Scottish Cricket

By Chip Kidger
12th June 2018 at 9:03am

Hot and Cold – Scotland hit England for six

Here’s who hot and cold this week in the world of sport…

 

HOT

 

Scottish Cricket
Quite simply the greatest day in Scottish cricketing history as they shocked England with a six run victory, thanks to an inspired 140 not out from Callum Macleod. The Scots took full advantage of an electric atmosphere in Edinburgh to overwhelm the side currently ranked number one in the world.

 

Rafa Nadal
What else is there to be said? No human being on Earth can come close to the 32-year-old Spaniard on his preferred surface. His latest French Open win leaves him only three Grand Slam titles off his great rival Roger Federer.

 

Simona Halep
If Nadal’s victory was a given due to his years of dominance on the surface, the woman’s final was far from a foregone conclusion.

Simona Halep

After several near misses, one of the most popular players on the circuit finally sealed the deal. Simona Halep held her nerve to see off Sloane Stephens 3-6 6-4 6-1 and finally justify her No. 1 ranking.

 

Young managers
It’s been a good week for relative rookies in the managerial world, with Patrick Viera taking on the Nice job in Ligue 1 and Graham Potter making the leap from Swedish football into the character test that is Championship football. Can both keep progressing under more intense scrutiny?

 

Dina Asher-Smith
Another promising run from one of British Athletics’ brightest young hopes, as Asher-Smith sealed an impressive 100m victory in the Stockholm Diamond League. It’s a promising marker laid down for Asher-Smith ahead of this summer’s European Championship.

 

HOT AND COLD BLOG

 

COLD

 

Eddie Jones
More frustration for the beleaguered England coach as his side conspired to lose 42-39 to South Africa despite racing in to a 24-3 lead.

 

Leeds Force
A sad end for the British Basketball League’s perennial struggler as they opted to withdraw from the BBL. Force finished rock bottom, recording only one victory all season and registering a goal difference of -1091.

 

Dominic Thiem
Thiem has emerged as the current flagbearer for the next generation of tennis superstars, but whilst he is making progress, he still looks someway dislodging the current greats of the game. Thiem’s meek surrender to Nadal suggests he still has work to do before being inducted in to the elite.

Thiem Nadal

 

 

Mercedes F1
It wasn’t a vintage race by any means in Canada, but one that could have ramifications for Mercedes at the end of the season. Sebastian Vettel has now re-taken the Championship lead, and with the Ferraris finally firing, this could be one of the most open F1 seasons in years.

 

Cricket World Cup
Scotland’s shock win over England has stirred a big debate as to whether the ICC were wise to cut the next Cricket World Cup down to 10 teams from 14. Will they be missing out on potential drama?

 

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