Ashes

Aug. 6th, 2015 07:51 am
tiggymalvern: (huh?)
Australia all out for 60? Something has gone very wrong. I suspect Broad will find it hard to better his 5 wickets for 6 runs.
tiggymalvern: (fangirling!!!)
Roger Federer was awesome today. Sunday's match should be epic.

Meanwhile, on the third day of the first Ashes test, England were looking fabulous at 236/5. Then somewhat less outstanding at 245/8. It was nice of the ninth wicket partnership to put over 40 more runs on the board :-)

The Aussies now have a target of 412, higher than the score of any innings so far. But they have a full two days to do it in, and all the time in the world to play some very safe cricket. It's going to be an interesting couple of days...

ETA Well, sadly the tennis wasn't epic. Roger played some fantastic shots, and he certainly made his chances, but he also made too many mistakes on too many big points. You don't win Wimbledon by making twice as many unforced errors your opponent, no matter how good the rest of your game.

The cricket went rather better, after Australia collapsed as spectacularly as England did, only earlier in the batting order. Of course, the less said about the second test, the better...
tiggymalvern: (Servalan style)
England have ascended to the top of the world test cricket rankings for the first time ever, with the complete destruction of India by an innings and 242 runs. It's hard to feel too sorry for Cook with his astonishing 294 :-)

I wish Dad had lived to see it, if only he could have been healthy instead of in pain.

Ashes

Jan. 6th, 2011 05:25 pm
tiggymalvern: (tilted turned twisted)
England have won the Ashes in Australia. Not just drawn, and retained them by default, but actively won the series 3-1.

I don't think I was even watching cricket the last time that happened.
tiggymalvern: (tennis fedal)
Federer beat Nadal in the World ATP finals, yaaaay!!

Don't get me wrong, I like Rafa, just not as much as I like Roger. And Rafa had won too many of their matches recently, it was time for some payback.

Mostly, I just love watching these two play each other, with the feeling that they're so well matched, despite very different play styles. I also love the fact they both genuinely like one another, which is so rare in such big rivals - Boris Becker's line in the commentary about the unlikelihood of him ever hugging Ivan Lendl after a match made me laugh :-) And yes, there are the athletic bodies, with nice muscles. I can appreciate the sport and still be shallow, too.


Then, of course, there was the first Ashes test, which was just plain weird. I understand the concept of changing weather conditions and the potential effect on a wicket, but I'm still scratching my head over how the hell England could score 260 all out in the first innings, and 571 for 1 declared in the second. That difference seems a little absurd!
tiggymalvern: (fantastic!)
So England won the Twenty20, yay! (With major contributions from a couple of South Africans, but such is the nature of sport XD)

And simultaneously (of course it had to be simultaneously :-( ) tennis had its first Federer/Nadal match in a year, in the final of the Madrid Masters. A pretty decent match, though it's sad it ended with several errors from Roger. But Rafa has to be by far the favourite for the French Open, the way he's playing on clay right now.

I swear, though, there must be an escalating conspiracy between Rafa and his sponsor to put him in the ugliest clothes they can design. Maybe it's deliberate, to emphasise his contrasts with Roger....

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