West Indies skipper Darren Sammy could snare a few after-dinner speaking roles in this form.
New Zealand are favourites, but the edginess continues as pressure to break winless streak mounts.
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Canterbury have started with a thumping win and a narrow loss at the women's interprovincials golf tournament in Auckland.
Mainland Pride's young captain Lily Alfeld is confident Canterbury can sustain its reputation as the new women's football powerhouse despite a potential mini-exodus.
Crusaders wing Zac Guildford has been linked with French club Clermont.
Christchurch Boys' High opener Daniel Stanley struck a fine century to pave the way to a 155-run victory over Wellington's Scots College at the schoolboy national tournament at Lincoln yesterday.
The Canterbury Rams will open against perennial powerhouse, Wellington's Saints, when they return to the national basketball league next season.
Canterbury secondary school lawn bowlers claimed three of the four major prizes at the New Zealand secondary schools' bowls championship this week.
North Harbour have got off to a perfect start to the national women's interprovincial tournament at the Muriwai Golf Club in West Auckland.
The Canterbury women's golf team knows how important each game is at the interprovincial tournament.
Steve Williams reckons a touch of divine intervention could have been at play in the latest Saloon Speedweek round.
Lydia Ko's public funding is under review and almost certain to be reduced in the wake of her first big win as a professional golfer.
The New Zealand White Sox have lost a world-class hitter for a major transtasman tournament in Auckland this week.
Real-time Snicko is set to join Hot Spot in third umpire Paul Reiffel's kitbag for tomorrow's second cricket test in Wellington.
Peter Fulton has seen a few Basin Reserve pitches in his time, but nothing quite like this.
Defending champions Christchurch Boys' High School were beaten by 66 runs by Mt Albert Grammar in their first match at the national secondary schoolboys' cricket championships at Lincoln yesterday.
Canterbury coach Gary Stead didn't hesitate labelling Saturday's dramatic 10-run Plunket Shield victory over Wellington as one of the best first-class matches he's been involved with as a player or coach.
James Feathery was a surprise victor in the open men's Classic River Race kayak event, holding off Daniel Busch and Hayden Lockie to win in a sprint finish.
Christchurch Boys' High School will look to continue their proud recent record at the schoolboy cricket nationals when the tournament begins at Lincoln today.
Canterbury can claim to be New Zealand's women's football capital after the Mainland Pride emphatically added the national league title to Coastal Spirit's National Knockout Cup triumph.
Runaway leaders Hagley Park entrenched its lead at the top of the premier women's table with another dominant performance beating Waimairi 5-1 on the home grass courts at Hagley Park.
On a racing surface that came about as close to a beach as you'll find, Woodend Beach trainers Greg and Nina Hope thrived at Methven yesterday.
Basin Reserve curator Brett Sipthorpe believes he's produced a pitch to suit the New Zealand team this week.
The Canterbury Red Sox clinched a record 19th consecutive South Island men's softball title yesterday without conceding a run.
The Canterbury Magicians produced a topsy-turvy weekend of displays against Wellington in the national women's cricket league 50-over series in Christchurch.
Lydia Ko is a tournament winner in just her second start since turning professional.
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Red Sox lose two Black Sox internationals but still optimistic of winning South Island softball title.
Tactix netballer's switch to boxing for a night earns high praise from the Mountain Warrior, Shane Cameron.
Canterbury United could field their English striker in tomorrow's crunch national league clash.
Coach believes the Mainland Pride's first grand final could be their best chance of winning the title.
Canterbury AFL team hoping to with their fourth consecutive national title this weekend.
Black Caps still with work to do to beat West Indies - maybe leaving charge too late like against England last season.
Even at the end of an exhausting and exquisite rugby year, the competitor in Kieran Read still burns bright.
Canterbury Magicians women's cricket team score an impressive first-up win over reigning T20 champions Wellington.
A valiant effort by Canterbury came to nought when they missed making the semifinals of the national inter-provincial golf tournament by the narrowest of margins at North Shore yesterday.
FRED WOODCOCK - © Fairfax NZ NewsCaptain Andrew Ellis is crediting a batting tip from an unlikely source as one of the reasons for his excellent double in Canterbury's Plunket Shield match against Wellington
Former Black Caps and Canterbury cricketer Chris Cairns is 'dazed and confused' by allegations.
DUNCAN JOHNSTONE AND AARON LAWTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsICC's investigation of Chris Cairns, Lou Vincent and Daryl Tuffey believed to centre on defunct Indian Twenty20 league.
A dazed and confused Chris Cairns says he is living a recurring nightmare over match-fixing allegations.
With the chance to drive one of the country's best horses Blair Orange intends to make the most of it.
A broken leg and a vacant mount resulted in Brent Jury rushing back for the prestigious Puhinui equestrian event.
MARK GEENTY IN DUNEDIN - © Fairfax NZ NewsAs NZ's cricketers assumed their most dominant position in recent memory, a pall was cast across University Oval.
Embattled former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns last night took immediate leave from his Sky commentary.
Twenty-two of the best NZ Saloon drivers take to the track tonight as the 2013 Speed Week gets underway.
Chance to avenge T20 final loss to Wellington not foremost in the Canterbury women's cricket team's mind.
World champ medallist Linda Villumsen headlines a strong women's field in this weekend's Festival of Cycling.
Canterbury regroup to remain on top after the second day of their Plunket Shield match with Wellington.
A little more luck and fewer opposition could be the key to success for Captain Todd at Riccarton today.
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