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Cow’s Silly Point World Cup awards

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When Zaheer Khan rearranged Mudassar Bukhari's wicket in today's clash between India and the Netherlands, we reached the halfway point of this 2011 World Cup.

So with 24 more games to go - including the ones that are actually going to mean something - Cowers was itching to hand out some awards. 

And like a kid at Christmas (hey, it's getting closer...), he had to do it now.

So without further ado, here are the Cow's Silly Point World Cup awards, which he hopes one day will be well-known enough to be referred to as 'The Sillies':

 

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The lemming award for needless run-out

So needless was Canada opener Ruvindu Gunasekera's dismissal that it wins this award despite technically being given out stumped. But taking a couple of steps down the track when the ball is safely in the keeper's hands, and giving the gloveman enough time to miss his stumping once before whipping the bails off is a bit special.

Also nominated: Jimmy Kamande's suicide run-out (Kenya v Sri Lanka)

 

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The KP-skunk award for the tournament's worst hairstyle

Collectively awarded to the Ireland team, as exemplified by Kevin O'Brien, above. Their initiative to shave or dye their hair may have been for charity. It may have helped forge a team spirit which helped them stage one of cricket's great upsets in beating England in Bangalore. But don't you dare tell Cowers it looked good.

Also nominated: Zaheer Khan's blond streaks

 

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The Cow Corner trophy for slogging over midwicket

Tough to call it slogging as Ross Taylor obligingly swatted away pie after pie against Pakistan, but for those last overs boundaries rained down on cow corner more consistently than an Australian cricketer says, "Aw, look" before answering an interviewer's question.

Also nominated: Kevin O'Brien (Ireland v England)

 

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The UDRS salesman award

There's been plenty of debate about whether the use of technology to review decisions is a good or a bad thing for the sport. But there'll be few more convincing arguments to keep the Umpire Decision Review System than Daryl Harper's performance in the second innings of Canada v Pakistan, where no fewer than four of his calls were overturned by evidence.

Also nominated: The ICC - for pointing out that correct decisions have risen from 90% to 97% at the tournament.

 

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The 'playing the match situation' award

Canada's Rizwan Cheema, this one's all yours. Whether it's from the middle order (flaying a 9-ball 14 against Zimbabwe with Canada tottering at 104-4) or at the top (a 13-ball 17 when Canada were chasing a smallish total against Kenya), Cheema will mow across the line until he's inevitably beaten.

Also nominated: Jamie How (whose 29-ball 4 against Pakistan would have left even Geoffrey Boycott lamenting his sluggishness)

 

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The dark horse award

Instinctively, Cow fears horses. Especially dark ones, which run up to him unseen on his field and make him feel slow. It might seem silly to call the Australians dark horses when they haven't been beaten in the tournament in an astonishing 32 matches and 12 years - but they were very few people's favourites going into the tournament and they're the only top team to have enhanced their standing rather than hinted at reasons that they won't win.

Also nominated: Ireland, West Indies

 

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The best fans trophy

Sri Lankans have taken the tournament to heart, cheering on not just their own team but turning out in healthy numbers for the other contests on their soil. There's been colour, good sportsmanship, and even a shout-o-meter to prove the Sri Lankan's ability to shout about cricket.

Also nominated: Bangladesh - despite their passion, those on board the West Indies team bus vetoed their victory.

 

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Fanciest dresser

Cowers doesn't know your name, but he likes your style. And you get the award out of sympathy because you had to wear it while Pakistan slid to an abject defeat against the Kiwis.

But it wouldn't be fair not to give an honourable mention - and picture - to this enterprising Indian fan. The joy of this hat is that you can wear it to any social occasion...

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Also nominated: The Kenyan team. Their fancy dress - coming as cricketers - was so convincing that they've been allowed to play four games in Group A already.

 

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The Gough-Ramprakash trophy for services to dancing

Had the award existed four years ago, Trent Johnston would have won it for his chicken dance. Fortunately for him, though - or perhaps because he knew his dancing needed more recognition, Ireland's opening bowler repeated the tricky after sending Virender Sehwag back to the pavilion.
Also nominated: Bangladesh (celebrating wickets against Ireland)

 

 

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The Bruce Forsyth 'Brucie bonus' award
Nice to see you, to see you, nice! Cowers had a sinking feeling when it transpired that Eoin Morgan had been excluded from the World Cup despite his broken finger not needing surgery, so to see England's favourite Irishman arrive midway through the tournament in place of Kevin Pietersen was a pleasant surprise. And, as you can see from the picture, he's even brought drinks with him.
Also nominated: Mike Hussey (Australia, replacing Dougie Bollinger)
 

 

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And finally... The drop of the tournament - and any tournament
Kamran Akmal. Take a bow. This one had everything. It was Ross Taylor's birthday. He'd already missed out on a good chance earlier in the same over. Taylor punished him with an unbeaten innings of 131. It was ludicrously, joyously, comically simple. Cowers has hoofs for hands and has to stand on all fours - but he'd have caught it.
 
Also nominated: Graeme Swann (England v Netherlands)
 

Any trophies Cowers has missed? Why not add your own awards below?

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SHOT OF THE DAY: Peter Borren grabs the limelight by arresting the Dutch collapse against India with a sparkling six over midwicket.

STAT OF THE DAY: 2000 - Sachin Tendulkar becomes the first player to reach 2000 runs in World Cup matches. Ricky Ponting is 433 runs behind in second place, and as wag Patrick Kidd pointed out on Twitter, Ravi Bopara only has 1,755 runs to go to match him.

TWEET OF THE DAY: "Great to see @Eoin16 back on tour. Our ratio of normal hair:raging ginger returns to 5:1", Swannyg66 spots one of the less immediately obvious advantages of having Morgan on tour.

CAPTION COMPETITION: Yesterday's challenge was to put a good caption to Kevin Pietersen's arrival back at Heathrow Airport. The best suggestion? "Kevin was pleased to get some early practice in his new role of England team baggage handler!" - That's good enough for us, chrisdugg1

Can Chris defend his crown when faced with this extraordinary picture of Brian Lara at a festival in the Caribbean?

 

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COMING UP: Sri Lanka take on Zimbabwe in Pallekelle. Be there (on our live coverage, which starts at 8.30am UK time) or be square.

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