Saturday, 16 August 2008

Hold the phone

After their Big Brother incarceration, the England Lions team finally learned a thing or two from the Australian house and beat South Africa today by six wickets. This was a marked improvement by the England Lions, facing a full strength South Africa.

Matt Prior, fresh from escaping eviction from the Big Brother house added a healthy 33 off 50 balls, but it was Patel (scoring 60 off 71), Shah (46) and Morgan (47) combined that clinched the victory.

All this is good news for the England camp as it shows South Africa to be human beings rather than cricket-playing aliens. The Twenty20 game on Wednesday (England v South Africa, 4pm) promises to be an interesting one (though Matt Prior is still on thin ice).

Nightwatchgirl has patted herself on the back for her efforts in making the Lions a team that can win (along with Mascarenhas and Trott). She expects a call from the England selectors imminently.

p.s. Nightwatchgirl does not wish to bring too much attention to the following fact, but with the addition of Ed Joyce (who was captain) and Eoin Morgan to the Lions team, it seems the win was largely due to two Ireland players (and if you count Darren Pattinson, then an Australian as well).  What this says about the other England players not chosen, Nightwatchgirl does not wish to even go there and consider it.


Val Blundell said...

It's bad for those that are desperately trying to get into the Lions does nothing for their confidence and i personally think the selection of Pattinson itself was a smack in the teeth.
What with all the Kolpak players in the county sides, it will be a miracle to have an 'all English' team in years to come!

Edladd said...

I don't see the problem with having Joyce, Morgan and Pattinson in the side. (Well maybe Pattinson since he doesn't really seem to want to play for England.) But both the others have given up the chance to play for Ireland and qualified to play for England, and as such deserve the opportunity to do so.

The Nightwatchgirl said...

Nightwatchgirl completely agress with edladd. Of course, players who qualify for residency and who are good enough to be selected for England should play for England.

Edladd said...

To be fair though, I'd prefer if they'd stay with Ireland. It's rare enough that we produce international quality cricketers (even at associate standard), so it would be nice to be able to hold onto them.
Love the blog, keep up the good work.

The Nightwatchgirl said...

Thanks edladd. Nightwatchgirl aims to please. said...

It looks it's not that easy observing from both sides.