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A sporting cornucopia

I settled down at 6.00pm for a plethora of tv sporting choices: the USPGA, the fourth ODI between England and Pakistan and the EFL play-off semi final between Charlton and Doncaster.

The US PGA at Beth Page is becoming a procession for Brooks Koepka. This might well please Pargie but I do prefer a bit more competition. If Koepka does win, it will be his fourth major and at 29 I can see him overtaking Sir Nick Faldo and Seve Ballesteros who both have won six.

So I went with the ODI.

I do enjoy watching England and the mercurial Pakistan. Eoin Morgan, David Willey, Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, David Bairstow did not even make the starting side whilst Alex Hales has been dropped with Sam Billings out of contention.

Pakistan’s total of 374 would have been once formidable but scorecards are being prepared for the ICC World Cup for a 500 total.

The conditions have been skewed to the batter.

Jason Roy scored a century and Ben Stokes rediscovered his batting form.

There was one bizarre incident when Pakistan failed to appeal a clear run out.

Readers may not know that if fielders fail to appeal the umpire cannot give it out.

England made the total with an over to spare.

I was pleased that, for all Charlton fans have suffered in the last 10 years, 26,000 of them were at the Valley for the EFL semi-final against Doncaster.

Mind you, I can recall those fans moaning that they can go no further with Alan Curbishley. They were right. After he went they descended two divisions. Now under ex-player the once controversial Lee Bowyer has restored their pride and support.

I cannot wait for the final on Monday week against Sunderland.

About Tom Hollingworth

Tom Hollingsworth is a former deputy sports editor of the Daily Express. For many years he worked in a sports agency, representing mainly football players and motor racing drivers. Tom holds a private pilot’s licence and flying is his principal recreation. More Posts