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Another knife-edge finish; England beat Windies by 18 runs!

England’s cricket world cup hopes remain intact after another knife edge finish. It’s safe to say that England have put their fans through the wringer this world cup; losing to Bangladesh and Ireland from winning positions and beating South Africa and the West Innings in tight thrillers, I don’t know how much more my nerves can take! England weren’t terribly convincing with the bat, only Jonathan Trott and Luke Wright made serious contributions to the cause; third highest scorer, Strauss only made 31 runs and the English were all out for 243 with 1.2 overs remaining. The West Indies started off brightly with Gayle and Sammy hitting 84 runs from 50 balls hitting four sixes and 10 fours between them. Followed by the Windies collapsing to 150 – 6 and England looked in the ascendency but the Windies were having none of it, Russell and Sarwan adding 72 runs to bring the West Innings with 21 runs of victory. The tension was rising as the Windies needed 21 runs with two wickets in hand; but for the West Indies it wasn’t to be as England cleaned up the tail for a further two runs to take victory by 18 runs. There was a couple of bad points in England’s fielding; Ravi Bopara’s dropped catch and Trott’s catch that went for six; which I believe was a fair decision; Trott’s shirt did touch the boundary rope and the player himself accepted the decision gracefully. Ultimately I’m happy that England took victory as those incidents would have been massive talking points if England exited the world cup because of those missed opportunities and of course the press would have crucified Bopara and Trott and probably the match umpires as well. England’s qualification for the knock out stages is still not certain; other results need to go their way to qualify for the quarter finals, but it looking good.

I was worried about the future of Plymouth Argyle when I read a statement on the club website appealing for donations of memorabilia and cash to keep the club running. Obviously this statement coming on the day that new owners were to be unveiled is very unsettling. And now I read that agreement on future funding of the club has not been found between the administrator and potential buyers. Playing staff have been asked to defer their wages for March and the office and backroom staff have been asked to defer March and April wages. Now I find this to be unfair; not on the playing staff having to defer wages; they get paid enough to be able to go a few months without hardship; but the office and backroom staff don’t have that luxury as they don’t get paid anywhere near as much as the playing staff. I wouldn’t blame the non-playing staff if they looked for alternative employment; they still have bills to pay! Life goes on even if the club is faltering!

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