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Sports: Two Victories

  • August 16th, 2011
  • Posted by EUEditor

england-cricket-team-2011.jpegTwo victories of note from the weekend’s sports: England takes the Number One spot in Cricket, after a long absence from the very top; and Australia’s Casey Stoner looks very secure in his lead, in the MotoGP.

CRICKET

england-cricket-badge.jpegThe England team have earned plaudits from all sides after their demolition of the former Number One incumbents, India, in their third Test at Edgbaston, Birmingham, 13.8.11.
They declared on 710-7 in reply to India’s first-innings 224 all out; ending  the match with an edge of 242 runs.

The team now excelling at the crease, in bowling, and fieldsmanship, with plenty of talent in reserve, reiterated their claim to best Test cricket team, in a reminder of their rout of Australia, in the 2010 Australia n Test series nearly a year ago.

Such domination by the country that started it all has not been seen since the middle part of the last century.

India are down 3-0, with one test to come in the current series, at The Oval this Thursday, 18.8.11.

MOTO GP

casey-stoner-facebook.jpgA dominating performance by Australia’s Casey Stoner (picture) on Sunday at Brno has positioned him to win the motorcycling crown , the World MotoGP championship, with more than half the races in series completed.

In the 11 events to date, he has won six, was placed second once, and came third three times, leaving out one race in which he crashed.

The 2007 winner has to negotiate seven more in the series, the third last in Australia.

Reference

Jacob Black, “Repsol Honda factory rider Casey Stoner stares down the barrel of a second MotoGP world title”, 15.8.11. http://www.foxsports.com.au/motor-sports/moto-gp/repsol-honda-factory-rider-casey-stoner-stares-down-the-barrel-of-a-second-motogp-world-title/story-fn2ms4i4-1226115147942, (15.8.11).

The Guardian (Open Thread), Manchester, “Cricket aside, what is England best at?”, 15.8.11. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/aug/15/england-reason-for-pride-cricket, (15.8.11).

Peter-Joseph Hegarty and Bob Bensch, “England Can Dominate Cricket After Taking No.1 Test Ranking, Anderson Says”, Bloomberg. NY, 15.8.11. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-15/england-can-dominate-cricket-after-taking-no-1-test-ranking-anderson-says.html, (15.8.11).

Sam Sims, “2011 MotoGP: Brno Quote Wrap”, Ultimate Motorcycling, 15.8.11. http://www.ultimatemotorcycling.com/2011-motogp-brno-quote-wrap, (15.8.11).

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