Cow Corner

  • The unstoppable Burnley Bronco

    5.45pm: The super hover is on and that is it for the day which is good news for mkip1234 who will become his region's leading orator on cycling with all those mags. E-mail your details to cow.corner@yahoo.co.uk. See you at 10.30am.

    BALL-BY-BALL SCORECARD | MATCH GALLERY    

    5.10pm: Bad light I'm afraid. Jimmy can put his feet up and get handshakes. We are off to get milkshakes. It's dark but stay tuned, we will keep you informed. 

    5pm: New Zealand 96-6 (33 overs) - WICKET! Jim Laker, Anil Kumble, Jimmy Anderson?? The ten-wicket haul is on as he goes around the wicket and gets one to leave Oram

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  • Saturday Night Fever

    19.29 - New Zealand 177-5 (60 overs): Oram clubs two fours off the final over from Sidebottom and that, at last, is stumps. An impressive fightback from the Kiwis but England remain massive favourites, particularly following those two late wickets.

    Cowers will be back in the morning, and today's non-event of a competition goes the way of spudaz86 who correctly predicted a New Zealand follow-on.

    THIRD TEST SCORECARD | MATCH GALLERY

    19.20 - New Zealand 169-5 (58 overs): WICKET!! Flynn goes for 49. He flings his bat at a wide one from Sidebottom, it's a rash shot and Ambrose moves to his left to

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  • Washout spares whitewash

    18:56 - MATCH ABANDONED! BOO! HISS! Particularly annoying for the English minority of Proteas ghetto Southfields, as they will not be able to jibe their South African chums about a series whitewash. Oh well, 4-0 it is, a quite superb ODI introduction for new captain KP. Thanks for joining us though, shame mother nature decided not to play ball today.

    18:39 - Rain update... Having missed the 17:45 deadline, they have to decide whether to play by 19:00 at the latest, and take to the field no later than 19:55. If not, the match is a wash-out and England fail to get the 5-0. Boo!

    17.28 - Play was 

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  • Damp squib in dank Cardiff

    If 'dreary' and 'uninspiring' were not the terms on the tip of your
    tongue after watching England pummel Pakistan in Cardiff then
    perhaps your evening was better spent reading Ian Botham's books on fishing.

    The tourists' attitude appeared to suggest they were keen to show the
    world that worse was still to come from them as they were skittled out for just
    89.

    It is fair to say that England are thoroughly enjoying the summer, and
    Graeme Swann et al treated the match as a testimonial at times, laughing,
    joking and patting Timmy Bresnan's paunch at every opportunity.

    It was an attendance which a

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  • England shine for Pietersen

    England 49-1 (17 overs): CLOSE: FINE DAY FOR ENGLAND. The home side lose Strauss early on, but Cook and Bell combine to see them through to the close with an unbroken 42-run stand. 

    England 42-1 (15 overs): Good progress from England this evening, eight overs remaining. Bell and Cook haven't given the South Africans a sniff since Strauss' wicket.

    England 34-1 (12 overs): Ntini is still slanting the ball across Cook, who is doing well to maintain his discipline. The light is fine at the moment; a beautiful summer's evening. 

    England 29-1 (9 overs): Good stuff from the England boys at the

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  • Shambolic Pakistan shamed at Lord’s

    It was a mournful, sombre atmosphere at cricket's HQ as a humiliated Pakistan completed their hapless capitulation in the fourth Test, overstepping the mark of irresponsible batting in the process.

    The tourists recorded their heaviest ever defeat in a Test match as England's number nine Stuart Broad ended up scoring more runs in his one knock than the entire Pakistan side could muster in either of their two innings.

    While England were busy swiping a staggeringly spineless Pakistan batting line-up aside, there was an unavoidable elephant in the Lord's Long Room - the shocking allegations of

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  • Bad light… again

    Once again we're left flummoxed by the light. The English summer
    provides too little, the floodlights at Lord's too much.

    With the
    cheapest ticket at Lord's no less than £50, surely the International Cricket
    Council need to act to ensure the paying public get their money's worth.

    The
    current regulations put the umpires in an almost impossible position. The
    floodlights were turned on in north west London, but the artificial
    light and the red ball combined causes havoc for batsmen. Catch 22.

    Alastair
    Cook and Jonathan Trott were hauled off and, granted, the rain which delayed
    the start of the

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  • Rip up the record books

    It was a day which had every bespectacled, ginger beer-swilling
    statistician purring over their homemade scorecards as Jonathan Trott and Stuart
    Broad became record breakers.

    Aside from merely eclipsing his father Chris's highest Test score,
    Broad also scored double the amount of the entire Pakistan side as the tourists
    wilted woefully like a Bangladesh tail in the final two sessions of the day.

    The lanky seamer fell just four runs short of the best score by a
    Test number nine with his 169, but his exploits earned him a meal at "the
    most expensive restaurant in town" on Paul Collingwood's

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  • Wahab the next Wasim

    Who
    or what is a Wahab Riaz? That was the question on everyone's lips at the start
    of play at The Oval, but by stumps everyone was well aware of the Wasim Akram
    reincarnate.

    The
    debutant, who did not manage to take more than two wickets in an innings during
    the entirety of the Pakistan first-class season, mustered three in the morning
    session alone to run through the England top order
    and took five in all.

    Akram,
    who could make the red cherry walk and talk like no one else, would have been
    grinning broadly as the man nicknamed Vicky had England's batsmen on the hop
    with his

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  • Aamer glimpse into the future

    Despite
    having a haircut Jennifer Aniston would be proud of, Mohammad Aamer still
    managed to see through his floppy locks to run through the England middle order
    like a knife through butter before Stuart Broad and Johnny Trott staged a
    staggering comeback.

    The
    prodigious 18-year-old, aka the floppy-haired assassin, absolutely obliterated
    the England middle order, who appeared to be playing French cricket as they
    tentatively wafted their sticks of willow at his dizzying array of rapid
    deliveries.

    England
    were Aamer-ed in the morning as Kevin 'I'm atrociously out of nick' Pietersen,
    Paul 'I was

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