Anyone for Cricket?4th Aug 2017 |
This week is bookended by some Men’s Cricket with the third and fourth tests for England versus South Africa. In golf, the Women’s British Open takes place over four days and the World Championships in athletics starts in London.
The first day of this week sees the last day of the Third Test between South Africa and England. This test is in The Oval. The previous year’s tests have seen England come out on top, albeit by very close margins in some matches. Later this week is the Fourth Test between these two countries. From 4th to 8th August the last Test will be held in Old Trafford in Manchester.
The first game was played back in 1877. Test cricket is the longest game in cricket and is notable for its much higher standard of play. National teams only play the games. Each team consists of just eleven players and will play four innings in a match. These games will usually last for the five days, though on some rare occasions these games have lasted a lot longer. The reason for these lengthy games is to ‘test’ the endurance and capability of the players.
Putting on the Green
A major championship in women’s golf runs from the 3rd to 6th August, and this year it is being held in Kingsbarn Scotland. Recognised by the LPGA Tour, the Ladies European Tour is a must on any top women golfer’s list. Established but the Ladies’ Golf Union in 1976 it is more or less the women’s answer to The Open Championship – a men’s tournament. Initially there was difficulty in getting prestigious clubs to accept the tournament but gradually, as it has increased in popularity, it has become easier to find venues to support it.
Hop, Step and Jump
Taking place every two years, the IAAF World Championships will be starting at the end of the week in London and running for ten days. The first event was officially held in 1983, though back in 1913 IAAF used the Olympic Games as the championships for athletics. Gradually growing in size it now contains almost the same number of events for women as it does for men. With around 2000 athletes from over 200 countries participating, this is now a major athletic event.
What’s coming up Next Week?
The World Championships continue on for the entirety of next week. The 12th August sees the start date of the football Premier League and the Women’s Rugby Union Word Cup kicks off on the 9th of August running for eighteen days. Lastly the Special Olympics GB National Games are held from 8th to 11th August up in Sheffield.