Moon of Liberty Cricket – 4th Test Match Eng v SA


Test Cricket

4th Test Match – England v South Africa at Old Trafford


Moeen Ali was the hero for England as they wrapped up a 3-1 series victory over South Africa. England batted first and put enough on the board to leave South Africa chasing. Jonny Bairstow fell one short of his century top scoring as England set up their win with a total of 362. In reply nobody made a half century for the visitors as the collapsed to 202. James Anderson took four wickets to help England to a commanding first innings lead.

The Moeen Ali took over, first with the bat scoring 79 not out as England added 243 to set a target of 380 for South Africa to win. Rain took the game into the fifth day and the only real question was could England take the wickets. Haseem Amla put up resistance with 83 but Ali took the key wicket and went on to take 5 second innings wickets to seal the win and the series for England against what has been a depleted South African side.

England will now move on to face the West Indies in their final test series before heading to Australia in the winter for the Ashes.

Full Report (Cricbuzz)




4th Test Match – At Old Trafford, Stretford, Trafford

England v South Africa

England1st Inns – 362 – (Bairstow 99, Stokes 58, Root 52, Rabada 4-91)

South Africa1st Inns – 226 – (Bavuma 46, Anderson 4-38)

England2nd Inns – 243 – (Ali 79*, Morkel 4-41)

South Africa2nd Inns – 202 – (Amla 83, du Pleesis 61, Ali 5-69)

England win by 177 runs

England Win the series 3-1



Moon of Liberty Sportsround – 08 August 2017


Sportsround – Sports News Digest on 08 August 2017 at 7.20pm

tvnz – Canterbury Crusaders win the Super Rugby crown defeating the Lions in the final – Alexander Zvarev beats big serving Kevin Anderson to win the Washington Open

BBC Sport – American Torie Bowie takes the women’s 100m, Favourite Elaine Thpmoson fails to medal.

The Elitist – Rugby League round-up from both sides of the World

Cricbuzz – Moeen Ali the hero as England wrap up 3-1 series win over South Africa at Old Trafford – Dave Chisnall wins round 18 of the Players Darts Championship, his first title of 2017. – Austrlaian Kyle Anderson claims maiden title in round 17 of the Players Darts Championship

The Elitist – India put 600 runs on the board again to thrash Sri Lanka and go 2-0 up

New Vision Uganda – Uganda thrash Zimbabwe in the final round of the African Gold Cup Rugby Union tournament

Sports Star Live – Sam Querry claims Los Cabos ATP title in Mexico

BBC Sport – Netherlands claim the Women’s Euro 2017 soccer title beating Denmark 4-2 

BBC Sport – GB’s Callum Hawkins an excellent fourth Kenya’s Geoffrey Karui wins the men’s marathon.

BBC Sport – Arsenal win the Community Shield beating Chelsea on penalties

Running Magazine – Ethiopia’s Almaz Anaya dominates the Women’s 10000m

Eurosport – Luvo Manyonga wins the Long Jump title for South Africa

BBC Sport – Notts beat the T20 Powerplay record

BBC Sport – Justin Gatlin stuns the world to beat Usain Bolt

The Elitists Echo – Saturday Soccer round up of the #MoonSoccer13. Opening day wins for Forest, Southport & Queen of the South

The Sun – Burnley friendly abandoned after crowd trouble

BBC Sport – Mo Farrah wins the first medal of the 2017 World Championships

Nottingham Post – Notts County manager Kevin Noaln calls his team ‘rabbits in headlights’ after opening day loss to Coventry



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 Soccer – Women’s Euro 2017 QF Eng v Fra


International Soccer

Women’s Euro 2017 Quarter-Final in Deventer – England v France


England are through to the Euro 2017 semi-finals after beating France for the first time in 43 years. After a tight first half England broke the deadlock just before the hour, Lucy Bronze intercepted the ball and powerfully took it forward before slipping through Jodie Taylor to score her fifth goal of the tournament.

As the game went on England defended deeper with Jordan Nobbs and Bronze putting in outstanding defensive showings. The French coach bizarrely took off Camille Abily who was the French best player on the night which took the edge off their forward play. Even the substitution of Goalkeeper Karen Bardsley would not disrupt England’s rearguard action late on and the Lionesses held for a deserved and historic win.

The hosts the Netherlands await England in the Semi-Finals

Full Report (BBC Sport)




Women’s Euro 2017 Quarter-Final

England (0) 1 (Taylor)France (0) 0At De Adelaarshorst, Deventer, Netherlands

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR WOMAN – Lucy Bronze (England)


Moon of Liberty Cricket – Eng v SA 3rd Test


Test Cricket

3rd Test at The Oval – England v South Africa 


Debutant Toby Roland-Jones took 5 wickets in the first innings to leave South Africa well behind England first up score of 353 and set the tone for England to bounce back after their poor showing at Trent Bridge. Ben Stokes hit 112 and Roland-Jones took 5-57 as the visitors could only make 175.

63 from Jonny Bairstow and a captain’s 50 from Joe Root took the game away from South Africa in the second innings. However rain meant it went to day five and England went into the final day still needing 6 wickets. It was finished off with a hat-trick from Moeen Ali to seal a comfortable 239 run win. Roland-Jones also took 3 more wickets in the second innings to claim a haul of eight for the match.

Full Report (BBC Sport)





3rd Test MatchAt The Kennington Oval, Kennington, Lambeth, London

England v South Africa

England1st Inns – 353 – (Stokes 112, Cook 88, Morkel 3-70)

South Africa1st Inns – 175 – (Bavuma 52, Roland-Jones 5-57)

England2nd Inns – 313/8 Dec – (Bairstow 63, Westley 59, Root 50, Maharaj 3-50)

South Africa2nd Inns – 252 – (Elgar 136, Ali 4-45)

England win by 239 runs

England Lead the series 2-1

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANToby Roland-Jones (England)


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)