England’s winter of cricket hell ended with the embarrassing defeat to Holland in the t20 World Cup.
Bowled out for less than 100 against part-time minnows was pretty abject to say the least.
It wasn’t a good audition for Ashley Giles’ England head coach ambitions, but it still looks as if he will be the man employed on a permanent basis.
Poor in the field, flakey in the batting department and rather expensive with the ball, England were some way short of being competitive and a win against Sri Lanka flattered to deceive.
Taking positives will not be easy, but dissecting the performances individually and as a team will need to be done.
Although not mathematically out of the promotion race, it would appear that Scarborough Athletic’s promotion ambitions have hit the buffers.
Having seen little of Rudy Funk’s men this season it would be difficult to pinpoint the problem.
Very few injuries, plenty of self-discipline, a settled side and a good team spirit normally prevail at non league level so perhaps one or two of these ingredients are not quite right. But I am sure they will be looking to finish the season as high up the league as possible.
The title race is hotting up nicely with the form team Liverpool firmly in the mix.
I have said Man City all season and my money would still be on them, but the fact Liverpool have both City and Chelsea to play at Anfield will have a strong bearing where the title will end up.
The threat of administration at Leeds United is a worrying one when you consider the size of the club its fan base and the fact it has already gone through this process once before.
Let’s hope something is put in place sooner rather than later.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:
Crystal Palace’s victory over Chelsea. They say you need to win the games against teams around you so this victory was very much a bonus.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“For the British press, whatever we do is never enough. And the feeling in FIFA is that all this British criticism is partly sour grapes.”
FIFA’s Michel D’Hooghe.