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A great day of sport

With my missus off to Alton Towers with grandkids Holly and Bracken I had the run of the gaff.

Armed with a chilled rose, a Rosalie Mistral, recommended and supplied by Algy for services rendered and warm enough to fire the barbecue on the back yard I settled down to burgers, sausages and coleslaw with TMS as company.

It’s a long time since I felt so at ease with the world.

Both World Cup games went to the wire and were thrilling encounters.

In England we love a sporting under-dog: think North Korea in 1966 and Mr Lu at Royal Birkdale in 1969, so could Afghanistan topple mighty India?

They nearly did.

Amongst the analysts the philosophy and strategy of 50-over cricket are not set in stone. Some like Michael Vaughan and Alec Stewart criticise gung-ho batting and use the buzz phrase “smart cricket”.

Others like Paul Farbrace and Sir Curtley Ambrose are more in the go-for-it school.

The most thoughtful of all in his Times column Mike Atherton identified a problem with England batting second on a dry pitch.

If they win the toss the canny ones in the business end playing England may well decide to bat.

One pleasing aspect of the tournament is the absence of any trouble amongst the spectators.

Even India and Pakistan, two countries virtually at war, was played out in a noisy but never violent fashion. England football fans take note. This camaraderie certainly extend to TMS which is like a club for the overseas commentators like Brian Waddell of New Zealand or Jim Maxwell of Austraia who happily seems to have recovered from his stroke.

Aggers presides over this masterfully. Sometimes the commentators cannot contain their national fervour – like the West Indian Fazir Mohammed – and this only adds to the enjoyment.

I did not have much time to follow the golf.

My two picks – Matthew Fitzpatrick and Matt Wallace – are going well in the BMW Masters at Munich but less so over the States Paul Casey who has slipped own the leaderboard.

The Highlands Course is a beautiful one.

Chez Reavie is 6 strokes ahead here.

About John Pargiter

John Pargiter’s biggest claim to fame is his first-ever work experience job, as ‘legs’ (or runner) for Henry Longhurst. For many years he worked in insurance at Lloyds. After retiring he has returned to his favourite sport of golf and is a keen recreational sailor and grandparent. More Posts