Like your football? Enjoy a game of Cricket? Love a bit of Motor Racing? This Sunday had all of that and more! Let’s start with the Motor Racing, and it wasn’t just F1…
If you were up early, you had the second race of the V8 supercars from Tasmania to get you started. The first race of the weekend (4th round) had supplied Holden with their 500th win of the Australian touring car championships.
Later in the day, the F1 2016 championship went into its second round in Bahrain. After the new qualifying system had seen Hamilton take pole, Valteri Bottas took out the pole sitter while going round the first corner. That put Rosberg in the lead and he didn’t move from that position for the whole race claiming his second win in two races. Hamilton recovered from his early race collision to finish 3rd behind Raikkonen.
Both Oxford and Barnsley are in a promotion battle in their respective leagues. A Johnstone Paint Trophy win at Wembley might give them a boost. A great match was expected, and wow what a match it was! Oxford (FA Cup giant killers against Swansea) opened the scoring through O’Dowda in the 29th minute. However, Barnsley of League 1 were not going down that easily. Goals from Fletcher, Hammil and an own goal from Dunkley put them 3-1 up. A goal 14 minutes from time by Hylton was not enough for Oxford to get back level, but it was a valiant effort.
Two Premier League matches took place today, including championship chasing Leicester City playing Southampton. A close game was decided by a Wes Morgan header before half time giving Leicester another 1-0 win. Their 4th in a row!!! In the other game, a boring game between Manchester United and Everton was decided by Antonhy Martial in the 54th minute.
Normally cricket is a slow, boring game that isn’t very interesting. Not T20. Especially not the T20 World Cup final. England v West Indies was always going to be a close game but it wasn’t expected to come right down to the wire, especially with a score below 260. The English started poorly, and were 8-2 early in their innings. However, a good stand between Buttler and Root took the score to 84-4. However, a West Indies barrage of wickets left England at 111-7. A late comeback by the team took them to 155 but surely West Indies could beat that?
Well maybe not. They were amazingly 11-3 after 2.3 overs!!! However thanks to some solid batting from Samuels, the Windies were 118-6 with three overs left. 38 needed off 18 balls. A big over from Samuels and Braithwate put them 27 away with two overs left but they could only close the gap to 19 with one over left. Surely 19 off 6 was impossible. Braithwate had other ideas. He incredibly hit four sixes in the first four balls of the final over to secure the West Indies their second T20 title. They scored more in their last four balls than in their first five overs!! Despite losing the final, England have done an amazing job this championship going from being eliminated in the group stage last year to runners up this time around. The future is looking good, but not quite good enough just yet!