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Cricket fan hit on head with ball in Dunedin – New Zealand v England

VIDEO: Knocked for six! Cricket fan is clobbered on the head as Kiwi openers punish lacklustre England

By
Joe Ridge

PUBLISHED:

11:45 GMT, 7 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:16 GMT, 7 March 2013

Just one six was hit on the second day of the first Test between New Zealand and England and Dunedin – but one poor lad wore it right on his temple.

Having skittled England out for a pitiful 167, Kiwi openers Hamish Rutherford and Peter Fulton had seen off the new ball and were just settling into their stride when Monty Panesar was brought into the attack by Alastair Cook.

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Clean hit: Hamish Rutherford launches Monty Panesar towards the long on boundary

Clean hit: Hamish Rutherford launches Monty Panesar towards the long on boundary

Incoming: Hamish Rutherford launches Monty Panesar towards the long on boundary

But while the watching public were waiting to see if the spinner could extract any turn from a decent pitch, one unlucky punter took his eye off the ball as the left-handed Rutherford sent the ball sailing over the long-on rope.

The ball clattered into the unsuspecting spectator's head but don't worry, he's OK, and he'll have it all on tape to look back on – once the swelling has gone down, of course.

Unsuspecting: The fan is seen chatting to friends just before the ball hits him

Unsuspecting: The fan is seen chatting to friends just before the ball hits him

Unsuspecting: The fan is seen chatting to friends just before the ball hits him

Stinger: The fan is in pain, but he's OK

Stinger: The fan is in pain, but he's OK

VIDEO: Watch fan get hit on the head by Hamish Rutherford six

Stumped! Cricket ball hits fan on the head

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New Zealand name Mike Hesson as new cricket coach

New Zealand name Hesson as new cricket coach after Wright stands down

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UPDATED:

07:50 GMT, 20 July 2012

Former Otago and Kenya coach Mike Hesson has been appointed New Zealand coach on a deal which runs until the end of the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

The withdrawal of Matthew Mott from consideration left Hesson the last man standing for the job of succeeding John Wright, who announced in May that he would not be extending his contract.

The 37-year-old Hesson feels privileged to have been handed the role.

New man in charge: Mike Hesson takes over the New Zealand cricket team

New man in charge: Mike Hesson takes over the New Zealand cricket team

'I'm a proud Kiwi and very much a true believer in New Zealand cricket,' he said at a press conference in Auckland. 'That means I honour the cricket traditions but it also means I am excited about the future of cricket in New Zealand.

'I haven't been appointed to warm the seat for a couple of years and I feel confident I am certainly going to bring some value to the role.'

Hesson's first assignment will be to take the New Zealand team to India after the completion of the tour to the West Indies, when Wright bows out.

'Having the opportunity to coach the Black Caps is very special for me,' Hesson added.

'I am passionate about cricket in New Zealand and doing the best job I can for the players and the fans of cricket in this country.'

'My coaching philosophy is essentially built around setting world-class standards to produce excellence and that's what I intend to do with the Black Caps.

'It's a big challenge but one I'm ready for and excited about.”

He will become New Zealand's fourth coach in as many years since the departure of the last long-term incumbent, John Bracewell, in December 2008.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White was thrilled to have secured Hesson's services for the next three years.

'Mike has all the right attributes we are looking for in a national coach and we are delighted have him through to the ICC World Cup 2015,' White said.

White outlined what he called a “rigorous” recruitment process, which had seen 26 potential coaches around the world contacted.

Four contenders entered an interview process which involved White, NZC's director of cricket John Buchanan, board member Rob Hart, NZ high performance sport chief executive Alex Baumann and former national captain Stephen Fleming.

The panel had been unanimous in the choice of Hesson, according to White, and the NZC board had endorsed that decision.

White added: 'It's been a lengthy process, but we've been absolutely conscious of getting the right person and we are very, very confident we have got the right person.

'He's very well organised, he's got great management skills, great communication skills, technically he's very sound as a coach as well and I know that he will empower not only the players but also the support staff as well. The team will very much function as one.'

Harlequins 20 Gloucester 14: Care drives Quins home to keep Cup dream alive

Harlequins 20 Gloucester 14: Care drives Quins home to keep Cup dream alive

Danny Care and Mike Brown combined to
snatch a late win for jittery Harlequins and keep their Heineken Cup
hopes alive. Quins also shattered any lingering European dreams for Mike
Tindall and Gloucester.

Care may have blown his Six Nations
chances after his drinkdriving offence. But it was his vision that gave
Brown – pushing Ben Foden hard for the England full back's jersey
against Scotland on February 4 – the chance to score the match-winning
try and continue his sensational form.

Touch down: Matt Hopper dives over to score for Harlequins

Touch down: Matt Hopper dives over to score for Harlequins

With Toulouse earning a bonuspoint win over Connacht earlier in the day, the onus was on Quins to try and match them. Failing that, they at least had to win to have a chance of topping Pool 6 or finishing as one of the two best runnersup of the six groups.

The sight of Nick Evans practising his kicks before the start of this crunch European tie must have warmed the hearts of Quins fans, with the former All Black returning from a hand injury.

Evans had the chance to settle the nerves in the second minute but skewed his penalty wide and then watched his young counterpart, Freddie Burns, give the visitors an 11th-minute lead with a penalty. Normal service appeared to be resumed when Evans equalised in the 13th minute and then slotted a conversion six minutes later after Matt Hopper had eluded Scott Lawson to scamper over.

The try had been set up by Evans, whose neat tip gave Brown and then Ugo Monye room to run. Burns missed with his second penalty attempt.

Holding on: Ugo Monye of Quins is tackled by Charlie Sharples of Gloucester

Holding on: Ugo Monye of Quins is tackled by Charlie Sharples of Gloucester

On the half hour, James Simpson- Daniel outsprinted the Quins defence before darting back inside to score and with Burns converting the try, the visitors took a lead which they maintained until the break. Evans missed his second penalty just before the interval.

The Kiwi had the chance to make amends five minutes into the second half but missed for the third time before nailing an easier chance in the 47th minute after Luke Narraway's high tackle on Brown.

Seven minutes later a Burns penalty restored Gloucester's onepoint lead. The young stand off had the chance to increase it to four but fluffed his chance.

This propelled Quins into a concerted push close to the Gloucester line. Between the 64th and 70th minutes, scrum after scrum set and re-set, with Care putting the ball in on each occasion.

Middle man: Jonny May of Gloucester is tackled by Mike Brown and Tom Williams of Quins

Middle man: Jonny May of Gloucester is tackled by Mike Brown and Tom Williams of Quins

Eventually, Gloucester prop Nick Wood was sent to the sin bin for a technical infringement by French referee Pascal Gauzere and Care believed he had scampered over for a try, but the official blew for a Gloucester penalty instead.

The visitors finally buckled with only six minutes to go. Care produced a deft chip with the outside of his right boot and when the bobbling ball bounced off Charlie Sharples' shin, Brown was first to pounce and score. The Aviva Premiership player of December punched the air with joy and then watched Evans convert.

It now all boils down to next Friday night. Harlequins travel to play Connacht while Toulouse, two points clear of Quins at the top of Pool Six, go to Gloucester. For Quins – likely to be one of only two English teams in the quarterfinals, along with Saracens – the quest to add to last May's Amlin Cup success is still on.

Whether they enjoy a home tie as pool winners or a nasty away trip in the knockout stages will all be revealed at the end of this week.