A Duckworth-Lewis related rant

June 16, 2009 at 2:22 pm 2 comments

I was very frustrated by the manner of England’s defeat yesterday. They were knocked out of the World Twenty20 after losing to the West Indies by five wickets. It wasn’t a run of the mill defeat though as the Duckworth-Lewis system played its part.

The heavens opened after England made 161-6 in their 20 overs meaning that the West Indies were set a revised target of just 80 from now overs. To me, this figure seems far too small. With ten wickets in hand, all they needed to do was score at 9 per over for 9 overs.

By anyone’s standards, this is extremely achievable. Fair enough they lost five wickets along the way, but this was because they had licence to take some risks. They knew that they weren’t going to be bowled out within 9 overs, so as long as they kept up with the rate it would be fine.

Personally, I can’t see why the game couldn’t have carried on. The floodlights are there to be used. The game would have only gone on for an extra hour if the West Indies innings lasted 20 overs. Surely that would have been the fairest way to do things? Why did the game have to be cut short?

There is no doubt that the West Indies were given an advantage by the rain interval. In fact, it could be argued that this is what won them the game. Paul Collingwood admitted afterwards that his side would have been favourites had there been no rain delay.

To be fair though, England contributed to their own downfall as well. The batting line-up was far too light and this meant that they finished 20 runs short of what they should have posted. A score of 180 would have won them the game. Why was Dimi left out? Why has the big-hitting Graham Napier not even got a sniff?

You could also argue that Collingwood should have bowled first. England haven’t been great at setting a total in this tournament and with the rain almost inevitable, it might have been an idea to stick the West Indies in.

This is all done now though. England are out partly because of themselves, partly because of the rain, partly because of the Duckworth-Lewis system and partly because the West Indies were on song. Let’s move on and start to focus on the Ashes cricket action and getting in a few good Ashes bets.

By Thomas Rooney


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Max Maxwell  |  July 13, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    I have supported English cricket for over 60 years, but after the “alleged” time wasting debacle, I am afraid this current England set up no longer represents me. They can justify their actions under ” confusion” as much as they like.
    Shameful is my word for the situation, and I think whoever allowed this incident to happen,should be removed from their position and never be allowed to act on behalf of our country again.

    • 2. Max Maxwell  |  July 18, 2009 at 8:11 pm

      This is a wonderful group of talented Englishmen exemplifying fair play at the highest level, and I am proud to support them all the way.


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