LITESPORT London Lite Friday, 10 July 2009 43 ThE auSSIES bREakIng nEwS... Stan cranks up his stake in Arsenal to nearly 30% STAN KROENKE has purchased a further 160 shares in Arsenal to take his total holding of the Premier League club to 28.58 percent. Last year, American businessman Kroenke (above) accepted an invitation to join the Gunners board and he is currently the clubs largest shareholder. News of the latest purchase sees the Kroenke Enterprise Group edge ever closer to the 30 per cent threshold, whereby they would be obliged to make a takeover bid. However, it has been reported Kroenke has no intentions of any such move, with chief executive Ivan Gazidis recently stating Arsenals current capital structure is very efficient. This week, Arsenals second-largest stakeholder, Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, saw a proposal for a rights issue of new shares to generate cash for new signings rejected by the Gunners board. Gazidis said this maintained the clubs self-financing status. Gooseblitzas Montgomerie facesthecut COURSE record holder Retief Goosen was at it again at Loch Lomond today with a second-round 63 at the Scottish Open. The 2001 champion, whose record 62 actually came four years earlier than that, had an eagle and seven birdies to move from joint 17th overnight into a two-stroke lunchtime advantage over Australian Adam Scott. But while Goosen moved impressively on to the 11-under-par mark of 131, Colin Montgomerie, 46, was assuming he had missed the halfway cut for the third time in a row -- despite closing with four birdies in a 69 for level par. He admitted: Im not playing very well at all. captain cesc on his way? page 37 late for Swann Simons the kat whos got the creamafterfirstashescentury AUSTRALIA centurion Simon Katich revealed how special he now finds playing, saying: Im just happy to be back in the team. Ive just tried to cherish each Test match. Katich was eventually dismissed for 122 this morning while Ricky Ponting moved onto 141 as Australia reached an imposing 318 for two in reply to Englands 435 in the first Ashes Test in Cardiff. Katich struggled on the 2005 tour and subsequently lost his place in the side. He returned last year at the top of the order and now looks a completely different player. Four years ago hurt, Katich said. You do not forget that hurt, so there are a few of us keen to make amends for that tour. Those players want to turn it around from last time. We were bitterly disappointed with how we played. I am certainly playing much better now than I did then. I struggled to hit the ball straight in 2005 and I had to work on my balance when I was dropped from the side later that year. I had a lot of help which has turned me into a far more confident player. I feel much better at the crease and Im finding that Im hitting the ball much straighter. Batting at the top of the order has helped me a lot. That is where I have played for most of my career. by james goldman Not out: Swanns appeal against Katich is turned down loch of the irish: page 39 We only swing when were winning: Ricky Pontings marathon stay at the crease is ended by Monty Panesar, left, while Jimmy Anderson did the damage earlier by trapping Simon Katich lbw, above, and is congratulated by his teammates after taking Michael Hussey, top HH lunchtimescoreboard ENGLAND, 1St INNINGS A Strauss c Clarke b Johnson......................30 A Cook c Hussey b Hilfenhaus ....................10 R Bopara c Hughes b Johnson......................35 K Pietersen c Katich b Hauritz.................... 69 P Collingwood c Haddin b Hilfenhaus........64 M Prior b Siddle.............................................. 56 A Flintoff b Siddle...........................................37 J Anderson c Hussey b Hauritz.................... 26 S Broad b Johnson..........................................19 G Swann not out............................................47 M Panesar c Ponting b Hauritz ......................4 Extras (b13, lb11, nb12, w2)....................... 38 Total ...........................................................435 Fall: 1-21, 2-67, 3-90, 4-228, 5-241, 6-327, 7-329, 8-355, 9-423, 10-435. Bowling: Johnson 22-2-87-3; Hilfenhaus 27-5-77-2; Siddle 27-3-121-2; Hauritz 23.5-1-95- 3; Clarke; 5-0-20-0; Katich 2-0-11-0. AUStRALIA, 1St INNINGS P Hughes c Prior b Flintoff........................... 36 S Katich lbw Anderson ................................122 R Ponting b Panesar ................................... 150 M Hussey c Prior b Anderson .........................3 M Clarke not out ............................................19 M North not out .............................................. 0 Extras (lb11, nb5, w2) .................................18 Total (4 wickets, 99 overs).....................348 Fall: 1-60, 2-299, 3-325, 4-331 Bowling: J Anderson 20-3-74-2; S Broad 17-2-82- 0; G Swann 22-7-62-0; A Flintoff 22-3-74-1; M Panesar 18-4-45-1. index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html