Cricket - It's a funny old game

Cricket - It's a funny old game

Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Beige Archives: Gracious hosts give Dutch victory

This article first appeared on the BBC's 606 forum on the 5th of June 2009.

England, the host nation for the World Twenty20, graciously stepped aside and let their unfancied opponents The Netherlands win the opening match of the tournament today.

“How bad would we have looked if we had beaten our guests?” said England Captain Paul Collingwood at the completion of the match. “We wanted to uphold the spirit of hosting that we had during the one-day World Cup back in 1999 and we are really pleased with how things went exactly to plan.”

“All that’s left is for us to lose to Pakistan which we are looking forward to as they have had a hard couple of years and we’d like to do all we can for them while they are here”.

England had happily claimed the underdogs tag before the start of the tournament, but their commitment to living up to that tag has taken most experts by surprise.

No comments:

Post a Comment