Cricket World Cup Thread
Posted 24 September 2004 - 03:18 PM
It is private wagering and the odds of England winning are 3 to 1. Somehow, the Windies are sentimental favorites here. I went against the conventional thinking and plunked my dough on England.
Dont you dare lose.
Posted 26 September 2004 - 12:46 PM
To borrow John McEnroe's copyright phrase, you guys are the pits.
The whole cricketing world knows the Windies cant play spin and yet Ashley Giles doesn't have a shy at Bradshaw and Browne. Vaughan led like a clueless captain. He had WI at 80/5 and yet does not give Giles a chance to spin them out.
The only silver lining is that the game is going to become more interesting if blokes like Ian Bradshaw continue to play. Remarkable temperament. That is Barbados personified. Shades of other Barbadian greats in the way he plays.
I watched the match on TV and at the end I couldn't help feel happy when Bradshaw square drove the winning boundary.
They even turned down the umpires' offer of the light..
Posted 26 September 2004 - 04:57 PM
Posted 27 September 2004 - 03:52 AM
If the whole world played cricket, we wouldn't have wars, just fast bowling, and if you were good enough, you would hook the bloke for a six over fine leg.
In a way it is good that the 30-plus-year-old couple from Barbados gave us their dancing-in-the-dark act, and those of us fortunate enough to watch the match live on TV got to see a game where
...two Barbadians calmly took their team past what had seemed a hopelessly distant finishing line, scoring 71 runs off 91 balls. In the process they weathered a spell of ultra-quick bowling from Steve Harmison and won the hearts of every spectator in the ground by refusing the umpires' offer of bad light...
Cricketers' cricketers from the Caribbean - What do you mean by "bad light?"
"We are used to playing in the dark in the Caribbean," said Brown afterwards.
Big boys play in the dark?
Lara - he is 35 and some people think he is on his last legs, but on Saturday only15 yards from the bat at short mid-wicket, he had less than a sixth of a second to pick up the line of the shot and yet held it as cleanly as if he had been grasping a tennis ball behind the baseline. Instinctive, brilliant, the product of genius plus hard work for a lifetime; all before you could blink. Then came the pause while he absorbed the enormity of his moment, the inspiration it should bring his team. He had dismissed the most destructive batsman among his opponents and turned the match.
His body language in this match, as he bustled round the nets, as he fine-tuned his field, as he brought on Chris Gayle's darting off-breaks before the 15th over, as he snatched the catch of the final/tournament/year/millennium - make your own choice - and then grabbed two more catches and ran out Marcus Trescothick, seemed to say he had picked out the final as his last chance to claim a major trophy.
That he succeeded was due entirely to Courtney Browne, who used to be the world's worst wicket-keeper but who is now a thinking batsman, Ian Bradshaw's unexpected ability to get a broad bat in the way of any delivery and a catch fit to inspire any team on the planet.
It was a miserable, wet as only muggy London can be, wrap-up-warm-dear-or-you-will-catch-your-death-of-cold sort of a day with grey skies stretching further than the eye could see and rain always in the wind. Brian Lara painted it gold.
Great match. Cricket won.
Posted 28 September 2004 - 02:52 PM
BBC sport ratings for our players. Although how Wharf got 5/10 the same a Gough and Solanki, I will never know. At least the latter 2 did something. 2/10 would be appropriate. :confused:
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