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IT WAS NEVER IN DOUBT

By Pete Moore On July 14th, 2019

I can’t take these cliffhangers. They’re great when you’re neutral, but when you’re a partisan it does you in. I turned away from the Cricket World Cup Final twice. Just can’t take it. England beat New Zealand by literally the tightest of margins. The score was level at the end of the match, both teams on 241 runs. For the first time a Super Over was needed. Both teams scored 15. England won because they hit more boundaries. You cannot get tighter than that. With the shadows long, the final ball saw the Kiwis needing 2 runs to win –

And with that I was off down the garden like Jos Buttler when he smashed the stumps.

Meanwhile, just across the Thames, Djokovic beat Federer 7-6 1-6 7-6 4-6 13-12. They’d still be playing now if the final set wasn’t truncated at 12-12 for a tie-break.

26 Responses to “IT WAS NEVER IN DOUBT”

  1. I’ll say one good thing about cricket.

    It’s not American football.

  2. BTW, great ‘English’ team captain too.

  3. Can I ask why the future Eoin Morgan OBE (honourary?) can captain the ODI team, but very rarely plays Test Cricket for England?

    He left Ireland to play Test cricket if I recall.

    Happy for the United Nations team to win 🙂

  4. Can I ask why the future Eoin Morgan OBE (honourary?)

    Don’t think it’ll be honourary as he also holds a Brit passport. Born in Dublin to an English mother, he’s an Irish mirror image of Pete.

  5. smcgiff –

    It wouldn’t be honorary. Eoin Morgan has an English mother and has always had a British passport.

    He’s played Test cricket for England but his talents and instincts are more suited to the one-day game. Test batting is about not losing your wicket. One-day batting is about dominating the bowling and scoring quickly.

  6. Thanks Pete.

  7. By the way a gong would be well deserved. England stank out the 2015 World Cup. Morgan’s captaincy and leadership have been significant in the team’s improvement. He’s also been a great ambassador for the team.

  8. By the way a gong would be well deserved.

    His media response after receiving the gong would go something like this, ‘Dis is bleedin deadly!’

    😀

  9. All joking aside, well done England. I’d read somewhere that cricket is immensely more popular in former colony countries than in England itself.

  10. It’s nowhere more popular than in India, where it’s a religion.

    The English Cricket Board made a big mistake a few years ago. England beat Australia in a hugely dramatic 2005 Ashes series. Cricket was on a high. Then the ECB sold the game to Sky and it disappeared from most TVs.

    Sky has paid big bucks, so the Test and county grounds are all nice and modern, but cricket has slowly lost engagement in the papers and the national consciousness. They know it, which is why this final was aired by Channel 4 as well as Sky.

    But it’s not enough. When I was growing up cricket was the summer sport, every park had stumps and every kid wanted to be Ian Botham. That can happen again because cricket is so deep in the culture, but the ECB has to give up its addiction to Sky’s money.

  11. JRM couldn’t savour the victory without making an absolutely idiotic political point out of it:

    https://twitter.com/Jacob_Rees_Mogg/status/1150475669677268992

  12. JRM out of touch? Will wonders never cease.

    Thought he’d be too busy managing the funds he shifted out of the UK to Ireland to Brexit proof them to make comment.

  13. The English Cricket Board made a big mistake a few years ago. England beat Australia in a hugely dramatic 2005 Ashes series. Cricket was on a high. Then the ECB sold the game to Sky and it disappeared from most TVs.

    Exactly Pete. I watched most of the match on Sky Sports but surely you believe in market forces? Whoever bids highest gets the prize? Or are you converting to a semi-socialist model which tries to promote the great game of cricket at a local level and ***k Murdoch and his bribes?

    My earliest cricket memories are of Tom Graveney hitting boundaries in the late 1960s. In black and white on the BBC. The coverage now is vastly better but a good compromise would be one hour of daily highlights on BBC at 7 pm.

  14. Puttting a Sport That seeks to grow on limited Visibility TV tier Is ultimately a big mistake, even if it generates more revenue in the short run

    Many of the best soccer events Are on separate pay-per-view TV tiers in the US, Which means that any casual fans never get to see them

    I happen to think that Gaelic football and hurling Are great sports events. But The average American sports fan has no idea what they are – The GAA finals And other major events Are never shown on American so-called free television .They would once be shown, decades ago on a program called the Wide world of sports on ABC. But there is no program like that now

    It’s as though soccer and GAA were not trying to make their sports visible
    in this country. They are invisible to the average Potential American customer

  15. Pete Moore,
    //It’s nowhere more popular than in India, where it’s a religion.//

    When I worked in India, many of the locals wanted me to regale them with stories about our terrific English cricket. imagine their disappointment when I had to tell them I’m not interested in cricket, and I don’t know any stories about it.

  16. After over a century when cricket in Ireland was despised as a “garrison sport” and the preserve of S. Dublin toffs and the gilded youth of Trinity College, it has seen a remarkable comback after Ireland’s successes at the 2007 cricket world cup and other competitions. The Irish team later went on to beat England in the WC before it had even achieved test status.

    It’s now probably the fastest-growing sport in Ireland, with clubs everywhere and over 50,000 players.

  17. Here you are Pete, no apology needed.

    https://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/crime/final-electoral-fraud-investigation-into-peterborough-by-election-ends-as-police-find-no-offences-committed-1-8999797

    Apologies fot going O/T but for some reason the comments seem to be off here:

    https://www.atangledweb.org/?p=78721

    I told you that the Euro elections were seen as a protest vote which has no bearing in who governs nationally.

  18. Paul –

    You’re talking about a police force which happily ignores the jihad-rape of thousands of girls. The idea that they’re going to start feeling muslim collars for obvious vote fraud is naive. Of course there was vote fraud. It happens everywhere there’s a muslim constituency. I have no idea why comments are off on that thread.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/11/election-fraud-allowed-to-take-place-in-muslim-communities-becau/

  19. Peter –

    I’m not turning commie on what sports can do with their broadcasting rights, but I think the ECB made a grave mistake in taking Sky’s money. When those rights are next up for auction, the ECB needs to ensure that at least one form of cricket is live on terrestrial TV.

    Cricket used to define summer because it was on TV so much. Sky’s production is first class, but not enough people can see it.

  20. So, Rozzers onto Labour theft of P’boro

    – Proof that there was electoral fraud or something

    Police finalise investigation in P’boro and find no fraud

    – Plod are corrupt.

    A shameless, discredited volte-face.

    So, what should be done with the P’boro by election then?

  21. Paul, your cast iron faith in the probity and honesty of the British police is noted.

  22. What should be noted instead Pete is your 180 turn in the narrative when the conclusion doesn’t match up with your allegations.

    What should be done with the P’boro by election then?

  23. I’ve done no about turn. The result ought to have been independently investigated, but that ship has sailed.

  24. The result ought to have been independently investigated

    Yet conveniantly enough your first post didn’t say that. The Nige got chinned on his first national outing and couldn’t take it. Sour grapes moaning, nothing more.

  25. Whoops! 🙂

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdjMpk5MY9A

  26. smcgiff –

    It wouldn’t be honorary. Eoin Morgan has an English mother and has always had a British passport.

    He’s played Test cricket for England but his talents and instincts are more suited to the one-day game. Test batting is about not losing your wicket. One-day batting is about dominating the bowling and scoring quickly.

    How do you explain this then 😉

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/live/cricket/47324462