or so the Australian players believed. They had started to troop off the Adelaide oval, but they had overlooked one small detail Pakistan opening batsman Talat Ali Malik. He had been ruled out of the Test, if not the rest of the Australian tour, because of a double fracture of the right thumb, received when he was hit by a short ball from Dennis Lillee in the first innings. And when Pakistan's ninth wicket fell yesterday with the dismissal of captain Intikhab Alam, . magnificently caught by Greg Chappell, Pakistan was 9214 and the Test was history. Australia was 114 runs ahead. But it was then that Pakistan pulled the greatest piece of cricket drama seen in Test cricket that even those fanatics with long memories can recall. The Australian players were signalled from the Pakistan dressing room to stay on the field, and Talat made his way to the crease to perform a dramatic, one-handed batting feat. Talat used only hi left hand to deal with nine deliveries from Australia's spinning star, Ashley Mallett, to stay at the crease for eight minutes. His right hand and injured thumb, which was heavily protected with bandages, was carried behind his back for safety. : If putting off the inevitable for another day means anything it would if today's play was washed out the move was successful, and highly praiseworthy. But a cold shiver runs down my back when I think of what might have happened had one-handed Talat been forced to face even one delivery from Lillee. It could have happened. The unexpected drama did not end 'with Talat taking the crease, but remained right until the last ball of the day, bowled by Mallett. The off-spinner managed to find the inside edge of the bat and force a snick that carried waist high to the right-hand side of Ian Redpath, fielding at short backward leg. If Redpath had taken the catch the move of sending Talat into bat would have been proved a needless risk in the last few minutes play that went on to stumps. Redpath got his hands to the catch, juggled the ball, then lost it, so the Talat batting drama will have its second episode today. Mallett was the bowler who went within one wicket of putting the finishing touches to the Test yesterday. Turning on his best Test performance the SA off-spinner took seven wickets for 59 after sending down 23, overs. It surpassed his previous best performance of 664 against India in the third Test at Delhi, in 1969. Twice in the innings Mallett took wickets off consecutive deliveries and had chances to take a hat-trick. He dismissed left hand opening batsman Sadiq with the third ball of his 14th over, then had Asif Iqbal caught next delivery. The defensive bat of Intikhab Alam kept the next Mallett delivery out. Then, when Mushtaq was out leg before Mallett induced wicketkeeper Wasim to lift the next delivery out to deep mid-on for a catch to O'Keeffe. Again the hat-trick chance slipped away when Saleem Altaf successfully packed up to the next ball. Mallett bowled well, but his figures suggested the off-spinner was nearly unplayable. He was nothing like that dangerous, but bowled intelligently and took advantage of some helpful turn from the pitch. Experienced English batsmen would not have made things so easy for him. The start of play was delayed by rain for 205 minutes, and when Mallett, first with Lillee, then with spin partner Kerry O'Keeffe, had bowled for an hour without causing Sadiq and Mushtaq undue concern, Pakistan had reason to believe the fight back would be carried deep Into today. Clever bowling started the collapse. Mallett kept altering his angle and turn to Sadiq by switching from over to around the wicket. Sadiq was drawn forward to a cleverly flighted ball, and his straight drive was hit shoulder high for a smart caught and bowled effort. That started Mallett off on a rich four-wicket "bag" for seven runs off 19 deliveries. AUSTRALIA First Innings 5M PAKISTAN First Innings 287 Second Innings Runs Mln. SADIQ, c and b Mallett 81 215 SAhbU, low, d maueti su ABBAS, c Marsh, b O'Keclre 0 KKAn, c I. nappeu, d niaiicu u MUSIITAO. Ibw. b Mailed IQBAL, c G. Chappell, b Mallett ALAM, 0 G. Chappell. b Lillee . . WASIM, c O'KecRe, b Mallett .. MASOOD, c Marsh, b Mallett .. SALEEM, n.o TALAT, n.o. Sundries (3 byes, 4 leg-byes, 3 no-balls, I wide) II 118 4 21 86 I 59 I 12 62 8 Total for nine wickets 214 Batting Time: 302 mln. Alam hit one 6. Fall: 88, 88, III, 162, 182, 182, 182, 211, 214. BOWLING (O.M.R.W.)l Lillee. 14-2-53-1; Mnssle, 9-3-28-0; 0. Chappell, 4-0-21-0; Mallett, 23-6-59-7; O'Keeffe, 14-1-44-1. Attendance; 2018; Rccrplts, (1262.50, Match attendance, 30,203) Match receipts, (21,327, f and Rose were winning, everyone was asking what was wrong with the younger players. Now they are saying the old players have had it," he said To see Rosewall In his 2-6, 3-6, 2-6 defeat at the hands of 23-year-old Meiler yesterday you would think he has no future in tennis. r It just wasn't the vintage Rosewall stuff we have come to expect from the Little Master. He seldom middled the ball, and was generally out-manoeuvred by the West German. Rosewall would not have said that he had been taking antibiotics for a throat infection unless he had been asked. Nor would he have admitted to feeling poorly when he played unless he had been asked. His first words when he came off the court were: "The way I played I deserved to lose. But make no . mistake he's a very good player. . "I had no feeling in my racquet. I couldn't get the ball moving the way I wanted it to. - "Naturally, it's a big disappointment to me because I played so badly. But why talk about it? I want ; to forget it." Did the loss cause Rosewall to wonder about his : future ? "I'm going to forget all about it. Tennis is my life and I'm not about to let this defeat upset me," Rosewall said. ' "It seems funny, but on the very first point I RIGHT: If Ken Rosewall looks bewildered as he checks the scoreboard during his match in the Australian tennis titles at Kooyong yesterday, it's because he is. There's the reason below , . BELOW: Virtual unknown Karl Meiler, of West Germany, bangs down another power serve against Rosewall. Meiler handed out a sound defeat to the veteran Australian champion. fell over, and I thought, 'well, that's a good start", and from there I went downhill. "I don't like to go out so early, nor so easily, because it must affect the tournament, but there it is," Rosewall said. He had not even entered in the doubles, because he had been reserving his full energies for the singles championship, which he won last season. But apart from Rosewall's lethargy, it was the West German's great service and return of service that brought about the world champion's downfall. Meiler's short shots left Rosewall stranded, and his volleys, both deep and short, left the little man perplexed. But, as Meiler admitted, he went on to the court . with a devil-may-care attitude. He had no name to protect, but certainly a lot to gain. Meiler was modest in victory . : . "I don't overestimate the success, because Rosewall wasn't playing too well," he said. . A former X-ray purchasing officer from Erlangen, near Nuremberg, Meiler was forced to take two years off from tennis in 1969 and 1970 because of shoulder and wrist injuries. He still wears a heavy strapping on his right wrist. - But he came back at the start of last year and has performed well in the smaller European clay court events. This year he estimates he fias made 'ri? , " ' r . , - TuIJ Hunter Cup heats start Six to set pace By GRAEME SCOTT Six pacers look certain to dominate the first round of the A. G. Hunter Cup heats at the Showgrounds tonight. Globe Score, Alipes, Deep Court, Reichman, Welcome Advice and Mon-ara, stand head and shoulders above the remaining 18 starters iin the three divisions. Fortunately those six have been divided equally into the three heats. The first heat is a match between South Australian star, Globe Score, and local mare Alipes. Interstate bookmakers have made Globe Score a 45 favorite from Alipes at 72. All others are double figure odds. Last month Globe Score won his heat of the Melbourne Pacing Cup, and then finished an unlucky second behind Rhodonite in the final. v He has drawn handily in barrier three tonight, and in that position has a decided advantage over Alipes, who will start from the outside of the second row. The Ballarat-trained speedster Reich-man is being quoted, at 25 in the second heat, and should win easily. Again there appears to be only one danger Deep Court. The third division will provide the greatest attraction for the night, with Inter-Dominion winner Welcome Advice and runner-up Monara very evenly matched. ' Both have drawn the front row, . but Monara, a brilliant beginner from a standing start, should take up the early running. If he goes straight to the front, it Is doubtful whether Welcome Advice can come from behind and beat him. In Interstate markets, Welcome Advice is favorite at even money, with Monara close handy on 54. Inside . . . Mornington race guide 23. O Nighf trots guide 21. approximately SUS10.000 (compared with the $130,000 that Rosewall has made in 1972). He was ranked No. 5 in Germany last year, but has never played Davis Cup for his country. Meiler admits that he is only just breaking better than even from tennis, and is disappointed that he is not receiving any assistance to play the Australian circuit. "I have to pay everything for myself, but maybe after today it will be a different story," he said. Anderson, who beat John Newcombe in the quarter-finals of the national title last year, but was beaten by Rosewall in the final, was a bitterly disappointed man, but said he had only himself to blame. Anderson decided when the Tasmanian titles were washed out over the weekend to return to Queensland for Christmas, and he arrived in Melbourne at 2.30 p.m. yesterday afternoon, just 30 minutes before his match against Giltinan. "I'm a fool, and I realise it now. That is no way to go into a match in the Australian championships," Anderson said. For Giltinan it was a great victory, and one which proved he has suffered little from 18 months in the army. He was discharged last Thursday from national service, and he had said before going on to the court that tennis was again his career and he was going to make the most of it. Victoria set 355 Bold act by Taber By PETER McFARLINE The spirit came back to Christmas cricket at the MCG last night . . . New South Wales Shield captain Brian Taber made a generous declaration. wei tr gilts ainer By LINDSAY MUDGE An angry part-owner and trainer lashed out yesterday at the system by which racehorses are handicapped. He closed his side's second innings against Victoria at the stumps score of 6344. Victoria thus has to make 355 in 330 minutes today to win. As Taber said: "If they get the runs, they deserve to win. It's been a great game the best I've played in here." Victorian captain . John Scholes set the scene when he declared his side's first innings closed yesterday morning at 7305 10 runs behind NSW. It is the first time this season at the MCG that daring declarations have paved the way for a grandstand finish. And it should bring results at least from an attendance point of view. Taber was able to make a game of it because of some scintillating batting by his team-mates. Doug Walters kept to the pattern of his cricketing life with a brilliant 133 following a first innings failure. Alan Turner hit 68, Stuart Webster 36 and Gary Gilmour 29 not out in the day innings that most would have thought impossible after NSW's disastrous 210 start yesterday morning. Ross Collins made 61 but, in the interest of cricket, the less said about it the better. Collins made his runs in 223 minutes; with six 4s. His 50 took 138 minutes, and he languished on 58 for 51 minutes before scoring another run. 4n that time, he faced 60 balls from fast bowler Alan Hurst alone without bothering the scorers. During Collins' period of inertia, Doug Walters went from 77 to 122. Slips- fieldsman Alan Sieler had every reason to feel proud when he caught Collins off "Froggy" Thomson. Both had done cricket a service, far more than had been done when Sieler and Graeme Yallop dropped him at 11 and 53 respectively. Walters' 133, made in 228 minutes with 15 4s and a 6, showed what he could do when he applied himself. He ignored balls outside the off stump, played straighter than he has for seasons and probably needs only another big hand to book himself a quick trip to the West Indies late next month. Turner, touted as a future Test player two years ago, certainly looked it yesterday. His straight driving of Thomson, Hurst, Max Walker and Jim Higgs was a treat. In fact, no-one in this vintage batting year at the MCG has hit the ball harder in front of the wicket. The Victorian bowlers labored on an unsympathetic wicket. Hurst captured the wickets of Ron Crippin (0) and Allan Anderson (2) in his first two overs but Walters and friend (Collins) added 194 in 210 minutes, although Collins was beaten by the ball countless times. The rest of the bowlers were ordinary, particularly spinners Higgs, Sieler and Peter Bedford. New Test bowler Max Walker was used sparingly by Scholes, but took the wicket of Webster with the best ball of the day an off-cutter. "Handicaping should be handed over to the. computer," declared Geoff Robertson after his horse, El D'Amour, had lumped 63 kg to a narrow win in the Tooronga Handicap (2000m). "It is absolutely ridiculous the weights El D'Amour is being asked to carry in the city in view of the number of races he has won." Mr. Robertson said the whole handicapping system needed to be reviewed. Discrepancies in weighting left much to be desired and racing people were demanding a better system. Last night, VATC handi-capper (Mr. Ted Williams), partly agreed with Mr. Robertson. "I think that all form will be computerised in 10 years, but the opinion of the handicapper will still be needed to frame the actual weights," he said. Punters had worrying moments in the straight yesterday when top country jockey Michael Cook , had to use all his vigor to get hot 54 favorite home by a long neck from Telling (251). Telling, ridden by apprentice Peter Hulland, carried only 47' kg. Mr. Robertson said: "I am so disappointed with the weight El D'Amour is receiving that he will miss the city over the New Year period, and race at Burrum-beet on Monday. "I cannot understand why El D'Amour should be given 63 kg today and 58 kg for the Burrumbeet Cup." Mr. Williams, who frames weights for Caulfield and Sandown, said the system of computerising form was already being used in England. "The system works well, although the actual weight ing is still the job of the handicapper," he said. Mr. Williams said art Australia-wide system of computing universal form for handicappers would be of major assistance. This would overcome the risk of some form being overlooked. "I am convinced that the science of handicapping will be advanced a great deal by computerisation, but the computer is still only as good as the information which is fed into it," Mr. Williams said. A senior racing official said he considered computerisation could prove of tremendous assistance to city and country handicapping. Hot rod derby to Australian CHRISTCHURCH, Dec. 26. Experienced Australian supermodified hot rod driver, W. Warner, convincingly won the final of the South Pacific Derby, held over 15 laps at the Templeton speedway on Saturday night. Driving a 600-brake horsepower V8 Holden, Warner led from start to finish. MORNINGTON RACES TODAY 9 RACES 1st Race 1.20 p.m. Special Train leaves Spencw- St. at 11 a.m. Stops FUnde.-,., St.. Caulfield. Mordialloc. Frankston. Free Bus from Mornington to . Course. Buses leave opposite Forum Theatre. L. G. CARR, Secretary. NEW SOUTH WALES. First Innings SIS. VICTORIA, First Innings 7303 dec. Second Innings R. CRIPPEN, b Hurst A. ANDERSON, c Bedford, b Hurst .. .. R. COLLINS, c Sieler, b Thomson . . D. WALTERS, c Robinson, b Thomson .. .. A. TURNER, c Baldry, b Hurst s. WEBSTER, b walker G. GILMOUR, n.o J. THOMSON, n.O. .. Sundries (9 b., 4 I.b., I n.b.) TOTAL for six wickets (dec.) Fall: 0, 10, 204, 234, 291, 321. Walters hit one 6. BOWLING BOWLING (O. M. R. W.). A. Hurst 20-S-92-3; A. Thomson Runs Mln. 4s 0 3 2 16 . 61 223 . 133 22S I5 .m 8 . 36 62 S . 2 26 3 S g 1 . 10 ."344 15-2-61-2; M. Walker 11-2-53-1; I -0-1 1-0; A. Sieler 11-0-52-0. i. Higgs 13-1-65-0; P. Bedford Umpires: J, Collins, K. Butler. Attendance! il4; reccpltsi 12201. V lly flf ms For all summer sporting news Racing, Trotting and the Dogs; for Test Cricket and Shield; for everything from Big Tennis to beautiful birds on the beach if it's summer sport you're after, Nine's the name of the game. 6.30 Notional Nine News, Sport and Weather 7.00 This is your Life 7.30 The Smith Family 8.00 Division 4 9.00 Wednesday Movie (A). "The Gypsy and the Gentleman" (1958). Stars: Melina Mercouri, Keith Mitchell, Flora Robson. 10.45 National Nine News Gel the Channel 9 leeling Registered for poitlng ss a newspaper Category B and registered as a newspaper at the British fon ofnet.

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