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Nov 26, 2014

Interview – Hughes blow takes Chatfield back to 1970s blackout

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Phillip Hughes’ fight for survival from a severe head injury has prompted a wave of sympathy across the globe, not least from former New Zealand cricketer Ewen Chatfield, who was nearly killed by a fast delivery in the 1970s.

Chatfield played 43 tests, ending his international career in 1989, but his debut against England 14 years earlier remains memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Nov 26, 2014

Hughes blow takes Chatfield back to 1970s blackout

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Phillip Hughes’ fight for survival from a severe head injury has prompted a wave of sympathy across the globe, not least from former New Zealand cricketer Ewen Chatfield, who was nearly killed by a fast delivery in the 1970s.

Chatfield played 43 tests, ending his international career in 1989, but his debut against England 14 years earlier remains memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Nov 26, 2014

Cricket-Hughes blow takes Chatfield back to 1970s blackout

MELBOURNE, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Phillip Hughes’ fight for survival from a severe head injury has prompted a wave of sympathy across the globe, not least from former New Zealand cricketer Ewen Chatfield, who was nearly killed by a fast delivery in the 1970s.

Chatfield played 43 tests, ending his international career in 1989, but his debut against England 14 years earlier remains memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Nov 26, 2014

Fast bowlers rush to Abbott’s defence after Hughes blow

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – As the global cricket community prays for Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes’ recovery from a severe head injury, fast bowlers rushed to the defence of Sean Abbott, whose short-pitched ball struck the batsman and left him fighting for his life.

Abbott and his New South Wales team mates received counselling on Wednesday, while Hughes lay in an induced coma at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney after having surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.

Nov 26, 2014

Cricket-Fast bowlers rush to Abbott’s defence after Hughes blow

MELBOURNE, Nov 26 (Reuters) – As the global cricket community prays for Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes’ recovery from a severe head injury, fast bowlers rushed to the defence of Sean Abbott, whose short-pitched ball struck the batsman and left him fighting for his life.

Abbott and his New South Wales team mates received counselling on Wednesday, while Hughes lay in an induced coma at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney after having surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.

Nov 23, 2014

Scott says in good shape for McIlroy showdown in Sydney

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Adam Scott’s bid for an unprecedented hat-trick of titles at his home Australian Masters fell agonizingly short on Sunday, but the world number two declared himself in good shape ahead of his re-match with Rory McIlroy at the Australian Open this week.

Scott bogeyed his last hole in Sydney last year to lose the Australian Open title to McIlroy, which also cost the Australian a rare sweep of his nation’s three marquee events.

Nov 23, 2014

Golf-Scott denied by masterful bunker shot in Melbourne

MELBOURNE, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Nick Cullen nervelessly struck a sublime bunker shot for a tap-in par putt on the last hole to win the Australian Masters by a stroke in Melbourne and frustrate Adam Scott’s bid for a hat-trick of titles on Sunday.

Clinging to a one-stroke lead on the 18th, Cullen’s approach shot found a steep sand-trap left of the green, but the unheralded South Australian put his recovery within two feet of the hole to seal the biggest win of his career on a sun-drenched afternoon at Metropolitan Golf Club.

Nov 22, 2014

Spargo leads in Melbourne with Scott primed to pounce

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – South Australian journeyman Paul Spargo will take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Australian Masters after shooting a one-under 71 on Saturday, with double defending champion Adam Scott lurking four strokes behind.

World number two Scott rued a bogey-strewn front nine but made up ground with four birdies after the turn during a hot and windy afternoon at Metropolitan Golf Club.

Nov 21, 2014

Surprise leader Wright steals spotlight in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Unheralded Queenslander Michael Wright broke clear of a logjam atop the Australian Masters leaderboard to take a two-shot lead after the second round on Friday, while double defending champion Adam Scott battled hard to keep in touch.

Scott shot a four-under 68 on a glorious afternoon at Melbourne’s Metropolitan Golf Club, but the world number two remained six strokes off the pace and behind a lengthy list of local tour grafters.

Nov 20, 2014

Australian world record holder Gibson looking for new mark

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Rhein Gibson’s astonishing 55 at an Oklahoma golf course etched his name in the Guiness World Records but the unheralded Australian pro is determined to cast off the tag of “one-hit wonder”.

Gibson’s 2012 round of 16-under at River Oaks Golf Club in Edmond, Oklahoma, was confirmed as the lowest 18-hole score last year, an unforgettable feat for a 28-year-old who has grafted mostly in lower-tier competitions in the United States and Asia.

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