New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Super Eights, Grenada

This could be the match of the tournament so far, at least in terms of form, although Australia vs South Africa was right up there as well. That old war-horse Chaminda Vaas has a couple of wickets already and in the 6th over, New Zealand are 4 for 2.

Scorecard

Oh dear. They’re now four down…

Ireland vs New Zealand

Late again. Well, you get what you pay for around here. In the 18th over, New Zealand are 87 for 3 and while not in trouble exactly are not finding the Irish minnows so easy to deal with. Comment away- I’m off to bed soon so if there’s an upset I want to hear about it here first!

 Scorecard

Can v NZ; Neth v Scot, World Cup

Canada take on New Zealand and Netherlands face Scotland in today’s games. I was depressed and alarmed at Zimbabwe’s listless, pathetic performance yesterday. They were shockingly poor. But as my boss noted, it’s not the players’ who are to blame. They’re just too young, too inexperienced. Nevertheless, they should not be in this tournament – morally or otherwise. Anyway, keep your eye on the scorecards below and leave your thoughts, like the winners you all are.

Canada v New Zealand scorecard
Netherlands v Scotland scorecard

Ken v NZ; Scot v SA, World Cup

Kenya take on New Zealand today – can’t wait to hear how that goes. New Zealand looked good against England (not hard) but Kenya…well, I really fancy their chances. How they cope with the tournament’s most outstanding fast bowler, Shane Bond, will be interesting.

Scorecard links are below…then leave your thoughts.

Kenya v New Zealand
Scotland v South Africa

England v New Zealand, World Cup, Gros Islet

England’s opening World Cup match against New Zealand is making me very nervous indeed. I would rather they played anyone but the Black Caps (the “Blick Cips”) who always seem to perform better than you expect them to in a World Cup. Nevertheless, now’s the time for England to really show the tournament what they are capable of. Kevin Pietersen, please stand up, etc.

Scorecard here. History of Gros Islet here. Chat below. Rock on.

World Cup, fourth warm-ups: live discussion

So the final warm-ups are today, and some fascinating matches in store, not least England against Australia. Duncan Fletcher has been wittering – “It’s an important game, but we’ve still got to use it as practice”. Usual nonsense.

Anyway. Post your thoughts on the matches which all begin around 13.30GMT

New Zealand v Sri Lanka
Three Ws Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados

Pakistan v South Africa
Sir Frank Worrell Memorial Ground, St Augustine, Trinidad

Australia v England
Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, St Vincent

India v West Indies
Trelawny Stadium, Jamaica

World Cup, second warm-ups: live discussion

More warm-ups today.

Australia v Zimbabwe
Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, St Vincent

Bangladesh v New Zealand
Three Ws Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados

Canada v Pakistan
Sir Frank Worrell Memorial Ground, St Augustine, Trinidad

India v Netherlands
Trelawny Stadium, Jamaica

For those in Britain, India’s match is being televised on Sky.

What would you give up to play for your country in the World Cup?

Jacob Oram would give up his finger to play.

Jacob Oram is willing to cut off his injured ring finger if it is going to prevent him from playing in the World Cup. Oram will try specially designed splints and pain-killers to ease the pain, but if the problem won’t go away he will consider an amputation.

“If it means cutting the finger off, if that’s the worse-case scenario, if that’s the last resort, I’ll do that, there’s no way I’m missing this,” he told NZPA. Oram suffered the break during the first Chappell-Hadlee Trophy match and he will not test it until the New Zealand squad’s first practice session in Barbados on Saturday.

Good on him, I think. And if he plays, he gives New Zealand the extra depth they need to make a serious tilt at the Cup.

Even Baldrick wasn’t this cunning

“World Cup  plans on  track: Buchanan”

Ye gods, if this is a plan…

To be fair though, Buchanan never actually is quoted as saying that. It is another case of sub-editors licence. However, if Australia don’t have a markedly improved performance against New Zealand tomorrow in Auckland, the howls coming out of Australia will grow ever more shrill.

Mind you I am confident that things will turn around in time for the World Cup. There’s a lot of water to flow under the bridge yet.

A black (cap) day for Australian cricket

The scoreboard tells the story.
It must be twenty years since I’ve seen such a poor performance by an Australian side; they were second best for the entire game. This was a woeful display, lacking in any of the traditional Australian virtues of discipline, enterprise and initative.

There’s no doubt that New Zealand played very well, and they would have won against better sides then this. Shane Bond was an absolute menace, and the wicket was difficult for the batsmen. New Zealand’s openers had a lot of play and miss in the first half of their innings. But once they were settled, Fleming and Vincent had no trouble picking off the runs.

There was one particular standout moment of the day, which was Bond’s caught and bowled off Cameron White. One of the best catches I’ve ever seen.

The only thing that went wrong for New Zealand was Jacob Oram, who broke his finger while catching Mitchell Johnson in the deep.

Australia look gone to me. The injury list is bad, the confidence is shot, and there is not much time to turn things around.