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 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 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 – 4th Test Eng v Pak



4th Test Match – England v Pakistan

England failed to win their home series with Pakistan as the visitors fought back at the Oval in the final match to earn a 2-2 draw. England began well enough putting 328 on the board with 108 for Moeen Ali. However a brilliant knock of 218 from Younis Khan set Pakistan up to post a huge 542, Asad Shafiq backed up Kahn with 109.England struggled in the second innings with Asad Shah taking 5 wickets and Jonny Bairstow’s 81 the only score of note leaving Pakistan a target of just 42. Azhar Ali (30) and Sami Aslam (12) got them home with the loss of single wicket to coast to a 10 Wicket victory to end the series on a high going into the one day games.

Report (BBC Sport)





4th Test MatchAt The Oval, Kennington, Lambeth, London

England v Pakistan

England – 1st Inns – 328/10 – (Ali 108, Bairstow 55, S Khan 5-68)

Pakistan1st Inns – 542/10 – (Y Khan 218, Shafiq 109, Woakes 3-82)

England – 2nd Inns – 253/10 – (Bairstow 81, Shah 5-71)

Pakistan – 2nd Inns – 42/0 – (Ali 30* Aslam 12*)

Pakistan win by 10 Wickets

Series Drawn 2-2

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANYounis Khan (Pakistan)

Moon of Liberty Cricket – 3rd Test Eng v Pak



3rd Test Match – England v Pakistan

England turned around the third test at Edgbaston to take a 2-1 lead over Pakistan. Sohail Khan took five wickets to restrict England to 297 and 139 from Azhar Ali helped Pakistan put 400 on the board to take a commanding lead. Moeen Ali lead the fightback with 86 in a second innings in which five players hit half centuries as England scored 445 before declaring to put themselves right back in the match. The match was effectively sealed when Pakistan lost four wickets for just one run, including Steven Finn taking the key wicket of Sami Aslam whose 70 had threatened to put Pakistan in with a shout. This collapase was the end as England went on to clear up the tail for a 141 run win. England now cannot lose the series 2-1 up with one to play.

Full Report (BBC Sport)





3rd Test MatchAt Edgbaston, Brmingham

England v Pakistan

England – 1st Inns – 297/10 – (Ballance 70, Ali 63, Khan 5-96)

Pakistan – 1st Inns – 400/10 – (Ali 139, Aslam 82, Ul-Haq 56, Woakes 3-79)

England – 2nd Inns – 445/6 Dec – (Ali 86, Bairstow 83, Cook 66, Root 62, Hales 54)

Pakistan – 2nd Inns – 201/10 – (Aslam 70)

England win by 141 Runs

England Lead the Series 2-1

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Moeen Ali (England)

Moon Cricket – ODI series – SA v ENG, NZ v AUS



ODI Series – South Africa v England Game 2

Hales and Butler see England to victory


Economical bowling and fine knocks from Alex Hales and Jos Butler helped England take a 2-0 lead in their one day series at Port Elizabeth. South Africa batted first with AB De Villers top scoring with 73, England’s bowling kept the runs down however with Reece Topley taking 4 wickets plus Adil Rasheed and Moeen Ali bowling a full 10 overs going for less than five runs an over restricting South Africa to 262-7 off the 50 overs

The Africans never had enough runs on the board and a well paced 99 from opener Alex Hales led England to a strong position. When he finally fell just short of his century it was left to Jos Bulter with 42 not out and Moeen Ali supporting with 21 Not Out to see England home with 22 balls to spare. Kyle Abbott took 3 wickets for South Africa but they simply did not have enough runs on the board and after losing the test series, look to be facing defeat in the ODI series as well being two down with three to play.

ODI Series – New Zealand v Australia Game 2

Warner and Marsh chase down 283 to set up decider


Australia hit back in their one day series with New Zealand winning the second game in Wellington to set up a decider. New Zealand batting first saw a lot of batsman get in but nobody kicked on to a big score. Kane Williamson top scored with 60 and Michell Santner has a good game with bat and ball scoring 45 Not Out to see New Zealand finish on 281-9. Josh Hazelwood took three wickets and was the best of a strong performing bowling unit.

In reply despite Santner taking 3 wickets to try and keep some pressure on, an opening partnership of 122 between David Warner and Usman Khawaja put Austrlaia in a strong position the never relinquished. Khawaja hit 50 and Warner went on to fall short of a century with 98. A fine 69 Not Out from Mitchell Marsh rammed home the advantage and ensured Australia got home with 21 balls left. The two best One Day sides in the world now head to a 3rd and deciding game in Hamilton on Monday (Australian time)




ODI Game 2 – At ST George’s Park, Port Elizabeth

South Africa v England

South Africa – 262/7 50 Overs – (De Villiers 73, Du Plessis 46, Topley 4-50)

England – 263/5 46.2 Overs – (Hales 99, Butler 48*, Abbott 3-58)

England win by 5 WicketsEngland lead the series 2-0

Star Man

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Alex Hales (England)

ODI Game 2 – At The Westpac Stadium, Wellington

New Zealand v Australia

New Zealand – 281/9 50 Overs – (Williamson 60, Santner 45* Hazelwood 3-61)

Australia – 283/6 46.3 Overs – (Warner 98, Marsh 69*, Khawaja 50, Santner 3-47) 

Australia win by 4 Wickets – Series Tied 1-1

Star Man

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – David Warner (Australia)