Canada v Zimbabwe
Yay Zimbabwe won.... by a huge margin! Yes it counts, because Afridi's heroic fiver against Kenya counts as well. I am not sure if there is a lot to say about the bowling, everybody did a very good job, however I can't tell how hard it is to get the Canadian batters out, but today's performance should give one or two guys a nice little confidence boost.
|Tatenda Taibu 98 v Canada (c) Getty Images|
After a horrendous start -the first voices arise who want Coventry dropped- Tatenda Taibu showed his class and undug the Zimbabwean innings with a fine and well-tempered 98. Stick your hand up if you think that he should perform like that more often! Furthermore I am especially delighted to report that at the other end of the wicket Babyslug Craig Ervine kept his calm as well and together with Taters he built a total comfortable to defend for the bowlers.
Elton... ahh bahh. Cremy and Williams with a quarter ton each lifted the total to 298. Not chaseable for the Maple Leaves against the spin-based Zimbian attack, which got additionally boosted since Greg Lamb replaced Regis Chakabva, a move that certainly did not harm Zimbabwe in any way.
Ehhhaaarrr I am having fuzzy warm Zimfeelings in the tummy writing this, but one has to keep in mind that they won't last forever, but, they are nice for the time being. Go the Zims!
Netherlands v West Indies
Hmmm what was I going to say... let me think.... *rubs chin* You can't stop a Redback! Tommy Cooper take a bow. When the card house around him was falling apart he weathered the storm and attacked the Windies with a fine, very fine fifty, and even the Cricinfo commentary had to acknowledge that "this guy can bat". Good man Coopy Doo.
|Tom Cooper 55* v West Indies, (c) Getty Images|
There's not many words to lose about the rest, just one remark and you know who it's gonna be about: Pollard messed up Pieter Seelaar's excellent figures by smashing his last ball for six. Grr. Alexei Kervezee has unfortunately started to annoy me a little, Holland needs him to buck up. So to me, apart from Ryan ten Doeschate and Super Cooper, Seelaar is Netherlands' most valuable player. And I am not saying this in a fit of blind sla rage. He is a good sla and I hope someone will pick him up.
Okay so after this funeral service I would like to re-direct your attention to an absolute treat: Surrey's Mark Church and Gareth Batty have revived their round Ashes table.... locker room bench... whatever, and are discussing England's World Cup matches. Check out what they have to say about the incredible tie between England and India, Sachin Tendulkar's 756th ton and the difficulties in bowling to him, Andrew Strauss' monster innings, batting powerplays and Indian outfields, in episode 2 of their World Cup Chat (Part 1 about Eng v NL can be found here):