As much as I would like to say the sporting highlight of the weekend was the Arsenal/Chelsea match, it really wasn’t. In fact, it was a bit of a snore-fest.
For 86 minutes Arsenal played like they didn’t want to lose, while Chelsea went about their work with one eye on their Champions League match against Barcelona.
Then, with four minutes to go, both teams seemed to suddenly realise that, hey, this is quite an important match to win. We’re both still playing for Champions League places and, oh, we actually could do with the three points here.
So, for four minutes plus injury time the players woke up and the fans were elbowed out of their slumber. It was too late. A goalless draw was the inevitable outcome. It turned out to be a better point for Arsenal than for Chelsea, as Spurs lost to QPR. Newcastle are in major contention for fourth, even third, though their goal difference is inferior to Arsenal’s. I’d love to see the Magpies edge both Spurs and Chelsea to claim that fourth spot. But that’s just me being biased.
The match of the weekend came at Old Trafford, where Man United somehow managed to slip up. They allowed Everton to snatch a 4-4 draw. It’s quite inexplicable, really. I can’t remember a United side letting things slide so close to the end of the season. Don’t get me wrong, I was laughing all the way. But then I remembered that the biggest benefactors of this situation were Man City. Argh.
I don’t particularly want United to win the title, but I want City to win it even less. I despise everything the club stands for. And of course I’m no fan of Nasri.
Rather the devil you know than the one you don’t, is how I feel about it.
I can’t end off without making mention of Robin Van Persie, who was named the PFA Player of the Year. It couldn’t have gone to any other player. He’s been a phenomenon. I just hope he stays at Arsenal.
Proteas getting better by the match
The Castle Lager Proteas have ticked two out of the three boxes of accomplishments on their current tour of New Zealand, with their mission for the third tick starting at the University Oval in Dunedin on Wednesday. The three-match National Bank Test Series is the final hurdle for the touring party, after successive T20 and ODI series victories and while the momentum weighs in favour of the Proteas, coach Gary Kirsten feels it will be essential to make a quick mental transition to the longer format.
“We’re looking forward to the series, it’s been a great tour for us so far,” Kirsten said. “I think we have played better as the games have gone along but it’s a new format and we need to make sure that we are mentally ready and up for it.”
CSA pays tribute to Jacques Kallis
CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) will pay a special tribute to its greatest ever son, Jacques Kallis, on the occasion of the New Age Cup T20 International match between the Proteas and India at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on March 30.
“We want to make this a Jacques Kallis evening in which we acknowledge his huge contribution to the Proteas and South African cricket generally as player, role model and mentor,” commented CSA CEO Gerald Majola. “He has been a wonderful ambassador throughout his career that has just entered its 17th year and is showing no sign of coming to a close.
“It is highly appropriate that we should honour him while he is still at the height of his powers.
Morkel spearheads Proteas to victory
MORNE MORKEL claimed his maiden five-wicket haul and Hashim Amla produced his first significant innings of the tour to lead the Proteas’ Castle Lager squad to a six-wicket victory over the New Zealand Black Caps with 70 balls to spare at McLean Park, Hamilton, on Wednesday.
It was a result that clinched the three-match series for the Proteas 2-0 with the final match to be played at Auckland’s Eden Park on Saturday and thus completed the limited overs double as they had previously won the T20 series 2-1.
It was the Proteas’ fourth international tour win in a row and will give them excellent momentum heading into next week’s Test series.