Monday, July 15

Cricket Comes Home at the Home of Cricket

Alright, where the hell can we start after last night?

Well why not start with the first of two marathon title deciders with the Cricket World Cup Final at Lords.

Up until last night, the 1999 semi final between Australia and South Africa was probably the most dramatic conclusion to a World Cup game.

England and New Zealand faced off in a memorable final that saw one team guaranteed to win its first ever ODI World Cup.

New Zealand posted 8/241 in their innings before England were all out for 241, sending the game to a Super Over.

England’s innings had one of the more bizarre moments in the match with England getting an unlikely four.

In an attempt to run out Ben Stokes, the ball deflected off his bat and ran to the boundary helping England tie the scores up.

Then they put up 14 in their over and New Zealand was left needing two off the last ball to win it.

Martin Guptil was run out on the final delivery chasing the second run that would have won it for the Black Caps leaving scores tied again.

Thankfully everyone was aware of the tiebreaking procedure and there were no awkward moments looking around wondering what would come next as England were crowned Cricket World Cup champions for 2019.

Anyway, not that we Aussies are bitter or anything but well done England… we guess… we’re on to the Ashes anyway, here’s the moment of victory.

Tie Breaker Decides Wimbledon Men's Final

As if one thrilling conclusion wasn’t enough overnight, Novak Djokovic took out the Men’s Singles Final at Wimbledon in an almost five hour epic against the all time great Roger Federer.

It was the first appearance of the controversial fifth set tiebreaker in a Grand Slam Final and with scores locked at 12-12 in the deciding set, it was Djokovic rallying for what might have been his finest moment at the All England Club.

That match set multiple records including being the longest final in history and Djokovic became the first man in 71 years to win after facing match points in the final, it was a gripping contest that on its own would have warranted the lead in any news bulletin, just not on this night.

It was Djokovic’s 16th Grand Slam title, moving him closer to Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (18) on the all time list and showed that while these historically dominant players are getting older, they still have plenty of moments of magic in them.

Hamilton Wins at Silverstone

While plenty of English eyes were on the cricket at Lords, they did have another triumph just over 100km to the north west at Silverstone.

Lewis Hamilton expanded his Championship lead taking out line honours in the British GP in one of the best F1 races in recent memory.

It was Hamilton’s sixth win at the track, breaking a tie with Jim Clark.

For the slightly more sadistic in our audience, you’ll be pleased to know that Sebastian Vettel ruined his race by rear ending Max Verstappen.

Naturally the German tried to push the blame onto Verstappen before eventually owning up to his mistake after finishing in 16th.

Aussie Daniel Ricciardo finished in seventh which, considering his car isn’t a bad effort.

For now though, let’s just enjoy Hamilton going crowd surfing.

Lions Roar Causes Power Outage in Adelaide

Right, that’s overseas taken care of, now HOW GOOD ARE THOSE BRISBANE LIONS?!

Underdogs against Port Adelaide… pfft no dramas, they just came out and crushed them in the first quarter with a brilliant display.

It was pretty much game over from there but the teams went through the business of playing out the final three quarters and in the end the Lions cruised home by 48 points.

Perhaps Port will learn to not focus too much on Lachie Neale next time and instead of trying to terrorise him, they might try and… I don’t know, score?

If you weren’t convinced beforehand, you should be by now, there’s something special brewing at the Gabba.

Cotric's Mixed Day

The Raiders played the final 20 minutes of last night’s NRL match with just 12 men on the park but that didn’t stop them picking up another win.

Canberra winger Nick Cotric was sent off for a spear tackle on Tim Lafai in the first send off since Melbourne’s Curtis Scott was given his marching orders for punching Dylan Walker.

There’s no defending what was definitely an illegal tackle, although as always some of the audience felt a send off was a bit harsh, while others think that was more than fair.

It wasn’t all bad for the Raiders star, he did score a try earlier in the match.