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Lager Louts Ruin Aussie Thrashing

Cricket hooligans who threw beer cans and invaded the pitch at yesterday's one-day-match between New Zealand and Australia in Dunedin have caused an outcry from both the match organisers and the NZ Captain.

The incidents started after umpires made a controversial decision ruling that Adam Pararore given an out hit wicket after a high Australian bowl hit him on the head disloging his helmet onto the cricket stumps.

Lager louts incensed at the decision which would normally have been ruled a no ball because its height pelted the Australian team with beercans and later tried to invade the pitch.

Both New Zealand Captain Stephen Fleming and NZ Cricket Chief Executive Chris Doig, said they were disappointed about the incident although Fleming also expressed unhappiness with the umpires' decision calling it a "unique" judgement.

An annoyed Doig said the International Cricket Council was determined to hold ground authorities responsible for the behaviour of cricket patrons because the stadium had allowed to sell beer in cans at the match.

Reports from people attending the game said that while there was an alcohol ban in force bringing in alcohol to the stadium, ground-staff made little effort to search bags that were too large and told patrons to "scull" their beverages before they entered the match.

This seems to conflict a statement from the venue manager which said doormen to the stadium would not let in intoxicated spectators.

This extra encouragement from kiwi cricket fans didn't not help the New Zealand teams performance with Australian winning the match by a convincing 50 runs.



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