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Midweek Huddle

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Midweek roundup



Liverpool closed the gap on 4th place Manchester City with a comfortable 2-0 win over Newcastle Monday night.

Last night saw Champions League quarter-final action with Athletico Madrid drawing 0-0 with Real Madrid. Juventus take a 1-0 advantage into the away tie with Monaco.

Tonight sees FC Porto host Bayern Munich and PSG host Barcelona.

FA Cup semi-final action this weekend.


Reading v Arsenal


Aston Villa v Liverpool

Premier League action as well.


Chelsea v Manchester United

Crystal Palace v West Brom

Everton v Burnley

Leicester v Swansea

Stoke v Southampton


Manchester City v West Ham

Newcastle v Tottenham



England’s game against the West Indies is into day 3. Day 1 saw England struggling at 34 for 3 after Trott, Cook and Balance all went cheaply.

Joe Root and Ian Bell steadied the ship with 83 for Root and 143 from Bell.

Day 2 saw Ben Stokes get 79 runs and the tail wagged for a bit to get England to 399.

At the end of day 2 the West Indies got to 155 for 4 wickets.

Day 3 so far has seen the West Indies bowled out for 295 runs 104 runs behind England’s total. Jermaine Blackwood top scored with 112 and James Tredwell was pick of the England bowlers taking 4 wickets.

England’s 2nd innings has started like the 1st losing Cook and Trott cheaply and at the time of publication 25 runs for 2 wickets a lead of 129 runs.

James Anderson is now 1 wicket away from equalling Sir Ian Botham’s wicket taking record for England and 2 from overtaking it.

County Championship news.

1st Division

Hampshire v Sussex

On winning the toss Sussex decided to bat first and scored 444 runs, thanks to 96 from Luke Wright and 144 from Ben Brown. Pick of Hampshire’s bowlers was Danny Briggs who took 4 wickets. In response Hampshire scored 231 with Sean Ervine top scoring with 66. The pick of Sussex bowlers was Ajmal Shahzad who took 3 wickets

In their 2nd innings Sussex scored 164 with Luke Wright top scoring with 61 runs. James Tomlinson was pick of the Hampshire bowlers picking up 4 wickets. Needing 374 runs to win Hampshire were all out for 285 despite a fine 79 by Michael Carberry losing the match by 92 runs. Ajmal Shahzad was again pick of the bowlers picking up 3 wickets.

Middlesex v Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire won the toss and batted first scoring 298 Brendan Taylor top scoring with 106. James Harris was pick of the Middlesex bowlers taking 4 wickets. Middlesex managed to only score 181 in their first innings with Sam Robson and John Simpson top scoring with 35. Harry Gurney and Samit Patel both picked up 3 wickets for Nottinghamshire.

Nottingham in the 2nd innings saw them score 401 and declare leaving Middlsex 518 runs to win or not lose 10 wickets to draw the match. Tim Murtagh took 3 wickets for Middlesex. Batting to win or save the match Middlesex managed to 300 runs losing only 7 wickets meaning the match was drawn. Nick Compton top scored with 85. Harry Gurney was again pick of the Nottinghamshire bowlers taking 3 wickets.

Somerset v Durham

Somerset batted first and scored 299 Johann Myburgh top scoring with 118 runs. Paul Collingwood was pick of the bowlers with 5 wickets for Durham. Durham scored 380 in their 1st innings with Paul Collingwood scoring109 to add to his 5 wickets. Lewis Gregory was pick of the Somerset bowlers picking up 5 wickets.

Somerset managed to score 230 in their 2nd innings Peter Trego top scoring with 79. Christopher Rushworth was pick of Durham’s bowlers with 6 wickets. Durham then scored 150 runs to win the game with Scott Borthwick scoring 51.

Worcestershire v Yorkshire

Worcestershire batted 1st and scored 311 with Thomas Fell top scoring with 114. Pick of the Yorkshire bowlers was Jack Brooks who took 5 wickets. Yorkshire in their 1st innings scored 307 with Alex Lees and Tim Bresnan both passing 80 runs. Gareth Andrew was pick of the Worcestershire bowlers with 5 wickets.

In the 2nd innings Worcestershire were bowled out for only 100 runs. Steven Patterson doing the damage with 5 wickets. Yorkshire then knocked off the 105 runs to win without losing a wicket and getting off to a winning start in defence of their title

The IPL (Indian Premier League) standings are as follows:

  1. Rajasthan Royals
  2. Chennai Super Kings
  3. Kolkata Knight Riders
  4. Delhi Daredevils
  5. Kings XI Punjab  
  6. Sunrisers Hyderabad
  7. Royal Challengers Bangalore
  8. Mumbai Indians


Rugby League

Thursday’s fixture:

Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves

Friday’s fixture:

St. Helens v Leeds Rhinos

Sunday’s fixtures:

Huddersfield Giants v Catalans Dragons

Widnes Vikings v Castleford Tigers



Scott Quigg could face Nonito Donaire on these shores if the Carl Frampton fight does not get made.

Floyd Mayweather has hinted that after the Pacquiao fight he will fight 1 more time before retiring.



Premier League action comes from Aberdeen this week.


Dave Chisnall v Phil Taylor

Stephen Bunting v Adrian Lewis

James Wade v Gary Anderson

Barney v MVG

Stephen Bunting v Phil Taylor



Jordan Speith equalled the lowest ever score -18 for a Masters tournament as he led from day 1. Having finished 2nd on his debut last year he managed to win his first major by 4 shots over Justin Rose and Phil Mickleson.

This win lifts Speith up to world number 2 just behind McIlroy.

As well as equally the lowest winning score he also shot 28 birdies which is a record and was the first player in 39 years to lead from start to finish



This week’s precession I mean race will be held in Bahrain. Let’s hope we get a new pole sitting and also some more teams challenging for the win. If we don’t it will be another boring season and fans will become turned off.



2nd round of qualifying is underway with former champions Steve Davis and Peter Ebdon failing to get into the final qualifying round. Other former champions Graeme Dott and Ken Doherty have progressed to round 3.

Fan favourite Jimmy White was another casualty of round 2.

Graeme Dott, and Matthew Stevens have made the full draw after 3rd round wins. Former champion Ken Doherty lost in the final qualifying round.


Across the pond


The Eastern conference standings are as follows.

  1. Atlanta (x)
  2. Cleveland (x)
  3. Toronto (x)
  4. Chicago (x)
  5. Washington (x)
  6. Milwaukee (x)
  7. Boston 9 (x)
  8. Indiana

(x) Play-off berth

Indiana is the form team with a 6 game winning streak which has seen them move into the final play-off spot 1 more win or a Nets loss will see them take the 8th seed.

The Western conference standings are as follows.

  1. Golden State (x)
  2. Memphis (x)
  3. LA Clippers (x)
  4. Portland (x)
  5. San Antonio (x)
  6. Houston (x)
  7. Dallas (x)
  8. New Orleans

(x) Play-off berth

San Antonio is the form team on a 11 game winning streak. The 8th seed is still up for grabs with New Orleans in position at the moment but OKC are on their heels.

NHL play-off matches


Ottawa @ Montreal

NY Islanders @ Washington

Chicago @ Nashville

Calgary @ Vancouver


Pittsburgh @ NY Rangers

Detroit @ Tampa Bay

Minnesota @ St. Louis

Winnipeg @ Anaheim

Friday and Saturday will see game 2 of the matches.

MLB standings are as follows:

American League

East: Boston 6-2

Central: Kansas 7-0

West: Oakland 5-4

National League

East: Atlanta 6-2

Central: Cincinnati 5-3

West: Colorado 6-2

Other news and 2 pitchers have been banned for 80 games nearly half a season for failing drug tests. New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia and Minnesota Twins pitcher Ervin Santana have been caught out early in the season.

NFL and Michael Crabtree has left the 49ers and joined up with the Raiders. The deal is for 1 year worth $3million with another $2million in incentives.

The Steelers CB Ike Taylor has retired after 12 seasons. Along with Troy Polamalu the Steelers are going to have to rebuild their defence.

Aaron Hernandez the former Patriots TE has been found guilty of killing another man and will serve a life sentence.




Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Andrew Huddlestone

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