As I mentioned in a previous post South Africa’s Herchelle Gibbs created world cup cricket history by striking six stunning sixes off a hapless Netherlands bowler Dan van Bunge in the Cricket world cup 2007! Even in a small ground it was still incredible batting.
Other highlights/lowlights include
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer has died after being found unconscious in his hotel room in Jamaica. It all seems very unclear as to what happened. Let’s hope that it wasn’t too linked with the poor six months he has had. Pakistan were eliminated from the World Cup on Saturday after losing by three wickets to Ireland.
Following the infamous forfeited Test against England at The Oval last summer, two of their leading fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif, were suspended after failing doping tests.
The pair later saw those bans rescinded but missed the World Cup because of injury, something Woolmer admitted had hindered the team.
Andrew Flintoff’s off the wall behaviour has landed him in trouble, being dropped for the match against Canada, and being fired as Vice-Captain. It is sad when a star of his magnitude doesn’t seem to take seriously representing your country, something that so many young people would love to do.
Their have been some great matches for the smaller teams. With Ireland beating Pakistan, and Bangladesh (my new team, after Phil, Hannah’s brother came back for Bangladesh and gave me a their cricket shirt as a present!) beating India the World Cup isn’t looking quite as straightforward.
Another great sporting weekend. One of the highlights has to be Paul Robinson’s goal against Watford on Saturday. That was his second goal in his career, and his first for Spurs.
The Rugby was disappointing. England were never likely to win the RBS Six Nations title given that they needed to win by a clear 57 points. But even so it was frustrating to lose to Wales. The consistency is still missing.
On a better note Lewis Hamilton made the podium in his debut in Formula 1, in the Australian Grand Prix. He certainly looks a good talent, and is in a good team, unlike Jenson Button who has already had to write off the start of his season because the car isn’t performing. Let’s just hope he can keep it up.
The Cricket World cup is proving to be eventful but I will post a separate post on that.
What a star Shearer is.
It is sad that he made these comments – there is no need. You can criticise a match official without having to bring their gender into it – that is completely irrelevant. She has earned the right to officiate at that level by doing all the qualifications.
A couple of years ago Ron Atkinson wasforced to resign after making racist comments in the wake of Chelsea’s Champions League game against Monaco in April 2004. While I am not keen on people being sacked I do think that we should treat sexism in a similar way to racism.
What is interesting is listening to the comments afterwards with Jose Mourinho wanting the FA to investigate the challenges and then Steve Coppell and goalkeeping legend Bob Wilson saying there was no intent shown by Hunt and Sonko in their challenges.
What is fair to expect off a goalkeeper?