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Underdogs Northants Steelbacks clinch victory at the natwest t20 finals day
All eyes were on Edgbaston stadium on Saturday to decide the winner of the T20’s. The semi-finals featured numerous England stars, so we always knew the final would be an exciting one. Northants secured their place after beating an in-form Notts side in the first semi-final; and Durham beat a Yorkshire side that included six of England’s cricketing stars.
Durham batted first in the final and managed to post 153–8 off of their 20 overs, even with England boy, Ben Stokes, only managing a quick fire 18. The stage was set and after some thrilling opening overs, Northants were left 9–3. Josh Cobb and Alex Wakely put on a magnificent stand of 120 to take the game away and win the 2016 NatWest T20 Blast championship.
Team GB smash medal target and finish 2nd at rio 2016
No one believed team GB could do as well in Rio as they did in the London Olympics 2012; yet 129 out of 366 GB athletes are coming home with a medal.
Gold medals were awarded in a total of 15 different sports – more than any other nation – and Team GB smashed records in cycling, where they picked up 20 of the 30 golds on offer. There were also several gold medals from team GB; Max Whitlock earned the first gold in men’s gymnastics and Jack Laugher and Chris Mears won the first diving gold.
new zealand and south africa victorious in THE RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
After the controversy of a bug device found in the All Blacks meeting room, New Zealand beat Australia 42–8 in the Rugby Championships. With the score 32–3 at half time, we hoped the All Blacks could surpass their record highest score of 43–6 against the Wallabies in 1996. However, this time it was not meant to be.
Warren Whitley scored a try in the 78th minute of the game to secure a win for South Africa over Argentina in a thrillingly tight match. Argentina were 10 points up with 13 minutes to go but a try from Johan Goosen and Whitley took them over the edge to seal the win.
CAL CRUTCHLOW BECOMES BRITAIN’S FIRST MOTOGP WINNER IN 35 YEARS
In a rain-affected race in the Czech Republic, Crutchlow opted for a risky strategy of starting on hard tyres instead of the safer soft tyres, which the other players used. His gamble paid off as, slowly but surely, Cal worked his way up through the field despite starting tenth on the grid. Despite the tricky conditions, he took the win to become the first British winner of a MotoGP since Barry Sheene in 1981.