The Legend of the Week Catch-Up

First up, sorry that I haven’t been posting more. I’ve been on holidays and I spent half of it not being able to post and the other half lazing off.

That said, I haven’t posted on Legend of the Week for over a month, so I figure that I’ll present the four nominations I’ve missed* and my Legend of the Month for June.

Legend of the Week Nomination Number 1: Laura Bassett (England)

The English defender managed to give us all a reason to laugh at England by putting her foot in the wrong place at the wrong time.

There was a minute and a half to go in the women’s World Cup semi-final between Japan and England, and the scores were 1-1. I was hoping that Japan would go on and win (Asian pride), but that would have the added bonus of England losing.

With 80 seconds to go, Japan played a ball forward, Bassett stuck her foot out to try and intercept it, and it bounced off the bar, into the goals, and back out.

I failed to pick that it was a goal, but when I saw the replay, it was obvious.

Laura Bassett of England is comforted by team mates.

I feel sorry for her, but she still gets the nomination.

Legend of the Week Nomination Number 2: Shane Watson

And we go from England to Wales this time, to take a look at Shane Watson.

Watson has been dropped for the second Test at Lord’s, as the Australian selectors have decided they’ve had enough. And if it’s his final Test match, then his first innings dismissal sums his career up perfectly:

SR Watson, lbw b Broad, 30, reviewed decision.

He didn’t make a duck but he did make a fine duckface.

Legend of the Week Nomination Number 3: Chris Rogers

Now, for something happy.

ROGERS!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

For proof, take a look at his first class innings since March:

  • 47 for Victoria v South Australia
  • 72 & 69* for VIC v Tasmania
  • 112 & 17 for VIC v West Australia
  • 2 for Australia v WICB Pres XI
  • 84 & 45 for Australia v Kent
  • 21 & 32 for Australia v Essex
  • 95 & 10 for Australia v England
  • 158* and counting for Australia v England

He may be going. But what a way to go.

Legend of the Week Nomination Number 4: Melbourne Stars

The Melbourne Stars have some crazy amount of flaunt for a team that’s always choked at the semi finals.

Do you see the Stars on this table? No!

Season Final Final host Final venue
Winner Result Runner-up
2011–12
Details
Sydney Sixers
158/3 (18.5 overs)
Sixers won by 7 wickets
Scorecard
Perth Scorchers
156/5 (20 overs)
Perth Scorchers WACA Ground
2012–13
Details
Brisbane Heat
167/5 (20 overs)
Brisbane won by 34 runs
Scorecard
Perth Scorchers
133/9 (20 overs)
Perth Scorchers WACA Ground
2013–14
Details
Perth Scorchers
191/4 (20 overs)
Perth won by 39 runs
Scorecard
Hobart Hurricanes
152/7 (20 overs)
Perth Scorchers WACA Ground
2014–15
Details
Perth Scorchers
148/6 (20 overs)
Perth won by 4 wickets
Scorecard
Sydney Sixers
147/5 (20 overs)
Neutral Venue Manuka Oval
2015–16
Details

You’d think that the Perth Scorchers would be the equivalent of India. But no, the Stars get that.

For some inexplicable reason, the Stars have both of the men’s and women’s captains of Australia in their side.

This is probably the doing of a certain newspaper based in Southbank.

I may be a bitter Renegades supporter, but still..

And now, the Legend of the Month for June, the one, the only…

Dennis Freedman!

In case you missed it, he gets the award for posting one of my pieces on his site. Since then, he’s done another one.

Have fun reading this, Dennis.

*All of these nominations will be placed in the July awards basket, based on the fact all of them are from July.

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