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My sporting weekend

For an avid TV sport watcher Sunday was manna from Heaven with cricket, the Tour and golf.

The new kid on the block Hojgaard of Denmark won his second European tour victory in the Welsh Open at Celtic Manor in a play off with Julian Walters.

The BMW  on the USPGA tour also went to a play-off with Jon Rahm sinking a monster putt to beat the in-form Dustin Johnson.

Not a winner in sight for Pargie but enjoyable golf.

I was busy channel hopping to follow the England cricket in the T20.

With young Tom Banton and Stokes, Roy and Root not playing, England have plenty of depth in batting talent and in bowling Jofra Archer.

It’s a seismic change from the quieter rhythms of Test cricket.

It’s like you have listened to a classical symphony and your kids then want to play Status Quo.

Whatever its detractors and the purists say, it’s here  to stay.

I too the advice of a friend who is an aficionado of cycling by backing Tom Demoullin and Thibaud Pinot for the Tour.

However his caveat that there will be many falls was certainly proven on the slippery roads around Nice in rainfall.

Yesterday we saw the glorious countryside outside Nice and the Peleton was in no mood for cautious restraint this time.

However they could not rope in Julian Alaphilippe though our own Adam Yates chased him down to the wire.

Its going to be a Tour of surprises alright.

My only betting win was against Liverpool in the Community Shield.

I reckon Arsenal will be a force again under Arteta and their fans that I know have certainly warmed to him.

Liverpool are rusty and the Community Shield can produce strange results. It was another play-off.

In all the events I watched except for the Tour there were no spectators but after a while you get used to it.

The new sporting normal.

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