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So, the World Cup for women is over and the USA won deservedly, but also very annoyingly, mixing up all kind of political issues with football. Also, the whole tournement left me somewhat hungry for good footballing entertainment. Quite nice that the NL reached the final and are going to the Olympics by reaching the semi´s. Good to see Sweden become third, but they need some fresh and young new players.


Et maitenant: La Tour de France......................



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14 hours ago, whitenoise said:


I'm probably showing my hopeless unknowledge, but the World Cup of what sport?


Yes, it's cricket, one of the greatest of all sports, but possibly not seen much in Scandinavia - actually it's not seen much outside of any country that hsn't been under commonwealth rule at some point or another...

But England finally winning it, and on home soil, and in the most unbelievably thrilling finale to a one-day match in the game's history, has meant that football was relegated to the inside pages for just a few days....

Take a look:

Go on, you know you want to!

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I only like 20/20 (my favourites have always been the WEST-INDIES and SRI LANKA, but they are, like cricket overall, in massive decline.) and when that's shown on an open channel. So basically never!!!!:negative:

Nevertheless, congrats!

(I did hope the Kiwi's would win though.........underdogs and all that)

You surely do remember the 5th of June 2009 at Lords, don't you?:P

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34 minutes ago, hunebedbouwer said:

You surely do remember the 5th of June 2009 at Lords, don't you?:P

Er, no, had to look it up.  Nothing special there, apart from the T20 debut of Eoin Morgan?............


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I've got a little read for you.......I think the Guardian 'as-it-happened'-thread from that day is by far the best way to really understand what happened...........Full time English professionals against Dutch barkeepers, butchers and postmen........:P

The tension of that last over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


England v Holland - as it happened!


John Ashdown

Fri 5 Jun 2009 14.14 BSTFirst published on Fri 5 Jun 2009 14.14 BST


England v Netherlands Ryan ten Doeschate of Netherlands celebrates victory with Edgar Schiferli as Stuart Broad looks on. Photograph: Tom Shaw/Getty Images

Preamble: Firstly, the good news. The rain that has drenched London this morning and in the first part of this afternoon is forecast to move away to the north (so while that's good news for cricket fans, I suppose we ought to concede it's pretty bad news for anyone hoping to host a barbeque in the East Riding this evening). It's particularly good news for England, as a no result would leave Paul Collingwood's men, if we're feeling pessimistic (and let's face it, we usually are) needing to beat Holland's net run rate in defeat to Pakistan, certainly not a certainty. Now for the bad news: weather forecasters don't always get it right, and looking out over north London towards Lord's it's grey, damp and murky. Oh, and there's an opening ceremony for us to get through too.

Things get warmed up properly from 4pm (ish), so in the meantime, why not read Duncan Fletcher's take on England's World Twenty20 hopes and Mike Selvey's preview of the tournament or while away a few Friday afternoon hours with the greatest internet games of all time, particularly this little beauty (317, since you ask).

Slightly concerning dept. After a couple of admiring emails expressing disbelief at my marathon knock of 317, this rather worrying missive arrived from Georgie Lewis. "Without wishing to boast, my high score is circa 2100 runs," writes Georgie. "I'd like to suggest that the Little Master game replaces the sudden-death style extra over being used to decide tied games in this competition. It'd go down well with the techno-savvy eight-year-olds the format is aimed at, and would improve my chances of being called up as a specialist computer-batsman by about a million percent." In other, equally troubling, news it's still very grey over St John's Wood.

Meet England's opponents this afternoon: Dirk Nannes has been the focus of much attention this week. The Victoria fast bowler was a team-mate of Collingwood's in the IPL with the Delhi Daredevils, where his captain, Virender Sehwag (somewhat hyperbolically one imagines) described him as the fastest bowler he has ever faced. He, along with the all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate, are Holland's great hopes. The Oranje can also call on the youth of Alexei Kervezee (62 from 59 balls against Scotland this week), the experience of Bas Zuiderent (a county championship winner with Sussex in 2003), and, less reassuringly, the sort of bowling that allowed Herschelle Gibbs to do this. Oddly, Daan van Bunge, Gibbs' hapless victim, also once broke the MCC Young Cricketers record for the fastest ever century, with a 38-ball ton against Surrey Under-19s. Other than that (from an hour or so of internet research), there's little to write home about, though I stand ready to be corrected.

One other thing: they will most likely open the batting with Robert Key's dad.

According to Wikipedia there are "6,000 cricketers in the Netherlands, making it the 25th most popular sport". So what are the other 24? Football, tennis, golf, handball ... er ... boule? Real tennis? Anybody?

A heart-warming tale, apropos of nothing, from Andrew Sparrow: "My lad played his first ever competitive game of cricket last Saturday at the club where van Bunge (and ex Netherlands skipper Tim de Leede) ply their trade. He made eight runs, took one for five in his two overs, and dropped two skiers (but at least he got his hands to both of them and didn't nesh out like most of the other kids tend to do). We won by 27 runs, and yours truly got far more of a jolly from scoring two 18 over innings of U10 cricket than I would have thought possible."

... hockey, volleyball, baseball, rugby union, cycling , speed skating, figure skating, athletics, equestrianism, swimming, judo(?) ... that's still only 15 ...

"Badminton, basketball, korfball, kiteboard, gymnastics, darts, surfing, ice-skating and a few others," adds Robert Kimmels to our list of Dutch sports more popular than cricket. "The exact order is unknown to me, but football - tennis - hockey is the top three." That's 23 in total by my reckoning. And, really, is this sort of thing actually more popular than the noble game of cricket?

Some pretty jolting team news: Kevin Pietersen is OUT, Robert Key is IN. It'll be a straight swap, with Bopara and Wright staying at the top of the order. Key will bat at three. Further down the order, Adil Rashid replaces Graeme Swann.

An interesting bit of team selection, then, with Key preferred to Dimitri Mascarenhas as KP's replacement. And no news yet as to whether Swann is injured or if Rashid is in on merit. Equally excitingly* we're just minutes away from Alesha Dixon and the opening ceremony.

*PLEASE NOTE: May not be exciting. At all. In fact, it won't be. Believe me.

In fact, anyone chomping at the bit for 'The Boy Does Nothing' and 'Breathe Slow' will have to wait for a while. It's drizzling at Lord's so health and safety have put their foot down and delayed the opening spectacular. Just as well really - poor old Alesha would be belting out 'Let's Get Excited' to a handful of schoolchildren and a couple of bemused pigeons at the moment. The ground isn't exactly full.

It begs the question, what should we be calling this live coverage of the opening ceremony? Cringe-by-cringe? Pyrotechnic-by-pyrotechnic? Any offers?

Alesha and co are now scheduled to do their thing from about 5.10pm, so the start time of the game itself has also been put back. I believe that means the cricket will get underway at around 6ish.

The covers are slowly being peeled off. Which is nice.

This is already getting a little farcical. They're aiming to rattle through the opening ceremony and get the game underway, on time, at half past five, or in 27 minutes time for anyone not in the same timezone as London. Maybe Alesha will have to cut any planned Meat Loaf-esque 17-minute opus from her setlist and stick to the hits.

"Re: the opening ceremony minute-by-minute. I'd go for non-event-by-non-event," writes Phil Sawyer. "Or shambles-by-shambles." Sounds about right.

Looks like the rain is coming down again. We could get a reduced overs match if this malarkey carries on, the bottom limit of which is a five-overs-a-side 30-ball tear-up. That would surely play into the hands of the Dutch side. I'm (slightly grudgingly) prepared to accept that Twenty20 is far from simply a game of luck, but much less than that and you might as well start rolling dice.

BREAKING NEWS!!! The opening ceremony is gone! Out for a duck, clean bowled by the band of low pressure hovering over the south-east. Unfortunately that doesn't bring the start of play any closer - it's still chucking it down.

Those teams in full

England: Wright, Bopara, Key, Shah, Collingwood, Morgan, Foster, Rashid, Broad, Sidebottom, Anderson.
Holland: Smits, Reekers, Kervezee, ten Doeschate, Zuiderent, van Bunge, de Grooth, Borren, Schiferli, Nannes, Seelaar.

We're now due to kick-off at 5.50pm, with the toss coming any time now.

Holland have won the toss and will have a bowl, thank you very much. A sombre-faced suit stand on a podium and gravely announces to the Lord's crowd that the opening ceremony is off. Then the Duke of Kent, a strangely melty-faced fellow, drones "family-friendly .. blah, blah .. world-class cricket ... blah ... declare this tournament open". Cue deafeningly muted applause.

Click-clack, click-clack ... the sound of spikes echoes off the pavillion steps. We're about to get this World Twenty20 business going.

FOR GOODNESS SAKE. CAN WE PLEASE GET ON WITH THE CRICKET?! As the players entered the field of play, each was handed a small child to hold hands with, and now they're lining up football-style for the national anthems ...

1st over: England 9-0 (Bopara 8, Wright 0) 
Dirk Nannes gets the cherry (should the white ball really be a cherry?) and his first is a wide full toss, clipped away square by Bopara for four. A couple of dots follow, but then the left-armer drops a touch short and Bopara works it away for four more through the covers. Top shot, that. Nannes overcompensates with a leg-side wide. Not the most impressive start from Holland's No1 seamer.

2nd over: England 17-0 (Bopara 11, Wright 5) 
Schiferli trundles in and offers Wright a leg-stump half-volley first up, put away very neatly by the batsman, his chin-strap dangling rakishly. Bopara works another couple into the leg. "I attended the You Are The Umpire Q&A event at Guardian Towers on Wednesday evening as a guest of Paul Trevillion," writes Matt Share. "It was a great evening with some fascinating cricket chat from John Holder and a load of great stories (some cricket related) from the artist - if your readers are interested I made a recording of the event which can be heard here."

3rd over: England 23-0 (Bopara 15, Wright 6) 
Nannes is working up a little steam here, restricting the batsmen to a couple of singles with some genuinely quick stuff before giving away a wide with a bouncer. Bopara responds with a couple more away to the square leg boundary and then runs one off the face for a single. Good cricket all round. Six off the over.

4th over: England 29-0 (Bopara 20, Wright 7) 
Schiferli's action doesn't inspire a great deal of confidence - the run up is timid, the delivery stride tentative ... it's a good job he's got a bit of whip in his upper body. Even so, he's far from express and at that pace he can't afford to offer Bopara the sort of gravy he's just served up. Lofted down to cow corner for four.

5th over: England 38-0 (Bopara 24, Wright 10) 
Ten Doeschate replaces Nannes and wangs one down the leg side to send Smits scrambling to prevent four byes. No wonder the keeper is standing back. A carbon copy follows, and Wright has seen enough - he's going over the top. Ten Doeschate fools him with a slower ball, though, and Wright is lucky that Nannes can't quite get to the catch in the outfield. Bopara, looking far more assured thus far, clips the final ball away for four past point.

6th over: England 51-0 (Bopara 24, Wright 21) 
"Can you provide some insight on just how excited we're allowed to get
about Ravi Bopara?" writes Steve Kocher. "Cricinfo just described him as "Tendulkar-like"... with your permission I'd very much like to permit myself to get carried away Mickey-Owen-in-1998 style." Permission granted. Wright humps Schiferli over the top for four over mid off, but he's not quite timing it just yet. A couple of balls later he's a little fortunate again as the ball drops safe. THAT'S MORE LIKE IT! A glorious forehand swipe that wouldn't have looked out of place at Roland Garros - four more.

7th over: England 55-0 (Bopara 26, Wright 25) 
Pieter Seelaar's left-arm finger spin gets a first outing. And it's a decent over - Wright and Bopara forced to work the singles. "Thanks very much to Matt Share (nice to see his nature matches his moniker)," writes Phil Sawyer. "I've already got it queued up ready to listen to after TMS finish their match coverage. Yes, I'm spending my Friday night listening to some people talk about cricket, followed by a session of listening to some people talk about cricket. Can't understand why my ex-wife decided the bright lights of Brighton were a more attractive proposition than life chez Sawyer Villas."

8th over: England 67-0 (Bopara 28, Wright 29) 
Some nicely mixed pace from Peter Borren, a dibbly-dobbling medium pacer, again restricting England to singles. Wright almost loses his leg stump missing a sweep, but gets four wides for his troubles. England looking good for a 200-plus score here.

9th over: England 78-0 (Bopara 39, Wright 30) 
Seelaar continues, keeping Bopara largely tucked up until ball No5 when a bit of width allows the England opener to free his arms and hammer a boundary through the covers. "What could you call the white ball if not a cherry?" ponders Cory Hazlehurst. "A mothball perhaps. Or a mint imperial."

10th over: England 90-0 (Bopara 40, Wright 40) 
Ten Doeschate returns, Wright dances to leg and lofts the ball over extra cover for four, flat backs straight for two more, hooks awkwardly for another couple, wafts embarassingly at a wide, slower one, and gets lucky again with a miscued slash that drops safe. Up until this over England had been quietly going at about nine an over (if that's possible), but there was nothing quiet about that. Wild, flailing eye-candy for those with an aversion to a good old-fashioned straight bat.

11th over: England 100-0 (Bopara 44 Wright 47) 
Borren again and he's let down by Daan van Bunge in the field, his long barrier full of holes. Wright brings up the 100 with a straight thump for four more.

WICKET! Bopara 46 c Seelaar b ten Doeschate (12th over: England 106-1 (Wright 48, Shah 3) 
Bopara attempts to bring up his half century with a six ... and can only plop the balls into the hands of Seelaar in the deep. Owais Shah is promoted up the order at the expense of Rob Key. Apologies - I have to admit I missed most of that over due to technical issues.*

*PLEASE NOTE: 'Technical issues' may mean 'drifting off into a revery about the dream I had last night' which may or may not have involved Jodie Marsh and Richard and Judy.

13th over: England 110-1 (Wright 50, Shah 5) 
Borren keeps it tight, again mixing up his pace intelligently. Just four come off the over, with Wright bringing up his half century from 37 balls with a flick into the leg side. "Nice to see some selfless play from Bopara. A decent score and now someone else gets a chance to play," writes Claire Davies. "Does that sound sarky? Yes, because it is. Grrrrr."

WICKET! Shah 5 c de Grooth b Schiferli (14th over: England 116-2 (Wright 54, Morgan 2) 
Wright is fortunate once more with a skewed swing, the ball again dropping safe. Holland are offering him the boundaries behind square, confident that he prefers to play in a wide V in front of the wicket. Shah, who should be more adept at working the gaps, instead holes out at deep square leg. Hmm. Holland have caught their breath and got themselves back in the game here.

15th over: England 124-2 (Wright 60, Morgan 4) 
After just 16 runs from the last three overs, Nannes returns for the Dutch. He raps Morgan on the hands with a short one, the batsman responds by pulling - to long on - for a single. And next up Wright produces one of the shots of the day - shimmying away to the edge of the pitch on the leg side and then, on the move, crunching the ball through the gap in the covers. You need some serious hand-to-eye co-ordination for that sort of thing. At close to 90mph.

WICKET! Morgan 6 c Zuiderent b Borren (16th over: England 128-3 (Wright 61, Collingwood 1) 
Morgan, who looks like a Wahlberg brother (though I'm not sure which one), hasn't really got going here. Oh - AND NOW HE'S GONE! Borren offers a full toss, Morgan plays a reverse sweep and catches it so sweetly he's caught at backward point. Since the loss of Bopara, Wright's shot in the last over apart, this has been pretty ordinary from England.

17th over: England 140-3 (Wright 67, Collingwood 7) 
"We've hit a bit of a hiccup, but we'll be fine," opines Ravi Bopara from the boundary. He reckons "160-180" will be a decent score, and you can't really disagree with that. Collingwood shows his confidence is well-placed with a clever lofted drive for four (helped by some very average fielding on the extra cover boundary) and Wright follows it up with a straight thwack for four more. Seelaar has half a chance for a catch off the last, but it's thumped back at him so hard, he's got little hope.

WICKET! Wright 71 c Borren b ten Doeschate (18th over: England 149-4 (Collingwood 9, Key 3)
Wright shows another string to his bow by getting down on one knee and scooping ten Doeschate away for four. Next up he's after his first six, but succeeds only in finding Borren in the deep. A fine Twenty20 innings - not always pretty, often pretty fortunate, but effective all the same. And finally - here's Robert Key. Is it really neccessary in Twenty20 to pick a batsmen who, after a good start, you move down the order because he can't score quickly enough? Seems bizarre to me. He's off the mark straight away.

WICKET! Collingwood c Schiferli b Seelaar 11 (19th over: England 155-5 (Key 7, Foster 0)
"I've been waiting for this for the last three wickets. It's Fat Bob!" enthuses Clare Davies. He's having a little trouble keeping up with Collingwood's running, that's for sure. Single, single, single, single ... OUT! Collingwood attempts to get the scoreboard leaping forward rather than ticking over and can only find the fielder at long on. Key scurries a couple off the last ball of the over.

20th over: England 162-5 (Key 10, Foster 3)
"We're going to lose," writes an increasingly despondent Clare Davies, seemingly this OBO's only reader. "This is proof that England can't play Twenty20." Not so sure about that Clare, but it's been very stodgy since the halfway point. It should still be enough, though. Nannes concedes three singles off his first three balls then frustrates himself and his team-mates with a wide. Key, having dusted himself down following a ground-shaking dive as Nannes shies at the stumps, swipes another single. Foster, a single. Key, a single. An underwhelming end - well-bowled by Nannes. Holland may fancy having a tilt at this.

So have Holland ever scored 163 to win a Twenty20? Er, no.

"Which team do you think will win it all?" wonders Amit Gupta. I was quite swayed by Dileep's blog bigging up Sri Lanka.

WICKET! Kervezee c Broad b Anderson 1 (1st over: Holland 2-1 (Reekers 1, Zuiderent 0) 
Anderson finds Reekers leading edge first up, but it drops safe. Two balls late Kervezee isn't so lucky. He attempts a hoik over the top, but Anderson is simply too quick for him. Straight up, straight down. Broad takes the catch. Zuiderent takes one on the pad, but it's a half-hearted appeal. Excellent start for England, one that will settle any nerves.

2nd over: Holland 10-1 (Reekers 7, Zuiderent 1) 
Sidebottom cuts Zuiderent in half but the Holland No3 survives. He goes flailing over the top to get off the mark. At the other end Reekers somehow guides an overhead swipe for six over cow corner. It wasn't really a moo - more a mooohnosidebottomsfollowingmehelp. Great power to get it away, though. The Dutch aren't inspiring a great deal of confidence here.

3rd over: Holland 23-1 (Reekers 20, Zuiderent 1) 
A proper cricket shot - not seen one of those for a while. Reekers clips off his toes for four, wonderfully timed. Anderson responds with a toe-crunching yorker, dug out well. AND SIX MORE FOR REEKERS! Stand and deliver, an imperious clip over square leg. "England don't manage to clear the rope in 20 overs - the Netherlands manage it in 10 balls," noted Eddy 'Negative' Nason. "We are going to lose aren't we?"

WICKET! Reekers 20 c Shah b Broad (4th over: Holland 28-2 (Zuiderent 2, De Grooth 4) 
Broad into the attack and he's done for Reekers, the opener attempting another biff over toward midwicket and holing out to Owais Shah. Bit of a shame that - could've got very entertaining. De Grooth carries on in the same vein, though, driving for four. "Remember that Zuiderent scored 54 against England in the 1996 World Cup?" writes a chipper Robert Kimmels. "I'll take a repeat of that, and then ten Doeschate to finish it off."

5th over: Holland 36-2 (Zuiderent 5, De Grooth 5)
Sidebottom returns, and he's proving tricky to get away. De Grooth plays and misses outside off, but then the bowler drifts to leg and concedes four unnecessary leg byes. "I'm feeling a bit better now," writes Clare. "Though that might be the wine and spag bol kicking in." Can spag bol do that?

6th over: Holland 52-2 (Zuiderent 7, De Grooth 16)
De Grooth pulls Broad for four and the Dutch fans are dancing like Lord's is Frimley Green. The celebrations get a further boost as Zuiderent inside-edges past Foster for four. AND SIX MORE! De Groot flat-bats over the bowler's head for a maximum. A few shivers tremble down the spine of England supporters.

7th over: Holland 60-2 (Zuiderent 10, De Grooth 21)
Powerplay over, the debutant Rashid comes into the attack. Zuiderent works a single, then the increasingly impressive de Grooth reverse slog-sweeps for four more. He's then lucky to get away with a play-and-miss, the ball brushing the bails. Zuiderent scurries a couple off the last ball. The Netherlands are AHEAD of England's tally at the same stage. Gulp. "I thought this event was meant to be sold out? writes Phil Rhodes. "There are a lot of free seats at Lords and as for the members, well, textbook. MCC members in not attending shocker."

8th over: Holland 66-2 (Zuiderent 12, De Grooth 25)
Luke Wright into the attack. Single, single, single, single, double, dot. "It's good to hear that Clare Davies is feeling better after the wine & pasta combo," writes John Starbuck. "I'm doing the same tonight only with gin and lager, as it's more appropriate. If England don't manage it, you can bet that someone will assert that T20 is the same, essentially, as any other form of the game. England losing at Lord's: what's odd about that?"

WICKET! Zuiderent st Foster b Rashid 12 (9th over: Holland 79-3 (De Grooth 32, Borren 6)
Relief for England. Zuiderent edges forward chasing a wide one, Foster, lightning fast, has the bails and the square leg umpire has his finger aloft. Borren plants his foot and swipes for four past deep midwicket - belting shot. De Grooth then cuts late for three, denied a boundary by some tremendous fielding from Broad. De Grooth then repeats his Borren's trick with another clumping hoik to leg.

10th over: Holland 91-3 (De Grooth 41, Borren 7)
Willem van Schaik suggests some Dutch sport comedy. I've no idea if it's any good - I've not had time to watch it. Four more for de Grooth, this time cut past backward point - he's hit 36 from 19. And worryingly for England, there is rain in the air and the Dutch are ahead on the Duckworth-Lewis scores.

11th over: Holland 99-3 (De Grooth 47, Borren 10) - Holland need 64 from 54 balls 
Collingwood takes responsibility, bringing himself on. More singles from the Dutch, a faint edge from Borren pings away off Foster's shoulder. And then de Grooth pumps one away to midwicket for four! Collingwood follows it up with a rare dot. Things are getting very, very nervy. England desperately need a wicket.

12th over: Holland 104-3 (De Grooth 49, Borren 14) - Holland need 58 from 48 balls 
Sidebottom returns, offering de Grooth a low full toss that he can only put away for a single. Borren, who's swinging at everything, picks up another single. And another one for de Grooth - but Sidebottom is bowling well. Six from the over - a par score, nothing more.

WICKET! de Grooth c Key b Collingwood 49 (13th over: Holland 116-4 (De Grooth 49, Borren 22) - Holland need 47 from 42 balls 
Holy mother, this is tense. I'm not sure if I'm nervous as an England fan, or excited as a journalist looking at a story. Collingwood continues. Two leg byes from the first. And a huge run out chance! De Grooth is stranded but Bopara can't gather and it's two more. Hang on - SIX MORE! Borren hammers one over square leg. A single - AND NOW DE GROOTH HAS GONE! A leading edge to Key. A modicum of relief for England.

14th over: Holland 122-4 (Borren 27, ten Doeschate 1) - Holland need 41 from 36 balls 
Nerves, nerves, nerves. Ten Doeschate almost runs himself out by slipping when turning for a second run. He gets off the mark though. And a wide from Broad. harshley given, but not what England need. A decent over, though, just six off it.

15th over: Holland 128-4 (Borren 28, ten Doeschate 6) - Holland need 35 from 30 balls 
An excellent over from Rashid, until he offers ten Doeschate a touch of width. The Essex man cuts superbly for four - a cracking shot and one that relieves a bit of the pressure. Another six off the over. "Thanks to Willem van Schaik for this (10th over)," writes John Starbuck. "It looks as if you really need two teams of two to play. Take a cricket pitch and put two pegs in, 22 yards apart. A 'bowler' sends a hoop down to the outfield (a la bowls) and his fielding team-mate has to retrieve it and return it to the pitch, where the 'bowler' rings the peg, by which time the opposing two have to stop running, a la cricket/rounders. Most runs wins, in a given number of 'overs' - which have to be switched from end to end to ensure fair conditions and take advantage of the slope, if any. It only wants a couple of pub teams to take it up, call it Van Shaking to make it appear suitably obscure, and MCC will start using it as an opening ceremony. The OBO community might adopt this as a signature pastime."

WICKET! Borren 30 c Shah b Anderson (16th over: Holland 133-5 (ten Doeschate 9, van Bunge 0) - Holland need 30 from 24 balls 
Anderson returns. England should have run out ten Doeschate, but a horrible wild throw from Collingwood beats Foster - nobody covered themselves in glory there. More swiping, more singles. And another twist! Borren loses his head for a moment and skews one into the London sky. In the pouring rain, Shah takes the catch.

17th over: Holland 142-5 (ten Doeschate 12, van Bunge 6) - Holland need 21 from 18 balls 
Rashid again, Van Bunge forward defends. Ten Doeschate slices, Key shows a surprising turn of speed and, incredibly, saves four. Van Bunge follows it up with a clubbing cover drive for four. What a shot. Gordon Bennett! England might just lose this.

Van Bunge c Wright b Anderson 8 (18th over: Holland 145-6 (ten Doeschate 13, Schiferli 0) - Holland need 17 from 12 balls 
"And I thought Pakistan were crap the other day," notes a disbelieving Hammad Rashid. This was supposed to be a quiet Friday night - where has all this nonsense come from? More singles for the Dutch, and this pair look like they can bat. Van Bunge, in particular, has looked very composed - no wild flailing, just good timing. Oh - and now he's holed out. Wright clings on to the catch - in the crook of his elbow. That'd be a fitting metaphor if England win this.

19th over: Holland 156-6 (ten Doeschate 19, Schiferli 3) - Holland need 7 from 6 balls 
A dot ball first up from Sidebottom, in harness with those from Anderson last over, mean England are probably favourites again. Then the Dutch batsmen collide mid-pitch, it should have been another run out. It's not. Morgan drops one on the boundary, saving a six but condeding a four. It would have been a stunner, but, having got there, he probably should have held it. A big lbw appeal off the penultimate ball, but instead it's too leg byes. A horrible full toss gives Holland two more. I'm not a fan of this form of the game, but this is truly breathless, all-action stuff. Seven to win. Let's go ball-by-ball shall we?

19.1 overs: Holland 157-6 - Holland need 6 from 5 balls Broad in. Wide. A swipe. A shy at the stumps. A single.

19.2 overs: Holland 158-6 - Holland need 5 from 4 balls Again the batsmen can't clear the pitch. Broad picks up the ball, dives at the stumps ... THIRD UMPIRE! ... it's very, very close ... but the impact of Broad hitting the deck has dislodged the ball from his hand. It's another single.

19.3 overs: Holland 159-6 - Holland need 4 from 3 balls DROPPED! A high full toss, thumped back. It would have been an amazing catch. I'm having palpitations ...

19.4 overs: Holland 160-6 - Holland need 3 from 2 balls A swipe, a miss, and a BYE! I feel dizzy ...

19.5 overs: Holland 161-6 - Holland need 2 from 1 ball Ten Doeschate pulls to mid on. Another single. Are we going to have a one over eliminator? I'm beginning to feel a little sick ...

20 overs: Holland 163-6 AN OVERTHROW! HOLLAND HAVE WON! Schiferli chops the ball into the turf ... the sprint is on ... Broad, on his backside, takes aim ... and misses! And with no one backing up, the batsmen scamper through for a second. Incredible stuff. Just stunning.

Well, well, well ... Here's a rather excited Peter Leijsten: "We are the best in the world! We are the best in the world! We have beaten England in cricket!! It is completely unbelievable! We have beaten England! England, birthplace of giants. Lord Nelson, Lord Beaverbrook, Sir Winston Churchill, Sir Anthony Eden, Clement Attlee, Henry Cooper, Lady Diana - we have beaten them all. We have beaten them all. Gordon Brown can you hear me?"

A four-wicket victory, then. With two overs to go, I thought it was all over. The 17 required seemed just out of reach. But missed run outs (too many of them to count), a dropped chance and a mess of a last ball gave the Dutch victory. Where did it go wrong? Probably in the second half of the England innings. They should have put the game out of sight, but the middle order utterly failed. The Dutch innings began drifting away from the moment Darron Reekers hit his first six, Tom de Grooth's superb 49 from 30 balls gave the Netherlands the impetus, while Borren and ten Doeschate were excellent in keeping the runs ticking.

English cricket's most embarassing moment? Certainly one of them. Be sure to stick around for Paul Weaver's report from Lord's, and head over to the sportblog later this evening where David Hopps will be having his say. Thanks for all your emails. Goodnight.

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I prefer to fondly remember this wonderful match (he says, moving swiftly away from cricket, which is ridiculous in itself seeing as his team have just won the World Cup):

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Ice hockey-season starts tomorrow for me, when HPK face KHL-team Sibir Novosibirsk in a training match. It's beginning to be a tradition all ready. 

Summer is passing by again and the start of season 2019-2020 is just a few weeks in the future. HPK will have to defend their title and now that they are ruling Finnish Chapions, there's also Champions Hockey League, which starts in the end of August. So, lot's of hockey coming our way, again. 

HPK renewed themselves quite concervatively during the off-season this time. Our best forward Teemu Turunen and our captain Otto Paajanen left to Helsinki, playing for IFK next season. Goalie Emil Larmi signed an entry level deal with NHL-team Pittsburgh Penguins and probably starts his North-American career in the AHL. Defencemen Niklas Almari and Jesper Lindgren also left to North America. 

HPK managed to secure lot's of players from the champion-team. Important defencemen Niklas Friman, Petteri Nikkilä and Arto Laatikainen all continue their careers in HPK. From the offencemen, beside Turunen, Paajanen and Eetu Tuulola (who also left to North America), all the key players continue. And HPK managed to sign centers Cody Kunyk and Tommi Tikka from other teams in the league,  so once again we have a very competitive team. 

This season will also be the last for our coach Antti Pennanen, who will be coaching our national U20-team in the future. I miss this guy all ready, it was his work that made HPK what it is today. It didn't happen over night, there were difficult times, but in the end the hard work paid off. Wouldn't be surprised if his career would some day continue in our national team. 

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On 8/6/2019 at 2:11 PM, hunebedbouwer said:


The next ice-hockey for me will be in February 2022.


The Champions Hockey League introduction-video for HPK. Kind of a city tour of Hämeenlinna (the medieval Häme Castle, Aulanko Park, restaurant Piparkakkutalo or Gingerbread house 1:08 and so on) mixed with stupid humor. 

I like this all ready:D.


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Is that the national league or the European one (if there is such a thing - quite possibly)? It's funny enough to have spend time and money on during the summer!! :P

If that 2CV has any relation to the squad's atmosphere, the club must have an excellent vibe at the moment.

I love the iconic looks of those French cars (we call them 'ducks' in Dutch), but they were/are horrible to drive and a big NONO for safety!!!! Give me a Peking-duck anyday:giggle:


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12 hours ago, hunebedbouwer said:


Is that the national league or the European one (if there is such a thing - quite possibly)? It's funny enough to have spend time and money on during the summer!! :P

This is basically an equivalent for UEFA Champions League. Grand total of 32 top European teams divided in 8 groups of 4 teams. After groupstage round of 16 (home and abroad) and so on. 

IIHF has tried this kind "European Champion"-tournament for decades all ready, this current version started during 14-15 season. This is the first time HPK participates. 

12 hours ago, hunebedbouwer said:

If that 2CV has any relation to the squad's atmosphere, the club must have an excellent vibe at the moment.

I love the iconic looks of those French cars (we call them 'ducks' in Dutch), but they were/are horrible to drive and a big NONO for safety!!!! Give me a Peking-duck anyday:giggle:


2CV. We call it "Rättisitikka", "Ragcitroen". "Sitikka" being the often used nickname for all Citröen cars in Finland:D. Without a one of the most iconic looking cars alongside Volkswagen Beetle, Citröen DS and Saab 96. 

The vibe is good. Watched three training matches so far and everything seems to be in order. Again, this team isn't the strongest team if you just look at the names in the roster. Our goalie Joona Voutilainen will have huge shoes to fill after Emil Larmi left the team. Somebody has to step up and fill the shoes, or skates to be more on the hockey side, of Teemu Turunen and Otto Paajanen. This duo played almost three seasons together and became one the best duos in the league. 

But that's how this team rolls. Somebody always has to step up. This team can't compete with salaries with richer teams, we have to give younger, upcoming players that chance to grow. And again, there are a few looking for their chance to break through. 

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O, the VW Beetle...................for me it has/had the most iconic car sound ever...........absolutely love it!

While the Saab 96 has no iconic status over here, this one has that as well....the Renault 4......




It is referred to as 'cookie tin':giggle:

And yes, the Citroen DS is an epic car as well....




So, here are the Dutch nicknames for them....

VW Beetle - 'kever' = beetle

Citroen DS - 'snoek' = pike

Renault 4 - 'koekblik' = cookie tin

Citroen 2 CV - 'eend' = duck


O, and ofcourse there is the Fiat 500. We really don't have a nickname for it as it barely fits 1 Dutch person. It's adorable. 




The Dutch have also a classic..........the DAF 33. I always found it a horribly designed car, but a lot of Dutchies adored it! It was the first car with automatic gears though to DAF's defence. Thankfully they stopped designing horrible cars and they concentrated on very good and succesful trucks.  




The last one must be the old Mini Cooper. Iconic British and kind of adorable too. Thrice as good as the Fiat, I reckon. We have also no nickname for this one too.

And then there is the Trabant. 

So far the autosport part of this post.

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On 8/13/2019 at 12:38 AM, hunebedbouwer said:



While the Saab 96 has no iconic status over here, this one has that as well....the Renault 4.....


Well. at least Anneke loves these cars. 


We use to call SAAB 96 "retki banaani". Or "trip banana". :giggle:

On topic. Lots of deadlifting, squatting and othe gym activities ahead. The summer is coming to end and I'm going to start another 3 months of workout in a few days. 

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So, for all cycling lovers (and I am a huge one), one of the main and most exiting events starts today: The World Championships on the road. This year held in Yorkshire, England. Let's say around Leeds and Harrogate. Nice landscapes, hilly but very bad roads and there will be lots of people along the route. I think the atmosphere will be fantastic! Hopefully no idiotic behaviour of so-calledfans!

There are 11 races on these roads:

Today, the 22nd of September, the mixed relay time trial. All participating countries start with 3 men doing the 14 km long route and the time of the second rider counts. When the second rider crosses the line the 3 women start and the finishing time of the second woman counts as end time. It's a new thing, although at the Europeans it was tried out first. I don't mind it, but the distance might have been a bit longer. Also, most countries will not start their best riders, which is pretty stupid I reckon, because there's a world title at stake and how many riders will ever win one of these? Not many! It's a new discipline and because the cycling world is a pretty conservative world, these things will take time. Maybe also, because the individual time trials will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday. They might get tired of that extra 14 kilometers.............

Monday, 23rd of September - Time trial junior women and junior men

Tuesday, 24th of September - Time trial U-23 for men and the Women's time trial

Wednesday, 25th of September - Time trial for men

Thursday, 26th of September - Roadrace for the junior men

Friday, 27th of September - Roadrace for the junior women and the U-23 men (it's a shame and at the same time a disgrace that there still isn't a women's U-23 roadrace!!!!)  

Saturday, 28th of September - Roadrace for women

Sunday, 29th of september - Roadrace for men (an incredible 285 km long!)


What's not to like..............being outdoors, seeing lovely landscapes, have a ball with other cycle fans and enjoying absolute topsporters suffering  under the line of 'rather they than me':P

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Doha World Athletics Championships over and nothing much to tell in Finnish front. On Javelin, Lassi Etelätalo was 4th. Our trio of women in 100m hurdles made it to semifinals, Nooralotta Neziri being 14th with her season best result. Triple jumper Kristiina Mäkelä finished 14th. And that's just about it. 

@hunebedbouwer, feel bad for Dafne. But that's the life of an athlete. You train and train for months and then something snaps and that's it. 

On hockey front, HPK has had a disappointing start for the season. They are all ready out of the Champions Hockey League and in Finnish League they have now dropped to 10th spot with six losses in 10 games. Last springs hero's are now mere mortals. One of the best defensemen in last springs games, Arto Laatikainen, took a 6 game suspension because of a completely idiotic hit and our top defenseman, Petteri Nikkilä, is wondering in the shadows. The only thing going for us right now is two youngsters, Valtteri Puustinen and Filip Krivosik and center Cody Kunyk, but a few birds don't make a summer yet. It about time this team starts to realize the season has begun, they are the ruling champions and now everybody's after their scalp. 

Well, I can still reminisce last spring games. With this rate next spring will be a lot shorter....


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We got 2 gold medals through Sifan Hassan, but can't bereally happy about them. How can you join a very dodgy (and now banned for 4 years!!!!!!!!!!) trainer 2/3 years ago with a clear conscience? Salazar was already very much doubtful for years!!! Remember all the dodgy (Mo Farrah for one and all the Ethiopians and Kenyans), how stupid can you be?

Blame Salazar and yourself and not anyone else when shit happens and you're in the middle of it! That's in general the view of all Dutchies. I must admit that she has improved her running techniques enormously, but the stain will always remain, no matter what she says. Get a reality check Sifan! To her defence, she had to admit to an extra Dutch Athletics doping check regime (on top of the normal one) before she went to the USA, but still. 

She could win 2 Olympic gold medals next year and I still would not get that exited. 

Dafne had a horrible year, starting with a fall off the stairs at home in February or so. That set her whole training and competition schedule totally of the rails. She then tried to improve too fast and her whole year went more or less out of the window with her injuries at the worlds as finishing point. I think she was in a pretty good form in January. Now, she has to set her mind to next year and the Olympics. Remember that she does not have a golden Olympic medal yet.  


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