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Weekend Winners - Did You Win Big In Our Pools?

Weekend Winners - Did You Win Big In Our Pools?
Monday,July 10,2017

With Wimbledon, the conclusion of the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand, and the first Test of the cricketing summer, there was no let up of top quality sport to enjoy this weekend. Plenty of you enjoyed the great action by playing our array of Fantasy and Predictor games with plenty of money given away once more. Here’s who won what this past weekend:


It was a thrilling and dramatic end to the Lions tour, as a late Owen Farrell penalty rescued a draw to end the series level at 1-1. New Zealand were ahead 12-6 at the break but penalties from Farrell and Elliot Daly brought them level, before the All Blacks scored a penalty of their own but it wasn’t enough. After the Lions had made it 15-15, the home side thought they had one final penalty to secure the win, but it was controversially overturned by the referee. The drawn series meant the Lions avoided defeat in New Zealand for the first time since a 2-1 win back in 1971.


There was more than £150 in guarantees given away in our Fantasy and Match Pools for the third Test. In the £2 Match Pool, Mr Incredible scooped the top prize of £55 after correctly answering four of the seven questions. This included banking a Lions victory who were handicapped at 11.5, so would have scored you points if you selected them, despite the draw. Mr Incredible also correctly predicted a New Zealand try to be the first scoring play of the match, minutes 21-40 to have the most points scored in any period and 6 or 7 penalties to be scored.


Mr Incredible’s winnings didn’t end there, as they added a further £60 to their morning’s work in both the £2 and £10 Pick 5. Incredible’s team of Maro Itoje, Jordie Barrett, Sean O’Brien, Beauden Barrett and Owen Farrell secured them the win.

Wimbledon continued to hot up on Friday, as Andy Murray saw off number 28 seed, Fabio Fognini in an entertaining third round clash. The world number one raced into a set lead, before being pegged back 4-6 in the second. Murray then comfortably took the third set 6-1, before an outstanding comeback in the fourth, winning 7-5 despite being 2-5 down and saving set points in three consecutive games. Lufcgazza won £18 in our £2 Match Pool, for correctly predicting a Murray win, 8 games to be played in the first set and 0 tie-breaks to be played in total.


A special mention must be made to Luvhandyls, who correctly predicted all ten matches in Saturday’s Wimbledon Coupon, to scoop just under £40. This included wins for Novak Djokovic, Milos Raonic and Dominic Thiem. Well done!


England begun both the Test summer and Joe Root’s captaincy in some style, thrashing South Africa by 211 runs at Lord’s, to go 1-0 up in the four match series. Root shone in his new role, making 190 in the first innings to rescue his side from 76-4, to post 458, with help from an 87 from Moeen Ali. All-rounder Ali then followed up his fine knock, with a ten wicket haul. First he took 4-59 in the first innings, as South Africa were bowled out for 361, with lower order 50s by Quinton de Kock and Vernon Philander preventing an even bigger England lead, which still ended up a handy 97. After a solid half century from Alastair Cook, England collapsed from 139-1 to 233 all out to give the visitors a sniff, chasing 331. But that was never going to be easy with the pitch deteriorating fast, which brought the spinners into play and Ali destroyed the South Africans with a career-best 6-53, to help knock them over for just 119 and secure a handsome victory inside four days.


Suttertoncanary won £50 of the guaranteed £100 in our 1st Test Fantasy Pick 5, with Ali’s all-round display bagging 628 points as banker. Joe Root chipped in with 195 points, while Cook, Stuart Broad and de Kock made up the rest of their team.


The Natwest T20 Blast returned on Friday, with a couple of thrilling games, both of which we ran Pick 5 pools for, as we will be doing for each televised match. Starting with Friday’s drama, Surrey edged out Essex by two runs, thanks to a terrific final over from Tom Curran. Australian opener Aaron Finch smashed 56 to lead Surrey to 188, before Ravi Bopara’s 75 kept Essex in touching distance. His knock looked like being enough with 10 needed off the final over, but Tom Curran delivered a memorable final six balls, dismissing Bopara and Ashar Zaidi to sneak Surrey to a narrow win. Mr Incredible picked up £30 of the guaranteed prize pot in our Pick 5, for their team of James Foster, Jason Roy, Bopara as banker, Mohammad Amir and star man, Tom Curran.


Saturday’s clash between the Birmingham Bears - better known as Warwickshire - and Notts was equally as close, with the Bears stealing a win off the last ball. Samit Patel made 55 as Notts posted 158, but the Birmingham run chase was overshadowed when bowler Luke Fletcher had to leave the field after being struck by the ball off his own bowling, but thankfully was left without serious injury. Birmingham were always well in control, and looked to be cruising to victory with just five needed from the final over and six wickets to play with. But skipper Dan Christian bowled a superb last over, to leave the hosts needing one run off the final ball. It looked as if we were heading for a tie as Michael Lumb appeared to have run-out Rikki Clarke, but on closer inspection dislodged the bails with his hands to leave his captain distraught. Dodger won £33.50 for their team of Ian Bell, Alex Hales, Samit Patel, Jeetan Patel as banker and Ish Sodhi.


There’s plenty more to play for this week, with T20, Test match, F1, Wimbledon, football and golf games to play so don’t miss out!


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