Moon Of Liberty Elections – Local by elections 02 Feb 2016


2nd Feb Local by elections round up

After last weeks loss in Copeland at Parliamentary level Labour suffered arguably an even more embarrassing loss in this weeks local by elections. Labour are using the high Jewish population in Kersal as the reason for their loss of a seat in traditional Labour heartland of Salford, however to lose a seat in such an area in opposition is a outstanding victory for the Conservatives on any level.

Elsewhere the Tories held their other two seats, one in Christchurch where they saw off a strong independent challenge, and in Hutton on Redcar & Cleveland council where the numbers looked ripe for another Lib Dem surge, but it did not materialise with both the Tory and Lib Dem vote up by a similar amount. There was a second by election in Redcar & Cleveland where the Lib Dems easily held Newcomon with a strong swing against Labour.

In short it was an excellent night for the Tories, a decent night for the Lib Dems and a very poor night for Labour, whose vote share was down everywhere on top of the loss of the Salford seat, and also the UKIP whose poor run of performances continue to where their local by election projected national share is down to just 7%

The results see the Conservatives increase their local by election projected share lead over Labour to 5.8% All the current polling and election numbers can be found here. All this weeks results are below.




Local by Elections – 2nd Feb 2017

Mudeford & Friars Cliff (Christchurch)Con 629 Ind 466 Lab 91 UKIP 85 Green 72Con HoldSwing n/a as no Ind last time

Kersal (Salford)Con 850 Lab 553 Ind 354 UKIP 182 Green 48 LD 39 CON GAIN FROM LABSwing (May 2016) Lab-Con 12.7%

Hutton (Redcar & Cleveland)  – Con 860 LD 326 Lab 183 UKIP 129Con HoldSwing (May 2015) Con-LD 0.4%

Newcomen (Redcar & Cleveland)LD 426 Lab 259 UKIP 153 Ind 52 Ind 36 Con 29 LD HoldSwing (May 2015) Lab-LD 5.8%



Moon Of Liberty Cricket – 2nd Test NZ v Ban


Test Cricket

2nd Test in Christchurch – New Zealand v Bangladesh


Eight wickets for Southee as Bangladesh collapse

New Zealand have wrapped up a 2-0 series win with a comfortable 9 Wicket win in Christchurch. Bangladesh batted first posting 289 with Soumya Sarker top scoring on 89, Tim Southee took five wickets and Trent Boult four to ensure a 300 plus score was not on the cards. In reply New Zealand move in front as Henry Nichols fell just short of his century falling on 98 in a total of 354. Bangladesh second innings was a sense of deja vu as they collapsed as they did in the first test being bowled out for just 173 as Southee took three more wickets for a total of eight in the game.Needing just 111 to win, Tom Latham with 41 not out steered New Zealand home for the loss of just one wicket showing yet again how tough to beat the Black Caps are on home soil.

Full report (Cricbuzz)




Cricket Scores

2nd Test MatchAt The Hagley Oval, Christchurch, New Zealand

New Zealand v Bangladesh

Bangladesh1st Inns – 289 – (Sarker 89, Al Hasan 59, Southee 5-94, Boult 4-87)

New Zealand1st Inns – 354 – (Nicholls 98, Taylor 77, Latham 68, Al Hasan 4-50)

Bangladesh2nd Inns – 173 – (Mahmudullah 38, Wagner 3-44, Southee 3-48)

New Zealand2nd Inns – 111/1 – (Latham 41*)

New Zealand win by 9 wickets

New Zealand Win the series 2-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANTim Southee (New Zealand)


Moon Of Liberty Cricket – NZ v Bang – One day series



ODI Game 1 – New Zealand v Bangladesh

Latham century puts the game away

Tom Latham’s 131 including 4 sixes was the key as New Zealand comfortably scored a 77 run win over Bangladesh in Christchurch, Colin Muro also contributed with 87. In reply both Shakib Al Hasan and Mosaddek Hossain Saikat got half centuries but neither could stay in long enough to threaten as James Neesham took 3 wickets to help New Zealand home with ease.

Full Report (Cricbuzz)

ODI Game 2 – New Zealand v Bangladesh

Williamson spell delivers the win in low scoring game in Nelson

On a tough pitch to score on Neil Broom’s 109 and a fine spell of 3-22 by Kane Williamson was the key difference to help New Zealand claim their series win against Bangladesh with a game to go. New Zealand could only put 250 on the board but tight bowling ensurined Bangladesh never came near claiming victory and Williamson’s three wickets at key moments stopped the tourists from building any momentum. New Zeland claim the win by 66 runs.

Full Report (Cricbuzz)

ODI Game 3 – New Zealand v Bangladesh

Broom and Williamson ease New Zealand o the whitewash

Although Bangladesh survived their 50 overs they could only put 236 on the board and it was never enough. Heroes of the 2nd game Neil Broom (97) and Kane Williamson (95) Not Out) ensured New Zealand coasted home. Williamson was unbeaten to be there at the end to seal a 3-0 series whitewash. The two meet in two test later on after a T20 series.

Full Report (Cricbuzz)





ODI Game 1 – At The Hagley Oval, Christchruch

New Zealand v Bangladesh

New Zealand341/7 – 50 Overs – (Latham 137, Munro 87, Al Hasan 3-69)

Bangladesh – 264/10 – 44.5 Overs – (Al Hasan 59, Hossain Saikat 50*, Neesham 3-36)

New Zealand win by 77 Runs

New Zealand Lead the Series 1-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANTom Latham (New Zealand)

ODI Game 2 – At The Saxton Oval, Nelson

New Zealand v Bangladesh

New Zealand251/10 – 50 Overs – (Broom 109*, Mortaza 3-49)

Bangladesh184/10 – 42.4 Overs – (Kayes 59, Williamson 3-22)

New Zealand win by 67 Runs

New Zealand Lead the Series 2-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANKane Williamson (New Zealand)

ODI Game 3 – At The Saxton Oval, Nelson

New Zealand v Bangladesh

Bangladesh236/9 – 50 Overs – (Iqbal 59)

New Zealand239/2 – 41.2 Overs – (Broom 97, Williamson 95*)

New Zealand win by 8 Wickets

New Zealand Win the Series 3-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN Neil Broom (New Zealand)


Moon Cricket – NZ V SL



Guptill’s quick fire 90 fires New Zealand to easy win

Matt Henry’s 4 wickets and a masterclass of batting from Martin Guptill saw New Zealand take a 2-0 series lead over Sri Lanka in Christchurch. Sri Lanka were restricted to a miserable 117 All Out with nobody getting into the 20’s as Henry lead the bowling charge. In reply Guptill struck 9 fours and 8 sixes in a quick fire 90 in just 30 balls to finish the game in double quick time. It could be a long series for the visiting Sri Lankan’s with three more games to be played.



2nd International ODI at Hedley Park, Christchurch

New Zealand V Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka – 117 ALL OUT (Kulasekara 19, Henry 4-33 McClenaghan 3-32)

New Zealand – 118-0 (Guptill 90*)

New Zealand win by 10 wickets – New Zealand lead the series 2-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Martin Guptill (New Zealand)