Saturday, 2 April 2011

A nation celebrates

Well, after 6 weeks, the Cricket World Cup is over, and India have emerged as worthy winners after a thrilling final against co-hosts Sri Lanka.

It's been an interesting tournament, with some outstanding displays of batting, bowling and fielding, and some abject disasters too in all three fields. It has thrown up some surprising results - well, surprising to some - as England lost to Ireland but beat South Africa, and shares in that fabulous tie against the eventual champions.

We have seen, perhaps, the final World Cup performances from cricketing legends such as Ricky Ponting, Muttiah Murulitharan and Sachin Tendulkar, who failed to score his 100th international century during the contest, but who still thrilled the crowds with his poise and timing.

England went to the competition with high hopes of repeating their T20 World Cup success, but sadly, despite some excellent individual performances from Jonathan Trott and Tim Bresnan to name but two, they were not able to come up to the standard needed. Their campaign was not helped, of course, by a number of injury and health problems which surfaced, but they were still able to reach the quarter final stage.

And now, as the parties continue across a continent, the English prepare for the start of the domestic season next week. Here's to a summer of more excellent and enjoyable cricket! (And hopefully a Yorkshire Championship!)