Moon Of Liberty Tennis – ATP Tour Update


Tennis – ATP Tour

Dubai Tennis Championship Final – Murray v Verdasco


Murray returns to form in Dubai

After a slow start in which he dropped his first two service games Andy Murray recovered to defeat Fernando Verdasco. He broke bac on both occasions and then a third time to eventually take the first set 6-3. He then took total control breaking twice more and finding his service rhythm to easily take the second set 6-2. It is Murrays’s first tournament win of 2017 and the 45th ATP title of his career, expect more to come.

Report (BBC Sport)

Mexican Open Final – Querry v Nadal


Querry shocks Nadal in Acapulco

America’s Sam Querry scored a surprise victory defeating Rafael Nadal. Querry got off to a quick start and took the first set in just 29 minutes. Nadal repsonded in the second and had five break point chances in the eighth game. However Querry held him off to level at 4-4 with the set eventually going all the way to a tie break. Nadal made key baseline errors allowing Querry to take it 7-3 and claim his first title of 2017 having served 19 aces in a very impressive display.

 Report (Sky Sports)




Tennis Results

ATP Tour

Dubai Tennis Championship FinalAt The Aviation Tennis Center, Dubai, UAE

Andy Murray (GB) Beat Fernando Verdasco (Spain)2-0 (6-3 6-2)

Mexican Open Final – At The Princess Mundo Imperial, Apapulco, Mexico

Sam Querry (USA) Beat Rafael Nadal (Spain) 2-0 (6-3 7-6)



Moon Of Liberty Cricket – ODI weekly round up


One Day International Cricket Round-Up

South Africa in New Zealand

ODI Game 4 in Hamilton


Guptill sees New Zealand home to level the series

A huge innings from Martin Guptill ensured the series between New Zelaand and South Africa would go to a final match decider. AB de Villiers top scored with 72 as South Africa put 279 on the board. It was not going to be enough as Guptill’s fast start put New Zealand well ahead of schedule. Ross Taylor supported with 66 but Guptill was there at the end on 180 Not Out, hitting 11 sixes in the process as the hosts got home with 5 overs to spare to make it 2-2 going into the final match in Auckland

Report (Cricbuzz)

ODI Game 5 in Auckland


South Africa take the series win in decider

South Africa have won a second series in a row on New Zealand soil after winning the decider in a low scoring contest at Eden Park. The South Africans made the right call in fielding first as New Zealand found it difficult to find any rhythm. Only Colin de Grandhomme with 32 got into the 30’s as New Zealand were bowled out for 149. South Africa eased to their target as Faf du Plessis with 51 not out and David Miller 45 Not out both saw it through. It is New Zealand’s first home series defeat since 2014 against the same opponents. The win means South Africa are confirmed as number 1 in the world in the one day game..

Report (Cricbuzz)

England in the West Indies

ODI Game 1 in Antigua


Morgan’s century leads England to victory

England have a 1-0 lead in their series in the West Indies after a comfortable win in Antigua. England batted first with Captain Eoin Morgan leading the way scoring 107. He was supported by Ben Stokes (55) and Sam Billings (52) as England posted 296. It was always going to be enough. When Jason Mohammad was run out for 72 the hosts only real chance had gone as Chris Woakes 4 wickets kept the pressure on with England eventually bowling them out for 251 and a 45 run win.

Report (Cricbuzz)

Ireland in the UAE

ODI Game 1 in Dubai


Porterfield ton gives Ireland the edge

The extra experience of Ireland told as they took a 1-0 lead in their series with the UAE. Ireland captain and opener William Porterfield top scored with 100 and Kevin O’Brien hit 67 enabling Ireland to post a good total of 270 which was always going to be a tall order for the UAE to chase down despite the excellent efforts of Zahoor Khan who took 6 wickets for the hosts. So it proved as they got behind the run rate from the start. Graham Dockrell took three wickets as Ireland eased their way to an 85 run win with no UAE player making a half century. Ireland now cannot lose as this is only a two match series.

Report (Crickbuzz)

ODI Game 2 in Dubai


Ireland seal series win

Ireland sealed a 2-0 series victory over the UAE in Dubai. the UAE batted first scoring 202 with Sahiman Anwar top scoring with 45. Craig Young and Andy McBrine took 3 wickets each restricting the UAE and putting Ireland in pole position to win. The duly did so, William Porterfield followed up his century in the first game with 76. When he departed it was left to Andy Balbirnie to steer Ireland home, his solid and sensibly played 56 Not Out ensured a comfortable 8 wicket win and the expected series result.

Report (Cricbuzz)




One Day International Cricket Results

South Africa in New Zealand

ODI Game 4 – At Seddon Park, Hamilton, New Zealand

New Zealand v South Africa

South Africa279/8 – (50 Overs) – (de Villiers 72* du Plessis 67)

New Zealand280/3 – (45 Overs) – (Guptill 180* Taylor 66 )

New Zealand win by 7 wickets

Series Tied 2-2

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANMartin Guptill (New Zealand)

ODI Game 5At Eden Park, Auckland

New Zealand v South Africa

New Zealand 149 – (41.1 Overs) – (de Grandhomme 32 Rabada 3-25)

South Africa150/4 – (32.2 Overs) – (du Plessis 51* Miller 45*)

South Africa win by 6 wickets

South Africa win the series 3-2

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANFaf du Plessis (South Africa)

England In The West Indies

ODI Game 1 – At The Sir Viv Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua

West Indies v England

England 296/6 – (50 Overs) – (Morgan 177 Stokes 55 Billings 52)

West Indies 251 – (47.2 Overs) – (Mohammad 72 Carter 52, Woakes 4-47)

England win by 45 runs

England Lead the series 1-0


Ireland in the UAE

ODI Game 1At The ICC Academy, Dubai, UAE 

UAE v Ireland

Ireland270 – (49.3 Overs) – (Porterfield 100 K O’Brien 69 Khan 6-34)

UAE185 – (41.4 Overs) – (Raza 45 Dockrell 3-27)

Ireland win by 85 runs

Ireland Lead the series 1-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANWilliam Porterfield (Ireland)

ODI Game 2At The ICC Academy, Dubai, UAE 

UAE v Ireland

UAE202 – (47.5 Overs) – (Anwar 48  McBrine 3-42 Young 3-48)

Ireland203/2 – (41.5 Overs) – (Porterfield 75 Balbirnie 58*)

Ireland win by 8 wickets

Ireland Win the series 2-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANAndrew Balbirnie (Ireland)


Moon Of Liberty Tennis – WTA Tour Update


Tennis – WTA Tour

Dubai Tennis Championship Final – Svitolina v Wozniacki


Brilliant Svitolina claims sixth WTA Title

Ukrainian Elina Svitolina took her second title of 2017 with an imperious display against Dane Caroline Wozniacki. Svitolina time and again turned defense into attack as the former world number 1 Wozniacki had no answer. Svitolina broke three times in a comfortable 6-4 6-2 win. Wozniacki’s form has shown a big improvement as this is her second final in two weeks, but she has been on the losing end both times. After winning in Taiwan Svitolina has added another title and moves into the top 10 for the first time. One to watch come the French Open and Wimbledon.

Report (Khaleej Times)

Hungarian Ladies Open – Babos v Safarova


Babos wins on home soil

Timea Babos gave the home Hungarian crowd plenty to cheer winning an excellent quality final against Czech Lucie Safarova. After a tight first set it was Safarova who struck first taking the tie break. Babos got the break at 4-4 in the second set converting the only set point either player had. Babos then served four aces to level the score. She then took control breaking again to take the decider 6-3 and take her second WTA title. 

Report (WTA Tennis)




Tennis Results

WTA Tour

Dubai Tennis Championship FinalAt The Aviation Club Tennis Centre, Dubai, UAE

Elina Svitolia (Ukraine) Beat Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) 2-0 (6-4 6-2)

Hungarian Ladies Open FinalAt The Europe Tennis Center, Budapest, Hungary

Timea Babos (Hungary) Beat Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic)2-1 (6-7 6-4 6-3)


Moon Of Liberty Cricket – Desert T20 Final – Afghanistan v Ireland


Desert T20 Tournament

Desert T20 Final – Afghanistan v Ireland


Afghans make short work of Ireland to claim Desert title

Afghanistan are the inaugural Desert T20 Champions for second tier nations after blowing away Ireland in Dubai. Mohammad Nabi’s incredible figures of 4-10 set the scene as Ireland totally collapsed with nobody getting into the twenties as they were bowled out for just 71. The Afghans only took 7.5 Overs tor each the target with Mohammad Shahzad scoring 52 Not out including nine fours and a six. Despite the disappointingly one sided final the tournament has been seen as a success and looks certain to be repeated.

Full Report (Cricbuzz)




Cricket Scores

T20 Desert Tournament FinalAt The International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Afghanistan v Ireland

Ireland 71 – (13.2 Overs) – (Nabi 4-10)

Afghanistan75/0 – (7.5 Overs) – (Shahzad 52*)

Afghanistan win by 10 wickets

Afghanistan Win the T20 Dersert Tournament

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANMohammad Nabi (Afghanistan)


Moon Of Liberty News & Politics – News Digest


News Digest – 12th Jan 2017 @ 4.10 pm

New Statesman comment – Green Party Co-Leader Caroline Lucas on why Jeremy Corbyn should make the case for Freedom of Movement

Reuters – Oil price rises as Saudi’s tell Asian customers of output cuts

CNN – Confirmation hearing for Donald Trump’s Secretary of State pick Rex Tillerson begins

Independent – Theresa May says Norther Ireland devolution collapse will not delay invoking Article 50

CNN – Allies of Paul Ryan are spending $1bn to pitch replacement for Obamacare

Spectator Comment – Obama fell on his own myth – Daniel McCarthy

NBC News – Kellyanne Conway defends Donald Trump’s use of Twitter in appearence on the Seth Myers show

The Moon Of Liberty – Yesterday’s PMQ’s verdict – Kevin Alcock

LBC – Donald Trump accuses intelligence claims about him to be all fake news

Daily Mail – Donald Trump calls intelligence dossier against him a ‘disgrace’

Sky News – Donald Trump vows to be the greatest job creator

The London Economic – Study finds Trump and Farage are more trusted as they don’t speak like normal politicians

BBC News – Bank Of England Governor Mark Carney says Brexit risks to the UK now much lower

Trading – FTSE on course for new record highs.

Haaretz – Top Israeli diplomat to visit Turkey in symbol of thawing relations

CNN – Donald Trump says he was offered $2bn of business in Dubai over the weekend, he turned it down.

Reuters – China aircraft carrier sails through Taiwan Straight in symbolic show of aggression

Dayton (Ohio) News – Publication asks what was President Obama’s biggest achievement?

Daily Mail & The Sun – Heartless teachers at Broad Oak Community School in ST Helens tell five year old alopcia sufferer to take off her wig, ST Helens Council hide behind ‘Health and Safety’ to justify it

Wall Street Journal – Ex British intelligence office Christopher Steele named as the man behind the Donald Trump dossier

Fox News – James Mattis says he will bolster the US military if confirmed as new US Defence Secretary

London Evening Standard – US ethics committee not impressed by Donald Trump’s plans for his businesses while President