Off to the Races

Off to the Races

The third week in September doesn’t offer viewers a wide variety when it comes to the sporting events. A few cricket games and some horse racing is mostly what the week has to offer.

Leg before Wicket

A number of cricketing events take place this week, the first of which is the third test between England and the West Indies. This is the final match in the set and will potentially determine the overall victory of the test series. The previous matchup between these two countries, back in 2015, resulted in an even outcome with a First Test draw followed by each team winning one test apiece. The Third Test will be held at the prestigious Lord’s ground and will begin on 7th September lasting all the way through until the 11th. Considered to be the home of cricket, Lord’s is the perfect place to round of this intense series.

The second cricketing event takes place on the 16th September right after the Third Test ends. Again this is England versus the West Indies but this is a tournament of a different sort and is in fact a Twenty20 tournament. This is a highly anticipated rematch continuing on from the ICC World Twenty20 final and marks the first time these two sides meet in this short cricket format since that epic game. Held in Durham, it is expected to be a hotly contested game. A short form of cricket, Twenty20 is only one innings each and was started in 2003. This is a perfect starter game for those just getting into the sport. Fun and exciting, the games last about three hours and are jam-packed full of entertainment.

Money on the Horses

The final event of the week is the famed St Leger at Doncaster held on the 16th September. This is a Group 1 flat race for horses and is open to three year olds of both sexes. Covering a distance of one mile and 6 furlongs, it is a test of endurance for both horse and rider. Originating back in 1776, not only is this one of Britain’s oldest races, but it is also the last leg of the British Triple Crown that also contains the 2000 Guineas and the Derby, though for the most part in recent years there have been no triple crown contenders participating.

What is on in the week ahead?

Next week offers viewers some more cricket and some rather un-British sports in the form of American Football.

Off to the Races
Author: Lenny
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