Cow Corner

  • Stanford Super Series no more

    Cow Corner is
    pleased to hear that Sir Allen Stanford is set to pull his money out of the
    'Super Series' despite there being four further fixtures planned with the ECB.

    In news that will break
    the heart of Matt Prior's lovely blonde wife Emily, the billionaire Texan
    is set to make use of a get-out clause to abandon the next four annual 'Twenty20
    for 20' circuses.

    Intense criticism from
    these shores and apparent reluctance from the England players to be there at all made
    the match a farce only slightly further demeaned when the 58-year-old turned up
    in a chopper with a box full of moolah.

    Is

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  • England fall short

    21:30 - WI 114-8 (65.5 overs) - Panesar beats Edwards' outside edge with his first two balls but there is no way through. WEST INDIES WIN THE SERIES 1-0 AND THE PLACE HAS GONE NUTS!!! The inquest will begin for England who lose the Wisden Trophy after being dismissed for just 51 in Jamaica. They came so close in the third and fifth Tests only to deny themselves a better chance due to late declarations. Join us on Sunday evening for the Twenty20 International.

    MATCH SCORECARD
    MATCH GALLERY 

    21:27 - WI 114-8 (65 overs) - Ramdin is looking for the
    single to keep strike but sweeps for four so

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  • There’s some people on the pitch…

    It was an historic day at Lord's, and not because beanpole paceman Steven Finn ended with nine wickets in the match.

    England's 21-year-old seamer got his name on the Lord's honours board alongside the great names of Ed Giddins, Ashley 'King of Spain' Giles and Philip 'Daffy' De Freitas, but all the talk centred around the lunch interval.

    You are probably thinking the holder of four fried egg-eating world records Timmy Bresnan must have been up to his old tricks again, but it was the MCC's decision to allow the spectators to 'perambulate' (Lord's Dictionary, 1912) on the outfield which grabbed

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  • No taming Tamim; forget the rest

    England took a firm grip of the second Test late on the second afternoon against Bangladesh - but only once they had removed their nemesis Tamim Iqbal.

    The 21-year-old is fast becoming one of the most devastating - and entertaining - batsmen in world cricket, a Bangladeshi Virender Sehwag.

    An elegant left-hander always gets plus points on the style marks - think Clive Hubert Lloyd, David Ivon Gower, Robert Graeme Pollock etc - and Tamin scores his runs at a fair lick.

    His 100 today came off the same number of balls, following on from his century off 94 balls at HQ last week.

    Indeed he has now

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  • Left-armer leaves KP in a spin

    Kevin Pietersen was already planning which angle his sponsors would like to see his bat raised at and whether his helmet had messed up his Brylcreemed hair, when left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan got his 'bunny'.

    Pietersen was well set on 64 in glorious sunshine and on a flat deck against an innocuous bowling attack minus its quickest bowler, when he succumbed to the Bangladesh skipper for the fourth time this year.

    KP was not merely dismissed, he was humbled, outfoxed, and done like the proverbial kipper as he danced down the wicket as if emulating a heavily sequinned Darren Gough, only to see

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  • Tamim ton leaves the purists purring

    What is there left to say about Tamim Iqbal that has not already been said? Well, everything as it happens, but the 21-year-old's blistering ton at Lord's should boost his lowly profile somewhat.

    It took the hugely excitable opener just 94 balls to plunder 15 fours and two sixes in truly exhilarating fashion as England's four-man attack toiled like a well fed Angus Fraser bowling on a road in Antigua.

    When Jimmy Anderson, Timmy Bresnan, Graeme Swann and Finn tell their grandkids about their cricketing exploits, they may well be braced for the swift riposte: 'Yes, but you were mullered around

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  • The win is Finn the bag

    After half a day of changing room cricket and Ian Bell-related banter due to incessant rain, England still managed to slay four Tigers with a stunning spell from Steven Finn setting up the win.

    A dreary bout of rain ensured that the England players were cooped up in the dressing room with their extensive backroom staff leaving little space for kit bags, let alone Tim Bresnan's brunch.

    Graham Gooch was left to show anyone even remotely interested the ideal tempo at which to perform a bicep curl with a kettle bell, while David Saker regaled everyone with rather galling stories of nights out with

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  • Booger fills his boots

    Jonathan Trott, who appeared to bat with a damp, dud Harrow bat in South Africa, grabbed a new, oiled short-handle and roared back with an unerring 175 to dispel any question of him carrying the isotonics.

    Trott, who is affectionately known to his mates as 'Booger', went through many different guises on day one at Lord's as he lurched from a free-flowing Denis Compton impersonation on a flat deck, to spells of desperately drab circumspection a la Chris Tavare on a pudding pitch.

    From the moment Graham Gooch handed Eoin Morgan his first England cap without a flicker of a smile and an uplifting

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  • Tireless Trott Lord’s it up

    The wicket was left in a shambolic state, with the umpires thoroughly peeved at providing a leg-stump guard every three deliveries, but Jonathan Trott finished with 226 runs to his name after an epic vigil at the crease.

    ECB chairman Giles Clarke, himself no stranger to digging up dirt, would have been secretly impressed as he was summoned out to inspect the craters created by 'Booger' with Aussie match referee Alan Hurst, but the umpires were less than taken with his questionable crease conduct.

    The last time an England batsman scored 200 at Lord's was back in 2004 when the cherry-cheeked

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  • Colossal Mr Cricket tees up dream final

    The final everyone had been talking about looked, at one point, as unlikely as Saeed Ajmal taking a catch, but thanks to Mike 'Mr Cricket' Hussey, the showpiece match will see England take on the old enemy Australia.

    If there is one man who lives, drinks (well, not in the Jesse Ryder sense of the word) and sleeps cricket it is 'the Huss', who sprints out to the middle and reads chapters of Allan Border's autobiography at every rain break while re-knocking in his old bats.

    Shahid Afridi's side had one foot in the final before the sunblock-plastered left-hander bulldozed a belligerent 60 off

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