A Week Of Sport #33 – 22 August

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Underdogs Northants Steelbacks clinch victory at the natwest t20 finals day

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 20: Northamptonshire celebrate after winning the Natwest T20 Blast final between Northamptonshire and Durham at Edgbaston cricket ground on August 20, 2016 in Birmingham, England. 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

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 10: (L-R) Gold medalists Jack Laugher and Chris Mears of Great Britain pose during the medal ceremony for the Men's Diving Synchronised 3m Springboard Final on Day 5 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre on August 10, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 17: Team GB cyclists Laura Trott and Jason Kenny pose with their gold medals at Adidas House on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Britain's players pose with their gold medals during the women's field hockey medals ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympics Games at the Olympic Hockey Centre in Rio de Janeiro on August 19, 2016. / AFP / MANAN VATSYAYANA, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 20: Mohamed Farah of Great Britain reacts after winning gold in the Men's 5000 meter Final on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 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

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 20: The All Blacks perform the Haka before the Bledisloe Cup Rugby Championship match between the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at ANZ Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. 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

British rider Cal Crutchlow of LCR Honda competes during the MotoGP competition of the Czech Grand Prix on August 21, 2016 in Brno, Czech Republic. / AFP / JOE KLAMAR 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.

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