Hot and Cold – Scotland hit England for six
Here’s who hot and cold this week in the world of sport…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?