Well I've almost calmed down again from yesterday's England v Ireland madness (my ability to speak has returned), and after enjoying the highlights some non-KOB-related match notes are overdue.
So here's a look at the battles inside the battle:
Middlesex v Middlesex:
Strauss' 34, so I thought, had beaten Paul Stirling's 32 in the battle of the Middlesex batters. But!!! Strauss dropped a catch, while Stirling took a ripper... and a wicket! So I have to revise my decision and declare Paul Stirling the winner! However, had Eoin Morgan been playing, things would have got a tad complicated.
Middlesex v Surrey:
Paul Stirling v Gary Wilson. Needless to say that Middlesex wins by a mile!
Ravi Bopara v England:
Ravi wins. Obviously.
George Dockrell v reality:
Reality wins! England's next überspinner is Danny Briggs from the county of brain. Yes!
Some interesting media related to the match:
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BBC: Test Match Special post-match podcast, with interviews of William Porterfield, Andrew Strauss and Kevin O'Brien (will only be available for a few days)
The Short Midwicket podcast. Or should I say The Shocked Midwicket? Half-Irish Will is still frozen in amazement. Here you can find the other SMW podcasts. You can also check out Will's cricket blog, and his twitter blabbings.
Switch Hit - the Cricinfo Pomcast on Eng-Ire and more
Alec Stewart and Mark Church of Surrey discuss the Eng v Ire match in episode 3 of Churchy's World Cup Chat. Insightful!
Kevin O'Brien press conference
Andrew Strauss press conference
KOB's parents are delighted ^^
What else happened in the last hours?
The poor Netherlanders got horribly hammered by South Africa. Well not that I had the Saffas expected to lose, but nevertheless it hurts.
Canada, who managed to restrict Pakistan to 184 and had a serious chance of winning during most of their innings, lost eventually when Shahid Afridi came back for his second spell to show his fellow slow bowlers how you take wickets, and to underline his unplayability in the Subcontinent. So, pitifully no other major upsets on the Associate front. BTW. I've received the a tip from a secret source oracleing that we may expect a Pak-Ind final. Well well! *Sways head in thoughtfulness*