Monday, October 26, 2009

Aussies Win Thriller in India, 4th Quarter Bonanza in the NBL and the Yankees are Through to the World Series


Kudos must be given to the Aussie cricket team for getting the job done in the first One Day International over in India. Playing in India is one tough assignment, let alone winning over there. It seemed as though Australia were cruising to victory posting a total of 292 runs, whilst dismissing Sehwag and Tendulkar early. Howe
ver a seventh wicket partnership between Harbhajan Singh and Kumar gave the Indian crowd something to sing and dance about. Boy can they do that! After a woeful over from Shane Watson the Indians only needed 9 runs off the last over. Enter Peter Siddle! Siddle delivers a great ball to Singh who takes a swing misses everything and gets clean bowled! You beauty! Great efforts by Michael Hussey with the bat contributing 73 off 54 balls and Nathan Hauritz with the ball bowling 9 overs for a wicket and 34 runs conceded. Hopefully the Aussies can build on this win and take out the series!

Last night the Perth Wildcats played host to the Melbourne Tigers in the NBL. What an awesome game this turned out to be. Well the first and last quarters anyway. The game started at a frantic pace with both teams trading baskets and not much defense being played by either si
de. The second and third quarters of this match are not worth writing about let alone sitting there watching it. It was atrocious! There were horrible turnovers, poor ball handling, bad decisions and I have never seen a game with that many air balls! However something must have been in the water at three quarter time because it turned out to be a thriller. Big ups must be given to Kevin Lisch or as the commentator called him D-lisch! He was outstanding in the fourth quarter, he has lightning speed and doesn't have too bad a jump shot. This is twice now he has made big plays in games this year. Well worth the dollars the Wildcats are putting up. Kudos must also be given to the Tigers as their shooting display in the last was unreal. Big shot after big shot to keep themselves in that game showed they are a team to be worried about when big Chris Anstey comes back. Lets hope the entertainment in that last quarter continues throughout the NBL season! Perth won the match 93-90.

The New York Yankees have taken out the the American League series and will now play the Philadelphia Phillies
in the World Series. This mornings game against the LA Angels had it all. There was great pitching early by the Angels, a fightback by the Yankees and some costly errors by LA in the eighth inning. I don't know if anyone saw the two errors made but they were unforgivable in the circumstances of the match. One of them was made by the pitcher, Scott Kazmir, who picked the ball up after it had been hit to him and threw the ball over the head of first baseman Morales. This allowed the Yankees to go up 4-2. How the pressure mounts! During the season it would have been a routine play, but today when you're in the spotlight and every throw matters, things like this happen. Can anyone else think of other times you may have been watching a sport and a blunder may have cost their team or themselves the match? Can't wait for the World Series, Go New York!

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