This week really saw the t20 World Cup start to take shape and there were some epic matches already. The one that takes the cake though has to be Ireland vs. Netherlands (on Friday) where The Netherlands accomplished the almost impossible, created some new records and set the standard for possible scores so high I doubt many will reach this again! 190 runs from 13.5 overs looks impossible (when I played that would be a good score in 40 overs). The only thing that didn’t happen, but nearly did, was six sixes in an over. What is the take home message from this? Well most of the Dutch players are County Cricketers, so that has to be good for the game. It is also a key illustration of how well you can play with a clear mind, when the pressure is lifted by there not really being a chance. Love or hate this style of cricket, it is changing the way the game is played and will affect the longer game. More of these unusual shots will be played in the longer game when quick runs are required to achieve specific outcomes. I think the take home message is that it is impossible to bowl defensively against such a barrage – I feel sorry for bowlers in t20 cricket. I doubt any of the major teams will ever match this game for sheer entertainment value. Mind you the lightening strikes at the England New Zealand game were quite dramatic.
What else for me during this week? Early in the week, while the weather was still warm, I went up on the roof and fitted the new metal aerial bracket to secure the satellite dish against strong winds – it is really solid now. A trip to the dentist mid-week, which was reassuring in that she said my teeth were in good condition. The shoe rack is now finished and in place; although, there was a slight problem with part of the house electrics that protrudes and I had to fit the rack around this. It was really just a problem of having less manoeuvrability when assembling it in situ. The rack has all of the shoes on it and some space for more, so that has worked out well.