Moon of Liberty Darts – Players Championship 17 & 18


PDC Darts

Players Championship Final Round 17 – K Anderson v Painter


Kyle Anderson claimed a maiden title in the 17th Round of the Players Championship in Barnsley. He faced Kevin Painter in the final who was in his first main circuit tournament final for four years. Anderson began with a bang taking out 148 to break in the first leg and then went on to claim another break to take a 3-0 lead. 

Anderson then held again and went one away from a whitewash missing the third dart in an attempt to take out another 148 but was able to return and hit double 14 with his next dart. Painter avoided a whitewash by finishing off an impressive 128 to put himself finally on the board. He held to make it 5-2 and prolong the contest but that was as far it it went as Anderson won the eighth leg to wrap up the 6-2 victory over The Artist.

It ended the perfect day for the Australian who earlier in the day hit a perfect nine dart finish in he last 16 in his win against Ronny Huybrechts. 

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Player Championship Final Round 18 – Chisnall v North


It was third time lucky in 2017 for Dave Chisnall who claimed his first tour title of 2017 in Round 18 of the Players Championship. Having lost two finals this year experience was the key as he faced Swindon’s Richard North. North had never been in a final before but showed few nerves as he moved into a 3-1 lead early on.

Chisnall broke back with a 107 checkout to make it 3-3 and then held twice more to move within one of the title at 5-4. North was not done however and took the match all the way with a brilliant 144 finish under pressure. North had a finish to win it but could not take out 155, allowing Chisnall in to hit double 10 for the victory.

The tour moves down under next for tournaments in Australia and New Zealand. 

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PDC Darts Results

Players Championship 17 Final (Best of 11 legs)At the Barnsley Metrodome, Barnsley

Kyle Anderson (Australia) 6Kevin Painter (England) 2

Players Championship 18 Final (Best of 11 legs)At the Barnsley Metrodome, Barnsley

Dave Chisnall (England) 6Richard North (England) 5


Moon of Liberty Cricket – 2nd Test – SL v Ind


Test Cricket

2nd Test Match in Colombo – Sri Lanka v India


India put 600 on the board for the second game in a row as they continued their domination in Sri Lanka. Cheteshwar Pujara (133) and Ajinkya Rahane (132) both got centuries and four other got 50+ including Ravinda Jadeja who was unbeaten on 70 not out as India declared having put a mammoth total of 622 for Sri Lanka to chase.

The first innings reply was a total collapse by Sri Lanka who were bowled all out for just 183 with Ravichandran Ashwin taking 5 wickets. Sri Lanka put more of a fight up in the second inning after India enforced the follow on. Dimuth Karanaratne hit an impressive 141 and Kusal Mendis also hit a century with 110. The size of the total was too much though with the hosts finally dismissed for 386 with 5 wickets for the excellent Jadeja for a big innings and 53 run victory.

India now only have to avoid defeat in one of the next two games to take their eight test series win in a row.

Full Report (Cricbuzz)




2nd Test MatchAt the Sinahlese Spots Club, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka v India

India1st Inns – 629/9 Dec (Pujara 133, Rahane 132, Jadeja 70*, Saha 67, Rahul 57, Ashwin 54, Herath 4-154)

Sri Lanka1st Inns – 183 (Dickwella 51, Ashwin 5-69)

Sri Lanka2nd Inns – 386 (Karunaratne 141, Mendis 110, Jadeja 5-152)

India win by an Innings & 53 Runs

India lead the series 2-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANRavinder Jadeja (India)


Moon of Liberty Saturday Soccerround


Saturday Soccerround #MoonSoccer13

Championship – Nottingham Forest v Millwall

Forest Win


Nottingham Forest got off to the perfect start on Friday night with a 1-0 win over Millwall at the City Ground. a 25 yard strike from Barrie McKay, who manager Mark Warburton brought in from Scotland was enough to claim the points.

Steve Morison rattled the bar for the visitors as they dominated much of the game and had a number of chances. Despite this Forest held on for the three points which will increase the optimism around the club with new owners and a new direction. 

The win is Forest’s sixth opening day victory in the last seven seasons.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Sunderland v Derby County



Derby County began the new season on Friday night with a well earned point at Sunderland. Bradley Johnson fired the Rams ahead on 11 minutes but just before half time Jacob Butterfield handled in the box allowing Lewis Grabban to level with a penalty.

Both sides had chances to win it in the second half, Grabbon hit the post and Chris Martin fired over for Derby failing to take an excellent chance. in the end a point each was a fir result, and Derby com away with something after a tough away day start.

The draw means Sunderland’s record of no league wins in August in seven years continues.

Full Report (BBC Sport)


League 1 – Bradford City v Blackpool



Newly promoted Blackpool were given a warning the step up may be tough after a 2-1 defeat at Bradford. Colin Daniel equalised Nathaniel Knight-Percivals opener with a minute to get Blackpool’s account off and running.

Bradford controlled most of the second half. A strike from Omari Patrick just before the hour gave Bradford the points. Armand Gnanduillet had a shot well save in injury as the Tangerines tried to force a point late on, but today it was not to be.

This always looked a tough start, but there are positives to take from the game. Home form will ultimately determine what sort of season this is likely to be for the men from the seaside.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Coventry City v Notts County

magpie lose


It could be another long season for the Magpies as Coventry put them to the sword at the Ricoh Arena. Jodi Jones, who until today had only ever scored one league goal for the Sky Blues, demolished Notts with a hat-trick. A left foot strike gave Coventry the lead in the first half.

After a tight start to the second half Jones struck again 10 minutes from time to effectively seal the contest. With Notts chasing the game, Coventry broke in injury with Maxime Biamou setting Jones up for his third.

Notts only managed one shot on target, better will be required if they want to avoid another relegation battle.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Crewe Alexandra v Mansfield Town

Stag draw


Mansfield had to come from behind twice at Crewe to earn an opening day point. A header in each half from Chris Porter put the Cheshire side ahead. Danny Rose headed home a Mal Benning cross to make it 1-1 just after half-time

After Porter had struck again, Dave Mirfin took advantage of Crewe switching off at the back to bundle home a Joel Byrom free kick. Paul Anderson could have won it for the Stags but his effort late one was well saved

A decent away point for the Stags who are expected to challenge for promotion this season.. 

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Stevenage v Newport County



Late goals were a feature of Newport County last season and it happened again at Stevenage. The Exiles Frank Nouble had cancelled out Tom Pett’s early strike to go in level at 1-1 at the break.

Stevenage took charge in the second half with a penalty from Dale Gorman and a Danny Newton strike putting them 3-1. Mickey Demetriou’s long range effort gave Newport hope and in injury time the hosts failed to clear a corner, allowing Shawn McCoulsky to score a dramatic equaliser from close range.

After coming so close to relegation last season, Newport will be pleased to have a point on the board from the off.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Torquay United v Tranmere Rovers



Tranmere Rovers played out a bad tempered 0-0 draw at Torquay in which Rovers ended up with 9 men. Liam Ridehalgh hit the bar early on as Tranmere dominated the first half without scoring.

In the second half Steve McNulty and James Norwood were both sent off for Rovers in a game which contained plenty of bookings for both sides. Jeff Hughes hit the woodwork again for Rovers in between the sendings off as Tranmere had the best chances despite being down in numbers.

Despite the disciplinary issues Tranmere may see this as two points lost, they still had enough chances to win the game.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

National League North – Southport v Boston United



Southport began life in the National league North in impressive style with a 4-0 win over Boston United. Steven Schumacher opened the scoring with a 25 yard drive and Liam Martin added a second before the break.

Southport continued their domination in the second half. Curtis Jones stooping header made it three with Gary Roberts capping  a fine display by completing the scoring and an easy 4-0 win.

Tougher tests will follow for Southport by the signs they can compete for promotion at this level are clearly there.

Scottish Championship – Queen of the South v Brechin City



Queen Of The South routed Brechin City 4-1 at Palmerstone Park. Two early strikes from the excellent Derek Lyle put Queens 2-0 at the break. John Rankin made it three on the hour with the Doonhammers in total control.

Chris O’Neil got a consolation for the visitors but there was time for Lyndon Dykes to strike home from a tight angle to complete a comfortable victory

After one game Queen Of The South are top of the league on goal difference. Oh for them to be there at the end of the season.

Full Report (BBC Sport)




Classified #MoonSoccer13 Results 


Nottingham Forest (1) 1 (McKay)Millwall (0) 0 At The City Ground, West Bridgford

Sunderland (1) 1 (Grabban)Derby County (1) 1 (Johnson)At the Stadiun of Light, Sudnerland

League 1

Bradford City (1) 2 (Knight-Percival, Patrick)Blackpool (1) 1 (Daniel)At Valley parade, Bradford

League 2

Coventry City (1) 3 (Jones 3)Notts County (0) 0At The Ricoh Arena, Coventry

Crewe Alexandra (1) 2 (Porter 2)Mansfield Town (0) 2 (Rose, Mirfin)At Gresty Road, Crewe

Stevenage (1) 3 (Pett, Gorman, Newton)Newport County (0) 3 (Nouble, Demetriou, McCoulsky)At Broadhall Way, Stevenage

National League

Torquay United (0) 0Tranmere Rovers (0) 0At Plainmoor, Torquay

National League North

Southport (2) 4 (Schumacher, Martin, Jones, Roberts)Boston United (0) 0At Haig Avenue, Southport

Scottish Championship

Queen of the South (2) 4 (Lyle 2, Rankin, Dykes)Brechin City (0) 1 (O’Neil)At Palmerstone Park, Dumfries



Moon of Liberty Elections – Local by elections 03/08/2017


Local by Election Round-Up

It was a big week for Labour in this week’s local by elections. They made three gains with big vote share increases in Worthing, Margate and Swale. The reason for these big wins will also vindicate Jeremy Corbyn’s approach to Brexit as all three victories came as a result of Labour taking the bulk of the collapsing UKIP vote, or in the case of the Worthing gain against the Conservatives, taking the bulk of a large UKIP vote where the party did not stand. The evidence is leave referendum voters have been driving these victories, which follows on from the General Election where Labour took far more leave voters than many expected, a key part of why we ended up with a Hung Parliament. a dilemma for those critical of Corbyn and who want a more pro-EU line from Labour.

The Conservative did not see huge vote share drops and made a technical gain from Labour in Kings Lynne where the Labour councillor elected in second place in a multi member ward last time stood down, and the Tories who had most votes in the ward last time overall, maintained that to take the seat. The is why though there was a small swing to Labour, it was still a Conservative gain.

One trend that continues from the General election is than the two big parties remain dominant. UKIP’s collapse drove this weeks result but the Lib Dems are making no progress at all and the small Green vote collapsed where they stood this week too. The era of two party politics appears to be here to stay for the time being.

Labour’s big week sees them move in front on projected UK vote share for the first time since Corbyn became leader. They lead the Tories by 0.9% after this weeks results. All the current up to date numbers can be found on the Elections and Polling numbers page.




Local by Elections 05/08/2017

Loughborough Spelthorpe (Charnwood) Lab 595 Con 591 LD 92 UKIP 29Lab HoldSwing (May 2015) Con-Lab 2.8%

Marine (Worthing)Lab 1032 Con 846 LD 246 Green 55LAB GAIN FROM CONSwing (May 2016) Con-Lab 17.1%

Margate Central (Thanet)Lab 454 Con 190 UKIP 52 LD 33 Ind 24 Green 23 Ind 13LAB GAIN FROM UKIPSwing (May 2015) UKIP-Lab 24.5%

Milton Regis (Swale)Lab 573 Con 255 UKIP 151 LD 86LAB GAIN FROM UKIPSwing (May 2015) UKIP-Lab 19.8%

Penshurst, Fordscombe & Chiddingstone (Sevenoaks)Con 438 LD 253 Lab 54Con HoldSwing (May 2015) LD-Con 2.6%

St Margarets & St Nicholas (Kings Lynne & W Norfolk) – Con 253 Lab 210 LD 173 Green 63CON GAIN FROM LABSwing (May 2015 top vote) Con-Lab 1.7%




Moon of Liberty Soccer – Women’s Euro 2017 Semi-Final – Netherlands v England


International Soccer

Women’s Euro 2017 Semi-Final – Netherlands v England


England’s dream of Euro championship glory was decimated emphatically by the hosts the Netherlands who ran out easy 3-0 winners. The inexperience at center back of Millie Bright, who up until now had done a superb job, was exploited as she got caught under a cross from the outstanding Jackie Groenen for Vivianne Miedema to head home and give the hosts the lead to the delight of the majority of the 30,000 crowd.

The partnership of Jordan Nobbs and Jill Scott had been important during the tournament, Scott was suspended for this and it showed as the Netherlands dominated the midfield area and Groenen terrorised England down the flank all night. The game was effectively sealed as Scott’s replacement, Fara William’s horror back header allowed Daniëlle van de Donk a clear strike to make it 2-0. As England pushed forward, the Netherlands became dangerous on the break and in the final moments they broke again with Millie Bright putting through her own net to complete England’s miserable night.

The Netherlands did the basics of keeping their shape, executing their game plan and most importantly, passing the ball well. Unusually for England, they did not do these basics well and the game showed up England’s lack of strength in depth which many thought was greater than it clearly is at the highest level. 

The Netherlands will try and claim the trophy in their home tournament against Denmark in the Final on Sunday.

Full Report (BBC Sport)




International Soccer Result

Women’s Euro 2017 Semi Final

Netherlands (1) 3 (Miedema, van de Donk, Bright {OG})England (0) 0At De Grolsche Vesta, Enschede, Netherlands

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR WOMANJackie Groenen (Netherlands)


Moon of Liberty Midweek Sportsround


Moon of Liberty Sports digest at 10.55pm on 2 August 2017

BBC Sport – Moeen Ali hat-trick seals England test win over South Africa to take a 2-1 series lead

BBC Sport – David Rudisha out of the World Athletics Championships

Moon of Liberty/The Elistist – Jodie Taylor strike against France sees England into the Euro 2017 semi-finals.

Daily Caller Sports – Los Angeles to host the 2028 Olympic Games

BBC Sport – Online poll suggests Liverpool fans back safe standing

BBC Sport – Hearts sack their manager before the season even starts

BBC Sport – Ellie Downey to miss Gymnastics World Championships with injury

BBC Sport – Sailing double gold medalist Sarah Ayton to ride in an amateur Horse Race during the Goodwood Festival

Moon of Liberty/The Elitist – Sebastian Vettel extends lead in the Fomula 1 Championship with victory in Hungary

Moon of Liberty/The Elitist – Kyren Wilson beats Ali Cater in the World games Snooker in Poland

BBC Sport – Goalkeeper Karen Bardsley to miss Euro 2017 Semi Final

Moon of Liberty/The Elitist – Phil Taylor claims 16th World Matchplay Darts title

Nottingham Post– Notts Women secure promotion by winning Division 2 of the Women’s 20/20 Cricket

BBC Sport – PSG to pay £198m to land Naymar from Barcelona




Moon of Liberty Midweek Newsround


News Digest of the week so far at 10.15 pm on 2nd August 2017

London Evening Standard – Theresa May’s spokesman says freedom of movement will end in 2019 after cabinet row

Huffington Post Opinion – The case for votes at 16, afterall, you can have sex with your MP at 16 – Cat Smith MP

BBC News – Anthony Scaramucci out after just 10 days as White House Communications Director – Venezuelan currency now worth less than World of Warcraft money

BBC News – British Gas to raise electric prices by 12.5%

Daily Post – 3000 homes to be built in Anglesey after council decision

The Independent – UK Manufacturing unexpectedly strong in July

City AM – Deutsche Bank commits to the City of London easing Brexit fears

Baltimore News – The Queen apparently has four cocktails every day

ABC News Brisbane – 2016 census reveals Australia’s most ‘normal’ town

ABC News Brisbane – Home Ownership beyond most of the young in Queensland

The Independent – President Trump launches ‘Real News’ presented by his daughter In Law

ITV News – Human Embryo editing breakthrough could help find answers to numerous genetic diseases

BBC News – Prince Phillip Carries out final public engagement (BBC News)