England have suffered their first defeat of the 2011 cricket world cup at the hands of Ireland; yes you heard that right; I said Ireland. I didn’t even realise that Ireland played cricket until this world cup. It’s not even like England played badly; at least with the bat setting the Irishmen a target of 328 to win with a 168 run third wicket stand between Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott being the highlight. Ireland didn’t exactly start their innings well finding themselves 111 – 5 after 24 overs; everything seemed to be going to plan for England at this point in the game. Then it all went horribly wrong for the Englishmen; Kevin O’Brien was hitting the England bowlers all over the ground. The Irishman hit 116 runs from just 63 balls; which is a world cup record and included 13 fours and 6 sixes, O’Brien was finally run out with 317 runs on the board. O’Brien’s amazing knock left Ireland only needing a run a ball to take a historic victory against England. I’m not going to say England played badly but you have to say that the English bowlers must have been delivering short and wide balls for O’Brien to be able to hit as many boundaries as quickly as he did; I say this not having actually seen the game. But all credit to Ireland; they were more than equal to England’s solid innings and the cricketing world will have stood up and took notice of the Irishmen after today’s performance, well done Ireland; well deserved win!!! And for England; crisis point? just about beating Holland and now a loss to another newbie country, Ireland. Progression from the group stages is not even a certainty at this point; a draw, a loss and a win isn’t good enough to qualify in a group that includes, India, West Indies and South Africa.
It has been reported that Plymouth Argyle are certain to enter administration as early as Friday. Some funds has arrived at Home Park, a reported £350,000; well actually at the lawyers office representing Argyle as the club’s bank account has been frozen and that amount falls well short of the £1.4m cash injection promised from Japan. Peter Ridsdale who threatened to leave club last month as an ultimatum to Kagami to try to force the Japanese to stump up the long awaited cash which failed; has left the club again over certain board members not wanting to relinquish their position on the board to help with the sale of the club. Ridsdale is continuing to try to find an investor and/or buyer for the club. I agree with him on this matter; everyone on the board needs to leave should a buyer be found; they have taken the club from a decent financial base in the Championship to the verge of administration in two years. Sir Roy Gardner’s five year plan to get to the premiership, more like a damn incompetent fool who has ruined my football club.