KIWI wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum.
KIWI wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum.

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ROUND one of the battle of the Lismore wicketkeepers in the Chappell-Hadlee Cricket Trophy and you could argue that New Zealand 'local' Brendon McCullum has come up trumps.

McCullum is only related to Lismore by marriage through former Caniaba resident Ellissa Arthur ... you could say he is our favourite son-in-law.

The gritty 23-year-old spanked a match-winning 20 runs off 13 balls, not to mention the winning runs, to push New Zealand to an exciting two-ball victory over Australia in Melbourne on Sunday night.

And McCullum believes the amazing come from behind win may have left the Aussies a little shaken.

"I hope so. It's a win under the belt on their home soil," said McCullum.

"We were hurting after the Test matches, quite rightly so, we got a fair drubbing and to come back and turn it around so quickly ... it's certainly a huge momentum shift for us, and hopefully we can take the confidence that we took out of last night into the following two games."

Confidence is something McCullum certainly isn't short of, as evidenced by the cheeky 'shovel shot' he played to the first ball of the last over of the match, which put the Kiwis one-run away from victory.

It was the first time the Kiwis had beaten Australia in the one-day game in more than three years.

McCullum and batsman Hamish Marshall came together with the Black Caps in trouble.

They combined for a partnership of 39, but it was their plundering of Aussie paceman Michael Kasprowicz for 22 runs in the 48th over that turned the match.

Kasper dropped

Kasprowicz then wilted under the pressure and bowled five wides. He's been dropped for tomorrow's return encounter.

McCullum also took a catch behind the stumps and kept neatly.

Meanwhile, Lismore's favourite son, Adam Gilchrist, didn't do much wrong either.

He also took a catch behind the stumps, but it was his batting that was the highlight.

Gilchrist smashed 68 off 54 balls at the top of the order and looked like he would single-handedly take the game away from the Kiwis.

However, when he was bowled by Chris Cairns the Aussie innings lost its way.

Despite Gilchrist's amazing hitting, you have to give a points decision to McCullum.

He came to the crease in a desperate situation and had little time to get his eye in before facing the likes of Brett Lee and Kasprowicz.

If every one-day match is going to end like this when the Lismore wicketkeepers take each other on, then bring on round two.

The Kiwis are approaching tomorrow night's second match at the Sydney Cricket Ground with a degree of caution.

"They're a great side and they'll come back real hard at us," McCullum said.

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