Franklin steers NZ to one-wicket win

Updated 19 January 2013
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Franklin steers NZ to one-wicket win

PAARL, South Africa: James Franklin batted skillfully with the tail to secure a tense one-wicket upset win for New Zealand in the first one-day international against South Africa at Boland Park yesterday.
Franklin hit 47 not out as the last three New Zealand wickets added 104 runs in a low-scoring match after South Africa had been bowled out for 208.
He put on 35 for the eighth wicket with Nathan McCullum (24) and 47 for the ninth wicket with Kyle Mills.
When Mills was bowled by Ryan McLaren for 26 there were still 22 runs needed but Franklin successfully farmed the strike before hitting McLaren through the covers for the winning boundary.
It was a heartening result for New Zealand at the start of the three-match series after they lost both Test matches by an innings.
McLaren seemed to have won the game for South Africa before Franklin’s final flurry of strokes.
He had shared a crucial 59-run sixth wicket partnership with top scorer Faf du Plessis (57) as South Africa were bowled out for 208 after being sent in to bat.
Then McLaren took four for 46. He bowled BJ Watling for 45, trapped Jimmy Neesham two balls later for naught and then broke two late partnerships when he dismissed Nathan McCullum and Mills.
Left-arm opening bowler Mitchell McClenaghan took four for 20 on debut as New Zealand’s bowlers exerted tight control.

McClenaghan took the key wickets of Graeme Smith and captain AB de Villiers and followed up with two late wickets.
Part-time off-spinner Kane Williamson took four for 22 as the South African batsmen failed to master some steady bowling on a slow pitch.
Du Plessis made a dogged 57 off 71 balls.
He hit only three boundaries in a South African innings which included only 12 fours and four sixes.
One of the fours and three of the sixes were hit by tailender Rory Kleinveldt, who hit his sixes off four balls from Mills in making all 26 runs in a last wicket stand with Lonwabo Tsotsobe.
Kleinveldt followed up with the wickets of New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum and all-rounder Grant Elliott to cap a successful debut in 50-over internationals.
McCullum’s decision to send South Africa in to bat paid dividends when the home side’s three most experienced batsmen, Smith, Hashim Amla and captain de Villiers were dismissed within the first 12 overs.



SCOREBOARD
South Africa innings:
H. Amla lbw Mills 13
G. Smith lbw McClenaghan 7
C. Ingram c N. McCullum b Williamson 29
A. de Villiers lbw McClenaghan 7
F. du Plessis c Nicol b Williamson 57
Q. de Kock c N.McCullum b Franklin 18
R. McLaren c B. McCullum b Williamson 33
R. Peterson lbw McClenaghan 0
R. Kleinveldt c Mills b Williamson 26
D. Steyn b McClenaghan 0
L. Tsotsobe not out 0
Extras: 18
Total: (46.2 overs) 208
Fall of wkts: 1-25, 2-27, 3-37, 4-83, 5-119, 6-178, 7-179, 8-182, 9-182, 10-208.
Bowling: Mills 8-1-55-1 (1nb, 2w), McClenaghan 10-2-20-4 (2w), N. McCullum 6-0-34-0, Franklin 10-1-44-1 (2w), Williamson 7.2-0-22-4, Neesham 4-0-22-0 (3w), Elliott 1-0-4-0.

New Zealand innings:
R. Nicol c Smith b Tsotsobe 4
M. Guptill run out (De Villiers) 0
B. Watling b McLaren 45
K. Williamson c Du Plessis b Tsotsobe 5
B. McCullum lbw Kleinveldt 26
G. Elliott c Smith b Kleinveldt 1
J. Franklin not out 47
J. Neesham lbw McLaren 0
N. McCullum lbw McLaren 24
K. Mills b McLaren 26
M. McClenaghan not out 0
Extras: 31
Total: (for 9 wkts, 45.4 overs) 209
Fall of wkts: 1-0, 2-4, 3-21, 4-73, 5-81, 6-105, 7-105, 8-140, 9-187.
Bowling: Steyn 10-3-33-0 (2w), Tsotsobe 8-2-43-2, Kleinveldt 9-0-37-2 (1nb, 9w), McLaren 8.4-0-46-4 (2nb, 3w), Peterson 10-0-37-0.


Curry comes alive to score 35, Warriors rout Rockets by 41

Updated 21 May 2018
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Curry comes alive to score 35, Warriors rout Rockets by 41

OAKLAND, California: Stephen Curry got his groove back to score 35 points with five 3-pointers, shooting over James Harden and driving past the Houston star as the Golden State Warriors made a second-half statement to beat the Rockets 126-85 on Sunday night for a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.
Kevin Durant added 25 points, six rebounds and six assists, while Draymond Green grabbed 17 rebounds to go with 10 points and six assists. The Warriors won an NBA-record 16th consecutive home postseason game, surpassing the Chicago Bulls’ mark of 15 in a row from April 27, 1990-May 21, 1991.
The defending champions got defensive — and maybe a little mad — after a 127-105 Game 2 defeat Wednesday night at Houston, determined to make stops to ignite the transition game and open up 3-point shooters.
And they eventually got Curry going with 18 points on 7-for-7 shooting in the third quarter.
Harden had 20 points and nine assists, while Chris Paul added 13 points and 10 rebounds as they combined to shoot just 12 for 32.
Game 4 is Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.
Curry and Durant each scored five quick points as Golden State opened the third quarter with a 10-0 burst to go ahead 64-43.
Under pressure from Paul, Curry swished a 3 from way back with 5:06 left in the third. He struggled with his long-range shot again early but drove through the paint at every chance.
Curry hit a baseline 3-pointer at the 9:02 mark of the first but missed his next five 3s before going 4 for 5 in the second half. He is now 7 of 25 from long range — he made one in each of the first two games.
The Warriors’ five starters all scored in double figures, the first time they’ve done so this postseason.
Trevor Ariza and Green received a double-technical with 6:49 to play when Ariza shoved Green as they traded words.
Both potent offenses were slow getting rolling as the teams played strong defense.
Harden and Paul began 3 for 14 with Paul missing six shots before getting his first basket on goaltending against Andre Iguodala 2:39 before halftime.
Golden State began getting the looks it liked after halftime. The Warriors faced more stingy, in-the-face pressure from Houston, making it hard to get any early flow shooting. Durant hit his first 3 6:27 before halftime then missed from the deep the next time down.
A moment of silence was held before the national anthem for victims of the Houston school shooting.

TIP-INS
Rockets: The Rockets surrendered 10 fast-break points in the first period while getting none of their own. ... They were outrebounded 49-41 and shot 32 for 80 from the floor.
Warriors: Kevon Looney had two key blocks off the bench in the first. ... Durant notched his 20th straight postseason game with 20 or more points. ... Golden State is 36-5 at home in the playoffs since the 2015 postseason. ... Thompson (1,786) moved past Rick Barry (1,776) for second place on the Warriors’ career postseason scoring list. ... Curry (712) moved past Barry (699) into sole possession for most postseason baskets in franchise history. ... The “Run TMC” trio of Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin were honored with a standing ovation during a first-quarter timeout. On Monday, Richmond will introduce Hardaway as he goes into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame of which Richmond and Mullin are already members.


PAUL’S HEALTH
Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni made the point once again about Paul being healthy: “There’s nothing wrong at all.”
“We’re not going to win without him,” D’Antoni said. “So if he’s got to limp and drag his leg to the finish line, so be it. And he’s ready to do that.”


ORACLE AURA
That deafening, bright yellow sellout crowd was imposing once again.
“Somebody asked me, ‘Is Oracle tough to play?’ Yeah, because the Warriors play here,” D’Antoni said. “There’s a certain energy that their fans will give them and moments they hit two or three 3s you can get a buzz going that helps the home team. You just have to try to keep that crowd out as much as you can.”