After a mini-collapse at the end of their second innings, England, in their first home Test of the “summer”, ripped New Zealand apart, skittling the Kiwis out for just 68 to claim the win. What looked like finishing evenly at Lord’s turned into a bit of an embarrassment, as Stuart Broad put in a man-of-the-match display with figures of 7-44. In a match that was dominated by the bowling throughout, it was Broad and Jimmy Anderson that stood out, and England will be hoping they can carry this sort of form into the second Test.
Another Englishman that was celebrating was Jonny Wilkinson, as his Toulon side secured victory in the Heineken Cup, with a 16-15 win over fellow French club Clermont Auvergne in Dublin. Wilkinson kicked 11 of his side’s points in a team that featured fellow Englishmen Andrew Sheridan and the Armitage brothers, Steffon and Delon. The fly-half then managed to top the weekend off by being named the European Player of the Year for his performances in the tournament throughout.
In tennis, it was a repeat of the Madrid Open this weekend over in Italy, and it was as-you-were, with Rafa Nadal and Serena Williams again taking home the titles in their preparation for the upcoming French Open. Nadal only dropped four games in his straight-sets victory over Roger Federer, winning 6-1 6-3, and Williams won by the same scoreline as she defeated Victoria Azarenka in Rome. Bets on the winners at Roland Garros anyone?
And finally, there were plenty of goodbyes in football over the weekend, with a tearful David Beckham getting a standing ovation as he came of the pitch in his final game of his career while playing for PSG. Equally emotional was Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper, who played his last game in a 20-year career at the club. And farewell to two one-club-men, Jamie Carragher and, of course, Paul Scholes, who both played their last professional games – 737 and 717 appearances respectively. We salute you all.
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