Moon Cricket – 5th ODI – Australia v England

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England Tour of Australia

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5TH ODI

AT THE PERTH STADIUM, PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA

England 259 (47.4) (Root 62 Tye 5-46)

Australia 247 (48.2) (Stoinis 87 Curran 5-35)

ENGLAND WIN BY 12 RUNS

ENGLAND WIN THE SERIES 4-1

England finished the one day series in Australia with a closely fought win in Perth in the first game played at the new Perth Stadium. Joe Root top scored for England with 62 with Andrew Tye taking 5 wickets for the Australians to restrict England to 259, bowling them all out and denying them and extra 14 balls as a result.

The game then kept swinging. Australia got off to a great start and looked like they were heading for the win When Tom Curran’s bowling had top scorer Marcus Stoinis caught by Adil Rahid for 87 the home side were 187-4. Four quick wickets however swung the game back the other way putting England in control at 203-8

Tim Paine who saw Australia home in the last game nearly did it again. His 34 put the Aussies back in it but Curran bowled him to take the final wicket with Australia 12 runs short to ensure England end the series on a high. Curran took 5 Wickets in the end which proved the difference in this game, Australia’s batting was not good enough over the series as a whole and this win will be a big boost to England looking ahead to next years One Day World Cup.

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Tom Curran (England)

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Moon Sport Round Up

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Darts

PDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

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Rob Cross (England) 7

Phil Taylor (England) 2

At The Alexandra Palace, Harringay, London

There was no fairytale ending for Phil Taylor as he was crushed in his final ever match by Rob Cross, a 27 year old who had only been playing professionally for a year. Cross had beaten Michael Van Gerwin in an epic Semi Final but showed no signs of fatigue taking the first three sets before Taylor got on the board which included checkouts of 167 and 153.

Taylor had a chance to get back to 3-2 but missed a double 12 in the key leg and Cross punished it. Cross then blitzed through another two sets to go one away at 6-1.Taylor won the eighth set 3-0 but there was to be no comeback. Cross claimed the title with a 140 checkout which fittingly personified his entire performance.

Cross averaged over 107 and in some ways had done to Taylor what the Power has done to countless opponents over the years. Can Cross become the new long term face of darts? Who knows, but with young Jamie Lewis also reaching his first World Championship Semi Final along with the emergence of Cross, the long term future of Darts looks in good hands as the old master bows out.

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Cricket

1ST ODI – Pakistan Tour of New Zealand

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1ST ODI – AT THE BASIN RESERVE, WELLINGTON

New Zealand 315-7 (50) (Williamson 115, Munro 58, Nicholls 50)

Pakistan 166-6 (30.1) (Zaman 82*)

NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 61 RUNS (D/L) AND LEAD THE SERIES 1-0

Kane Williamson was the star as his 115 led New Zealand to victory in a rain hit match in Wellington. Colin Munro and Henry Nichols also added half centuries as New Zealand put 315 on the board. Pakistan never got close to their adjusted target after a rain delay. Despite the efforts of Fakhar Zaman with 82 Not Out, the hosts were always in control. Tim Southee took three wickets for New Zealand as they ran out easy winners in the end.

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Kane Williamson (New Zealand)

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Tennis

Hopman Cup Final

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Switzerland 2

Germany 1

At The Perth Arena, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Roger Federer led the way as Switzerland claimed their third Hopman Cup trophy in Perth. Facing Germany in the Final. Federer came from a set down to beat Alexader Zvarev to give Switzerland the lead. Germany leveled through Angelique Kerber beating Belinda Bencic.

This set up a doubles decider with the rules changed as it is four games not six to a set. The Swiss pair took it in straight sets with Federer paying tribute to Martina Hingis, who he said had a huge influence on his own belief that someone from a nation like Switzerland can have a great career in the game.

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Moon Of Liberty Cricket – One Day Internationals

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2nd ODI in Cuttack – India v England

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Singh’s 150 ensures India had enough to spare

India have ensured a one days series win over England after big hitting in Cuttack. The key for India was an excellent 150 from Yuvraj Singh and a classic 134 with six sixes from Indian captain MS Dhoni. This enabled them to put a huge 381 on the board in their 50 overs despite the best efforts of Chris Woakes who took four wickets but he had little support with the ball. England gave the chase a good go, opener Jason Roy scored 82 and  Moeen Ali kept England in it with a 55 just as England looked like they were struggling. Needing 27 off 10 balls England Captain Eoin Morgan on 102 was their best chance, he was run out at that point which effectively sealed India’s win. England batted out the overs but India had 15 runs too many in the end sealing the series win with one game still to go.

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3rd ODI in Perth – Australia v Pakistan

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Captain Smith powers Australia home

Australian Captain Steve Smith supported by Peter Handscomb made light work of a target set by Pakistan to ensure Australia re-take the lead in their one day series. Pakistan batted first, Babar Azam top scored with 84 but they never truly got going as Josh Hazlewood took three wickets at key times to disrupt the rhythm. Their total of 263 never looked enough and so it proved. Handscomb hit 82 and Smith was there at the end with 102 not out as the two put on a partnership of 183. The Aussies were always ahead of the run chase and it was fitting that Smith got his century at the end to seal victory. The sides meet in two more contests so it is not over yet, but Pakistan will need to bat better to keep it alive.

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Cricket scores

ODI Game 2 At Barabati Stadium, Cuttack, India

India v England

India381/6 – (50 Overs) – (Singh 150, Dhoni 134, Woakes 4-60)

England366/8 – (50 Overs) – (Morgan 102, Roy 88, Ali 55, Ashwin 3-65)

India win by 15 runs

India Lead the series 2-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANYuvraj Singh (India)

ODI Game 3At The WACCA, Perth, Western Australia

Australia v Pakistan

Pakistan 263/7 – (50 Overs) – (Azam 84, Khan 50, Hazlewood 3-32)

Australia265.3 – (45 Overs) – (Smith 108* Handscomb 82)

Australia win by 7 wickets

Australia Lead the series 2-1

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANSteve Smith (Australia)

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Moon Of Liberty Tennis – Hopman Cup

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Hopman Cup Final – France v USA

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French pair win doubles decider to claim second Hopman Cup

France required a doubles decider to win the Hopman Cup against the USA in Perth, Australia. Richard Gasquet beat Jack Sock in a final set tie break to give France the lead but Coco Vendeweghe beat Kristina Mladenovic to level at 1-1. The Hopman Cup rules has the doubles played in sets of best of seven and the French pair won in straight sets to repeat their triumph of 2014.

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TENNIS

Hopman Cup Final – At The Perth Arena, Perth, Western Australia

Richard Gasquet (France) Beat Jack Sock (USA) – 2-1 – (6-3, 5-7. 7-6)

Coco Vendeweghe (USA) Beat Kristina Mladenovic (France) – 2-0 – (6-3, 7-5)

Richard Gasquet & Kristina Mladenovic (France) Beat Jack Sock & Coco Vendeweghe (USA)2-0 – (4-1, 4-3)

FINAL SCORE France 2USA 1

FRANCE Win the 2017 Hopman Cup

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Moon Of Liberty Darts – Perth Darts Masters

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Perth Darts Masters

Michael Van Gerwin broke his duck on Australian soil after a comfortable 11-5 win over Dave Chisnall in the Perth Darts Masters. Van Gerwin had beaten Peter Wright comfortably in the semi-final while Chisnall averaged 104 in beating Ray Van Berneveld. Van Gerwin started fast taking five legs in a row to take a 5-1 lead. Chisnall broke to get back to 5-3 but from that point Mighty Mike moved away. Van Gerwin took the next three including hitting an 11 dart leg to make it 8-3. From that point there was no coming back, Chisnall could only take one more leg before Ven Gerwin hit the 11 legs required to win. Chisnall is still waiting for his first televised ranking title. For Van Gerwin, it breaks the Aussie hoodoo after his defeat against Phil Taylor last week in Sydney and moves him ahead of Gary Anderson in terms of number one seeding for the next group of events.

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DARTS

Perth Darts MastersAt The Perth Convention & Exhibition Center, Perth, Western Australia

Semi-Finals

Michael Van Gerwin (Holland) 11 – Peter Wright (Scotland) 5

Ray Van Barneveld (Holland) 8Dave Chisnall (England) 5

FINAL

Michael Van Gerwin (Holland) 11Dave Chisnall (England) 4

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Moon Cricket – SA v Eng – Aus v Ind

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Test Match

South Africa v England – Game 3

Broad tares South African batting apart to seal series win for England

ENGLAND WIN BY 7 WICKETS – LEAD SERIES 2-0

After an even first innings Stuart Broad came to the fore in South Africa’s second innings to destroy the batting order and set up England’s victory in Johannesburg. South Africa batted first and put a reasonable total of 313 on the board but nobody got a half century with Dean Elgar with 46 top scoring. In reply England took a small lead posting 323 thanks to 110 from Joe Root who put together another excellent innings, he was supported with by Ben Stokes with 58. Ragiso Rabada took 5 wickets for the hosts.

Going into the third innings, former England star commentating for Test Match Special Geoffrey Boycott stated sometime after an even first innings, the team batting third, especially when short of confidence like South Africa are, don’t bat very well. His word proved prophetic as South Africa were skittled out for just 83 with Broad taking 6 for 17 in an incredible spell of bowling. Chasing just 74 to win Captain Alistair Cook’s 43 eased England home to secure the series with one game to spare.

ODI

Australia v India – ODI Game 1

3rd wicket stand helps Australia home

AUSTRALIA WIN BY 5 WICKETS – AUSTRALIA LEAD THE SERIES 1-0

A 3rd wicket stand of 242 runs between Steven Smith and George Bailey was the key to Australia chasing down India’s total of 309 in Perth. India had put a mighty score on the board on a pitch that had runs written all over it. Rohit Sharma with 171 not out and Virat Kohli supporting with 91 helped India to the score for the loss of just 3 wickets. Australia were in trouble at 21 for 2 when Bailey and Smith came together but the two took command with Bailey hitting 112 and Smith was there until almost the end with his 149, setting up Mitchell Marsh and James Faulkner to see Australia home with four balls to spare.

Australia v India – ODI Game 2

Openers lead the way for the Aussies to take 2-0 lead

AUSTRALIA WIN BY 7 WICKETS – LEAD THE SERIES 2-0

It was a case of Deja Vu for India who saw Australia chase down another 300 score as the Green and Golds took a grip of the One Day series in Brisbane. Rohit Sharma hit yet another century scoring 124 and Ajinkya Rahane supported with 89. Virat Kholi also got a half century for the second game in a row as India posted 308. The Australians wasted no time however with openers Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh putting together a first wicket stand of 145 with both men hitting 71. In form George Bailey then steered Australia home with 76 not out as they got home with six balls left. India must be wondering what they need to score to put the Australians away.

Australia v India – ODI Game 3

Maxwell steers Australia to series win

AUSTRALIA WIN BY 3 WICKETS – LEAD SERIES 3-0

Australia sealed the series against India taking a 3-0 lead after a fine knock from Glenn Maxwell and solid bowling from John Hastings and Kane Richardson capped a fine performance in Melbourne. Batting first India were kept under 300, Virat KKohli got a century with 117 with contributions from Shikhar Dhawan with 68 and Ajinkya Rahane with 50. However some tight bowling from Richardson and 4 wickets from Hasting kept the pressure on and India’s score of 295 did not look like it would be enough.

In reply opener Shaun Marsh hit 62 to get Australia off to a good start in the run chase, but it was Maxwell with his 96 including three sixes that was the pivotal innings. He fell just short of his century but James Faulkner’s nice 21 not out steered Australia home to secure the series win with seven balls remaining. With two games to go they will now be looking towards trying to achieve a whitewash.

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Test Match – Game 3 – At The New Wanderers, Johannesburg

South Africa v England

South Africa 1st Inns – 313/10 – (Elgar 46, Amia 40, Stokes 3-53)

England 1st inns – 323/10 – (Root 110, Stokes 58, Rabda 5-78)

South Africa 2nd Inns – 83/10 – (Rabada 16, Broad 6-17)

England 2nd Inns – 74/3 – (Cook 43, Elgar 2-10)

England win by 7 Wickets – England lead the series 2-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Stuart Broad (England)

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ODI – Game 1 – At The WACA, Perth, Western Australia

Australia v India

India 309/3 – (Sharma 171* Kholi 91)

Australia 310/5 – (Smith 149, Bailey 112)

Australia win by 5 Wickets – Australia lead the series 1-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Steven Smith (Australia)

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ODI – Game 2At The Gabba, Brisbane

Australia v India

India 308/8 – (Sharma 124, Rahane 89, Kholi 59)

Australia 309/3 – (Bailey 76*, Finch 71, Marsh 71)

Australia win by 5 Wickets – Australia lead the series 2-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Aaron Finch (Australia)

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ODI – Game 3At The MCG, Melbourne

Australia v India

India 295/6 – (Kohli 177, Dhawan 68, Rahane 50, Hastings 4-58)

Australia 296/7 – (Maxwell 96 Marsh 62)

Australia win by 3 Wickets – Australia lead the series 3-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Glenn Maxwell (Australia)

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Sportsround – Golf, Boxing, Dressage, Darts & Tennis

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Golf

Australian Jason Day claimed his first major title becoming the firs player to ever win with a score of 20 under par. A fine shot at the sixteenth hole to birdie finally finished off the challenge of American Jordon Speith who was looking to claim his third major of the season.The second place finish meant Speith did have the consolation of moving to the top of the world rankings ahead of Rory McIlroy but the week belonged to the Australian who played seemingly nerveless golf throughout the final round. Brandon Grace of South Africa and Britain’s Justin Rose were third and fourth respectively.

Boxing

Mexican Carlos Cuadris easily defended his WBC Super Flyweight title against Dixon Flore in Sinaloa on Saturday. After a couple of level opening rounds, the champion began to open up and landing heavy shots to which Flore had no answers. After a dominant fourth round where Flores struggled to not go down, Cuadris eventually caught Flore flush in the fifth finishing the fight to complete a routine defense of the title with the outcome most were expecting.

Dressage

Olympic Champion Charlotte Dujardin won double gold at the European Dressage Championship in Germany. On Saturday she retained the Grand Prix Special title and Sunday made it a double in the freestyle by defeating home hopeful Kristina Broring-Sprehe by a higher mark of 0.2%. Dujardin and horse Valegro,are in form and well on course heading to the Olympics in Rio next year.

Darts

Phil Taylor returned to winning ways with victory at the Perth Masters in Australia. After defeating World Champion Gary Anderson in the Semi-Final he was to play James Wade on the Final. Wade won their last encounter in Blackpool but it was not to be the same result this time. A 130 finish capped off a blistering start from the Power who ran into a 5-1 lead with 11 legs the target. The next session was shared for Taylor to move 8-4 ahead with a 123 finish in the 12th leg.Taylor continued to hold his throw to see out an 11-7 victory to win the title for the 2nd year in a row. The PDC head to Sydney next week in the continuing Australian PDC tour.

Tennis

Andy Murray defeated Novak Djokovic for the first time in 2 years to win the ATP Montreal masters. In a brutal contest worthy of a major final the match went too and fro with a number of games going to several deuces. Murray took the first set 6-4 but Djokovic came straight back winning the first three games of the second eventually levelling the match taking the second set 6-4. Murray got the break at 2-1 in the final set, however was under serious pressure at 4-2 when Djokovic had seven break points during the game. Murray showed great character to see the game out and take the final set 6-3 to kick start his hard court season in the perfect way.

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Golf

USPGA Gold Championsip at Whistling Straits, Kohler, Wisconsin

FINAL

Jason Day (Australia) -20

Jordon Speith (USA) -17

Brandon Grace (South Africa) -15

Justin Rose (England) -14

Brooks Koepka (USA) -13

Anirban Lahiri (India) -13

Jason Day wins the USPGA Golf Major for 2015

Boxing

WBC Super Flyweight Title at The Alberta Vega Chavez Baseball Park, Guamuchil, Sinaloa, Mexico

Carlos Cuadris (Mexico) Beat Dixon Flore (Nicaragua) by KO in round 5

Still WBC Super Flyweigh Champion … Carlos Cuadris

Darts

Perth Masters Final at the HBF Stadium, Perth, Australia

First to 11

Phil Taylor (England) 11 James Wade (England) 7

Phil Taylor Wins the PDC Perth Masters

Tennis

Rogers Cup Final At The Uniprix Stadium, Montreal, Canada

Andy Murray (Scotland) Beat Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 2-1 (6-4 4-6 6-3)

Andy Murray wins the Rogers Cup 2015