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That Was The Weekend That Was

That Was The Weekend That Was
Monday,July 23,2018

Despite the World Cup finishing last week, there was no let up of high quality sporting action, with a thrilling conclusion to The Open Championship, a dramatic German Grand Prix and some big hitting T20 Blast action. Here’s a round-up of the weekend’s sporting action with who won what in our pools:


The Open Championship: The Open Championship golf lived up to expectations with a thrilling four days of action at Carnoustie. Francesco Molinari won his first major championship to become the first Italian to do so. His two-under final round of 69 saw off competition from the likes of Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy who were two of four players to finish joint second. Tiger Woods was right in contention for his first major win in 10 years, after a fine 65 on Saturday but could only manage a par round of 71 on Sunday, although proved there’s still life left in the old dog yet.


Overnight leaders Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele carded poor rounds to finish off the pace, with Schauffele still finishing joint second despite shooting three over par, while Spieth’s 76 meant the 2017 champion ended in a disappointing joint ninth.


Open Pools: Scottrovers88 was victorious in our big guaranteed £2 Fourballs, scooping £250 for his team of McIlroy, Molinari, Zach Johnson and Schauffele, which included three of the top five finishers.


Swillyboy picked up £63 for finishing top of our Open Predictor. Their correct predictions included Banking Molinari to win the tournament, the winner shooting a total score of 275 to 278 and round three being the round which will see the lowest individual 18 hole score.


In our Last Longest, which you had to pick a player to shoot an under par score each round, blackie, mfcrip1986, gdj1976 and paulllovatt won £50 each for finishing joint top. Paullovatt picked Molinari in the final round, while the other three players went for Justin Rose.


German Grand Prix Fantasy Pick 6: In what was a dramatic end to the German GP, Lewis Hamilton came from behind to steal victory after Sebastian Vettel crashed out after leading for the most part. The downpour with 25 laps to go affected the German, to change the complexion of the race and allow Hamilton, who started in 14th, the chance to extend his overall lead to 17 points. Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas finished second, with Kimi Raikkonen coming third.

Jaguar80 won £35 for their winning Pick 6 team of Hamilton, Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon, Pierre Gasly and Marcus Ericsson. Jaguar80 pipped chesterman69 by just a point, with Raikkonen out scoring chesterman’s pick of Max Verstappen in the second category by that single point, making all the difference.


T20 Blast Pick 5s: There was a pair of cracking T20 Blast matches this weekend, starting with Lancashire’s one run win against Roses rivals Yorkshire, in what will go down as a classic. Rain reduced the encounter to 14 overs a-side, with England internationals Joe Root, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, David Willey and Jos Buttler all making a rare appearance for their respected county. Lancashire skipper Liam Livingstone smashed 79 off 37, with Aaron Lilley and Jordan Clark chipping in with useful cameo’s, to lead the hosts to 176/2 off just 14 overs. Despite Adam Lyth’s 26 ball 60, Yorkshire required 15 an over with three left, but Joe Root hammered 51 off 22 balls to take them close, while Toby Lester held his nerve bowling the final over as Lancashire edged home.


Mike and Upthechels won £22 each for finishing joint top of our Pick 5, for choosing the same five players of Alex Davies, Livingstone as Banker, Tim Bresnan, Matt Parkinson and Sam Patterson.


If that wasn’t thrilling enough, Essex and Hampshire played out a tie on Saturday. Hampshire made 170 in the first innings with Sam Northeast hitting an unbeaten 73. Dan Lawrence kept Essex in the chase with 49 and Ravi Bopara made 39 as the asking rate rose. Despite hitting a boundary off the penultimate ball of the match, with two needed off the final delivery, Essex could only manage a single before Bopara was run out.


Jaguar80 continued their winning weekend, with a further £30 in our Pick 5. Northeast scored 228 points as Banker, while Colin Munro, Bopara, Adam Zampa and Chris Wood made up the rest of the team.


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Monday, July 23, 2018 16:59 PM
Just out of interest why do you only ever name the winners of the £2 comps and not the £10 and £25?

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