It's been a big sporting weekend, and there are a few matters worthy of comment, so let's wrap the weekend up. Who knows; this could become a Keeping Stock feature!
We reckon that the ICC anti-corruption geezers will be taking a very close look at last night's England vs South Africa World Cup match. Having dismissed the English for 171, the Saffers were cruising at 124 for three when the wheels fell of the ox-wagon. South Africa was dismissed for 165, and South Africa B's chances of making the World Cup quarter-finals were resurrected from the dead. Hmmmmm ....
And the Black Caps did as well as they could against Zimbabwe on Friday night. It was a match where they were on a hiding to nothing; anything less than a convincing win would be unacceptable. To their credit, the Black Caps delivered; the bowling was disciplined; the fielding was good (with the exception of Dan Vettori's howler), and you can't bat much better than McCullum and Guptill did. The match against Pakistan tomorrow night is now eagerly awaited.
Super Rugby is well and truly underway, and the conditions at the weekend were decidedly rugby-like. It was a cracking weekend for the New Zealand teams; all four teams in action had wins. Especially noteworthy were the Crusaders' win over the Waratahs in Nelson and the Blues' win over the Cats in Jo'burg, but there was only one contender for the performance of the round; the Highlanders remain unbeaten after snapping the Bulls' 18-match unbeaten home run. Jamie Joseph has the Southern Men playing some great rugby, and it's great to see!
And last, but by no means least, it's game on in the English Premiership. Arsenal seemed to have squandered a chance to put the pressure on Manchester United by drawing with lowly Sunderland until Liverpool thrashed The Scum this morning, 3-1. "King Kenny" Dalgleish has done wonders with the Merseysiders, who have powered from the relegation zone to sixth on the table in the space of a couple of months. In the meantime, Arsenal is now only three points behind Man U with a game in hand, and we reckon that 2011 could be the Year of the Arse!
So that's our wrap on the sporting weekend; care to share yours?
Footnote: Let's keep this post to sport, ok?