Kiwis put foot down at the MacRobertson Shield

Last updated 05:00 03/01/2014
Chris Clarke
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UNBEATABLE: Chris Clarke notched another win for New Zealand against the United States, playing alongside Paddy Chapman.

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New Zealand hammered another couple of nails in the Unites States coffin as they surged toward an emphatic victory in their MacRobertson Shield international croquet test match in Christchurch.

Taking an unbeatable 11-1 lead into the fourth of five days, the Kiwis scored wins in the opening two doubles matches at Hagley Park yesterday.

At the top of the order, Chris Clarke and Paddy Chapman had another 2-0 win (26-TPO[CC]-16, 26-10) over Danny Huneycutt and Jim Bast, while Jenny Clarke and Greg Bryant also completed a 2-0 win, 26-20 26-12, over Ben Rothman and Rich Lamm.

Toby Garrison and Aaron Westerby were last night locked in a gruelling battle with Jeff Soo and David Maloof in the final doubles match, losing the first game but winning the second to send it to a decider.

The Kiwis led the tie 13-1 with that doubles result and six singles matches today still outstanding.

England claimed victory over Australia with a first-up 2-0 win to No 4 seed Stephen Mulliner, and had extended their lead to 14-3, also with one match still being played last night.

They finish their test with three doubles matches today.

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