Neighbours no ball Bracewell

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Residents who live near Black Cap Doug Bracewell say they are fed up with the parties being held at his Te Awa home.

The New Zealand fast bowler was ruled out of the first test against England starting today after he cut his foot on glass cleaning up after a party at his Napier home.

One resident said they were "sick of it". "It's not so much Doug but his flatmates, I think," he said. "But he's got to be responsible to a certain extent because he owns the home.

"Sure they can have a party, because everybody likes to have a party, but if they think of their neighbours ... I'm sure the neighbours will be quite happy with it," another one said.

Both declined to be named, but said they hoped recent developments would act as a wake up call.

"Let's hope it's all over, we don't want any animosity in the street. We don't want to ruin the guy's career. I think he might've learnt [his lesson]. He's a good sportsman and it shouldn't be detrimental to his future at this stage. He's had the warning and let bygones be bygones."

The New Zealand fast bowler was also reminded of his obligations and responsibilities as a contracted player by New Zealand Cricket.

Black Caps manager Mike Sandle said he spoke with Bracewell and expressed his disappointment over the injury and the unwelcome attention he had brought to the team just days out from a test. "Doug is very sorry for any inconvenience he has caused his teammates and members of the public, and he has apologised to his neighbour in Napier."

- HAWKES BAY TODAY

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