Three strikes and Alf’s down

June 14, 2009

Alf admits to being a bit of a grouch first thing most mornings, until he’s had his first shot of caffeine. But he was dispirited more than usual this morning as Radio NZ reminded him of what had happened last night.

First, National colleague Melissa Lee finished well behind Labour’s David Shearer who won the Mt Albert by-election (but she did keep the bloody Greens from being able to brag about ousting the Nats from second place).

With all the votes counted, Shearer had 62 percent, Melissa Lee trailed with 17 percent and the Greens Russel Norman had 12 percent

Second, the All Blacks were done by the French at Carisbrook.

Third, the Black Caps were trounced by Pakistan at the 20-over cricket tournament.

But fair to say, Alf lost money only on the All Blacks.

He placed no bets on Labour winning the by-election, but he did put money on Melissa holding that Russel-with-just-one-l bloke at bay and on Shearer getting a smaller majority than Helen Clark in 2008.

Oh, and he put his money on Pakistan for the cricket.
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England’s humiliation

June 6, 2009

It was a big day for Dutch cricket, when the Netherlands shocked the cricket world and left England on the verge of a humiliating first-round elimination at the World 20-20 opener at Lords.

The newspapers have been laying into England.

The Daily Express branded it “humiliation”, comparing England’s “most embarrassing defeat” in limited overs cricket to “a rocking horse winning the Grand National”.

“All the hope and expectation for a memorable summer was trashed by the men in orange, who could never have dreamed of coming to the headquarters of cricket and beating the hosts of the World Twenty20.”

“Clogs 1 Clots 0”, said The Sun.

The Dutch have done it before, however. Alf remembers when the Netherlands scored its first victory against a Test-playing nation, with a 3 wicket win over an Australian team back in 1964.

A Netherlands side beat an England A team including Test players Hussain, Alec Stewart and Derek Pringle in 1989, too.

But neither of those games, both played in the Netherlands, were full internationals.