AB de Villiers: are you serious???

AB de Villiers has just smashed the fastest ODI century in the history of the game. 31 balls to get to a hundred with 10 6s and 8 4s. That is just amazing batting!!!

There is oft conjecture about who is the best player in the world and, indeed, the best batter. Frankly that conjecture is pure fiction in my view: AB de Villiers in the best cricketer in the world hands down. One only need to look at his importance to his team coupled with his record to know that.

Smith, Warner and Kholi are battling for the second prize in this race but are a long way back as today’s innings has again shown!

South Africa must be the favourites for the coming World Cup and should win it so long as de Villiers stays on the park.

The Weekend Multi

It has been a while since I posted a weekend sports multi. I have been busy and just haven’t been in a punting mood. That said: I had a little bit of time on the golf course this afternoon to ponder the weekend’s sport and have come up with this multi:

Leg 1: San Francisco Giants to cover the line (-1.5 runs) against the San Diego Padres in the MLB.

Leg 2: Chicago White Sox to cover the line (-1.5 runs) against the Seattle Mariners in the MLB.

Leg 3: Gold Coast Suns to defeat Collingwood by 39 points or less in the AFL. 

Leg 4: Sydney Roosters to defeat Cronulla by 13 points or more in the NRL. 

Leg 5: Fremantle Dockers to defeat the Melbourne Demons by 39 points or less in the AFL.

Leg 6Argentina to defeat Belgium in the World Cup. 

Leg 7: Sharks to defeat the Cheetahs by 13 points or more in Super Rugby. 

This multi should pay around $200 per dollar invested. 

As always: 

  1. Please gamble responsibly.
  2. All care is taken with this tip however no responsibility for any losses incurred. 

The Weekend Multi

I am not having a punt on the races this weekend, but I have run the ruler over the sport on this weekend and have come up with the following five leg multi that I am feeling quite confident about:

Leg 1: Richmond to cover the line (+24.5 points) against Sydney in the AFL.

Leg 2: Canberra to cover the line (+3.5 points) against the Bulldogs in the NRL.

Leg 3: Total game score great than 2.5 goals in game between France and Switzerland in the Soccer World Cup.

Leg 4: Hawthorn to defeat Collingwood by 1-39 points in the AFL.

Leg 5: Cronulla to cover the line (+9.5 points) against Manly in the NRL.

This multi should return around the $26 mark for each dollar invested.

As always:

  1. Please gamble responsibly.
  2. All care is taken with this tips however no liability for losses incurred.

My name’s Stephen and I have a confession …

The World Cup is about to start in Brazil and most people seem to be agog at the thought.  Frankly though, and this is my confession, I am completely nonplussed by it.  That is strange because, as a kid, the only sport I played more than soccer (I will never call it football) was cricket but I just can not seem to get excited by this tournament.

If I am honest I can glean a couple of reasons for this:

  • Whilst I enjoyed playing soccer it has never been a game that I enjoyed watching on TV or even live.
  • I concede that there are some supreme athletes who play the game but I have found, over the years, the litany of diving and histrionics on the pitch distasteful.
  • Will there ever be a World Cup tournament, the awarding of which, is not stained by the overt corruption of the Blatter regime at FIFA.

So whilst the bulk of people will be getting up in the early hours to watch games between the Ivory Coast and Hondurus I will remain in the land of nod with my social media accounts muted apropos the World Cup.

Fans of the World Cup: enjoy the tournament and can someone let me know when it is over?

Cricket World Cup 2015: Pools and Draw Announced

The pools and draw for Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand have been named today by Dave Richardson from the ICC.

The pools are:

Pool A: Australia, England, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, New Zealand and 2 Qualifiers

Pool B: South Africa, India, Pakistan, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Ireland and a Qualifier.

Games will be split between venues in Australia and New Zealand with 23 games in New Zealand to be held at Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Napier, Nelson and Wellington whilst 26 games will be played in Australia to be held at Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. The tournament will be played over 44 days starting on Valetines Day (14 February) and finishing with the final at the MCG on 29 March 2015.

The Australian team will play the following pool games in their quest to qualify for the finals:

Game 2: v England at the MCG (14 February)
Game 11: v Bangladesh at the Gabba (21 February)
Game 20: v New Zealand at Eden Park (28 February)
Game 26: v Qualifier TBD at the WACA (4 March)
Game 32: v Sri Lanka at the SCG (8 March)
Game 40: v Qualifier TBD at Bellerive Oval (14 March)

The Quarter Finals will be played between 18 March and 21 March and will be played at the SCG, the MCG, the Adelaide Oval and the Wellington Regional Stadium. The Semi Finals will be played on 24 and 26 March at Eden Park and the SCG respectively. As noted above the tournament will culminate at the MCG on 29 March.

Qualifing teams for the Quarter Finals will be the top 4 teams from each pool.

There are 563 days till the World Cup kicks off. Now back to the Ashes!