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That Was The Weekend That Was

That Was The Weekend That Was
Monday,November 19,2018

It was a fine weekend to be an England sports fan, with the football, cricket and rugby teams making it a treble of wins for the Three Lions. The footballers came from behind to beat Croatia and qualify for the Nations League A play-offs, while the cricketers sealed the Test series with a 57 run victory against Sri Lanka, and the rugby side saw off Japan 35-15. Here’s a look at who won what in our array of pools this past weekend:


England v Croatia Match Pool: England completed a memorable comeback to beat Croatia at Wembley, to top Group 4 and qualify for the Nations League play offs in June. Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford missed chances to give England the lead in the first half, before Andrej Kramaric put the visitors ahead in the second half against the run of play, punishing some sloppy defending. But Gareth Southgate’s men kept pushing for the two goals needed, which was looking increasingly unlikely until Jesse Lingard scored with 12 minutes left. Substitute Lingard then made a goal saving block on the line, before Kane slid in to win the game with just five minutes left, as the Three Lions secured a victory to live long in the memory.


Kierrrr won our £2 Match Pool to take home £50 of the guaranteed prize pot. They correctly predicted an England win, three or more goals to be scored and Banking either side to come from behind to win.


Football Coupons: We ran Coupons for each day of the Nations League, and a combined game for League One and Two this weekend. It was a four way tie in our Saturday Nations League £2 pool with cordy, ringsender, withnail160 and southee9 each winning £23.75. Three players scored double points with six from Banking Sweden to win away to Turkey, while cordy also scored six points, Banking a draw between Italy and Portugal.


In our League One and Two Coupon, marsden21 scooped £52 for making seven correct predictions, including Banking a Grimsby win against Crawley, to scored six points. In our Sunday Coupon, Tristan Chaplin correctly predicted seven results in the eight matches, including the win for England, but it was Estonia’s surprise victory against Greece that made all the difference, scoring 14 points as Banker.


The Premier League is back this weekend, with our normal array of big money pools, including another Beat the Streak for £1million to play.


Sri Lanka v England 2nd Test Pools: England continued their recent good form to wrap up the Test series, completing a 57 run win to go 2-0 up with one match to play. Jos Buttler (63) and Sam Curran (64) were the driving force behind the visitors recovering from 139-5 and 176-7 to post a respectable 290 in the first innings. But a Roshen Silva 85 helped propel Sri Lanka from 211-7 to 336 and what appeared to be a crucial 46 run lead.


But England came out all guns blazing in their second innings, with Joe Root smashing a brilliant 124 off just 146 balls, while Surrey pair Rory Burns and Ben Foakes made invaluable half centuries to lead their side to 346. Set 301 for victory, early wickets left Sri Lanka in trouble but Angelo Mathews made a sublime 88 to put them within 80 runs of an unlikely win with five wickets in hand. But a Jack Leach five wicket haul sparked a collapse that saw the hosts make just 243, falling considerably short in the end.


Withnail160 won more than £100 for wrapping up both the £2 and £10 Fantasy game, with Karunaratne, top scorer Root, Perera as Captain, Foakes and Rashid making up their team. The Yog was victorious in the Predictor, Banking an England win, picking Root to be the highest scoring batsmen, Foakes to make the most dismissals and Sri Lanka to make between 301-350 in their first innings. The third Test starts Friday, but can England complete a rare whitewash? Predict the action here.


England v Japan Predictor: Eddie Jones’ men made hard work of Japan, but came from behind to secure a 35-15 victory. The visitors went into the break with a shock 15-10 lead, but tries from new boys Mark Wilson and Joe Cokanasiga, along with two penalties from George Ford, saw England complete the turnaround after an earlier scare for Jones’ new look outfit. MattHeasman was the victor in the £2 game, while Withnail160 won just under £30 in the £10 pool and paullovatt £46 in the £25. Heasman was the top scoring player across the pools, Banking a Japan handicap win at 31.5 and picking Cokanasiga to score a try at anytime.

Best of the rest: Alomas6 won more than half the guaranteed £500 prize pot in our TV Races Fantasy game on Saturday, picking two winners across the six races at Cheltenham and Lingfield. Petespunt won £50 in our DP World Tour Championship Fantasy Fourballs, with their team comprising of Tyrrell Hatton, Alexander Noren, tournament winner Danny Willett and Mikko Korhonen.


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