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20 JULY 2015

In cricket, England collapsed to 103 all out in 37 overs against a hostile attack spearheaded by Mitchell Johnson, leaving the series poised at 1-1 going into the third Test at Edgbaston a week on Wednesday. 

Steven Smith was named the Man of the Match, silencing his worst critics, who feared that he lacked the technique to play a long innings on English pitches. His first innings total knock of 215 was a masterclass. In the second innings he came and scored a quick fire and instinctive 58 enabling his team to make a timely declaration, showing immense patience and determination curbing his natural instincts to take the team's interests forward. 

The Aussies added a further 254 runs in their second innings choosing not to ask England to follow on. The leading men with the bat for the second innings were the top three as they scored at a quick pace to make sure they had well over five sessions to defend the total of 508. In the final innings the English performance was next to limp. The hosts bundled out within 37 overs, after being reduced to 64/5 at tea. The Aussies took only nine more overs to put an end to England's sorry chase. The Australian bowlers hunted in packs with Mitchell Johnson looking back to his menacing best as he picked up six wickets in this match.

To golf and The Open, where Jordan Speith is bidding for a third successive major title, and Paul Dunne, an amateur, are among those aiming for glory at St Andrews.

Dunne, the 22-year-old from Ireland, was impervious to everything around him and soaked up a day he won’t soon forget in his round of 6-under 66. Louis Oosthuizen, the last player to lift the claret jug on the Old Course in 2010, made three birdies over his last five holes for a 67. Jason Day had a share of the 54-hole lead for the second straight major with a 67, and this time he doesn’t have to worry about the vertigo symptoms he dealt with at the US Open. They were at 12-under 204.

Spieth ran off three straight birdies on the back nine and kept alive his hopes of becoming the first player to sweep the four professional majors in one year. He finished with a 66. Ben Hogan in 1953 was the only other player to win the Masters, US Open and British Open in the same year.

Second-round leader Dustin Johnson had a 75 to fall five shots behind.

Jones was the last amateur to win the British Open in 1930 when he came from one shot behind in the final round. He was the last amateur to lead after 54 holes three years earlier at St. Andrews, and he won the claret jug that year, too.

In tennis, and The Davis Cup, Andy Murray’s valiant display in his 3-1 win over France at London’s Queen’s Club, put Great Britain through to a home semi-final against Australia from September 18 to 20. As Belgium and Argentina contest the other semi-final, the mood in the Britain camp is one of optimism. The exacting level at which the Scot plays is habitually a survival of the fittest and the 4-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-0 score line was a perfect illustration of the way he used his superior strength almost to arm-wrestle a less durable opponent into submission.

Boxing and Anthony Crolla’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, placed a complaint with the WBA over the judges scoring minutes after the Mancunian’s controversial majority draw against light-weight belt holder Darleys Perez. The judges verdicts – 113-113 twice and 116-111 for Crolla – is likely to be investigated this week by the sanctioning body’s appeals committee, with a fight tape studied for inaccuracies. As the scores were read out at the end of 12 competitive rounds between Crolla and Perez in Manchester, the 12,000 strong crowd greeted the drawn score line with cat calls.

 

 

Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015

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