THE stage is set for a cracking clash between New Zealand and South Africa as both countries look to reach their first Cricket World Cup Final.
The Black Caps are on home turf in Auckland for the semi-final that gets under way at 1am Tuesday morning and the tight ground’s short, straight boundaries should suit the hosts.
The Kiwis also boast some ace bowlers but the South Africans have plenty of weapons of their own, most notably superstar batsman AB De Villiers.
The bookies make South Africa slight favourites – 4-5 at the likes of Coral and Skybet – while the Black Caps are 6-5 at Sportingbet.
Earlier on Monday it’s the start of cycling showpiece the Volta a Catalunya where Alberto Contador and Chris Froome head a stellar line-up.
It’s billed as part two of the pair’s 2015 duel with Froome having earned a narrow overall victory over the Spaniard at the Vuelta a Andalucia in Febrauary.
Neither of the duo are favourite to bag glory this week – that honour belongs to Alejandro Valverde, 5-2. Then it’s Froome at 5-1 and Contador at 6-1, all with bet365.
For victory in Monday’s opening stage – which starts and ends in the coastal town of Calella and features a trek inland through rolling terrain – Gianni Meersman tops the betting at 4-1 with BetVictor followed by Bryan Coquard (9-2, Paddy Power) and Luka Mezgec (6-1, BetVictor).
Rounding off the Monday action is six NBA matches, including Western south-west leaders Memphis Grizzlies at New York Knicks and a crunch Eastern clash as Boston Celtics visit Brooklyn Nets.
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