Paul Collingwood takes England through to final

England played well!

Having lost early wickets, Andrew Strauss (in the middle order, as per the blue box) and Paul Collingwood pulled England back into the match and they eventually managed to set a decent total. Strauss hit 55 and Collingwood a worthy 106.

The start of New Zealand's innings was a familiar story as Saj Mahmood and Liam Plunkett served up a load of wides and other garbage. It was very familiar, but again England turned it around. Andrew Flintoff kept it tighter than a mouse's ear, without any luck wicket-wise - just the one. Monty Panesar continued to impress and Paul Collingwood, with confidence restored, bowled imaginatively and effectively.

Mahmood and Plunkett improved their figures in their second spells (bowling figures - they aren't bulimic). Plunkett even picked up three wickets.

England being England, they kept us guessing right up until the last, but with 19 needed off the last over, Saj Mahmood did the business - the business of conceding fewer than 19 runs off an over.

Having previously seen an individual one-day hundred as some kind of golden unicorn from space, England's batsmen have now produced two in two matches. Good stuff, Ed Joyce and Paul Collingwood.

Woo hoo. We get to lose to the Aussies again.

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Tuesday, May 01, 2012

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am disappointed to hear you dismiss our chances against australia, i do not understand why the press in this nation, constantly feel the need to belittle the achievements of our sportsmen, perhaps if they received support instead of being written off from the start they would be able to achieve long term success.

11:43 pm  
Blogger omar said...

Ahh! I noticed you linked this post to one with the blue box!


on can't ever go wrong with the blue box

4:29 am  
Anonymous the scientician said...

oooo, check it out, Kingcricket is "the press"!

10:12 am  

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