De Villiers in a class of his own after freakish effort

THE cricket season is just starting and you will go a long way to see a better innings than the freakish performance put in by South African superstar AB de Villiers.

His recent effort of scoring 119 off 61 balls led the Proteas to a 3-2 series win. It also reinforced his status as the top one day batsman in the world.

AB's innings also saw him become the only player in the world (who has scored more then 500 runs) to average over 50 (54.21) and have a strike rate over 100 (100.28).

To put this amazing feat into perspective, of the 17 players that have higher strike rates only two players average in the 40s.



World glory on line

IT has come down to 80 minutes of battle with our arch enemies the All Blacks for World Cup glory.

Both the Aussies and the Kiwis played attacking semi-final rugby against two countries that played negatively and subsequently suffered defeat.

The fans want to see teams attack rather then play for penalties. If both countries can throw the ball around, we are in for a classic final.

The Wallabies will rely on flanker David Pocock, who most good judges rate player of the World Cup, as well as champion back Israel Folau, who has been down on form. Look also for semi-final hat-trick hero Adam Ashley-Cooper.

The Kiwis will be striving to send three of their greatest players of the modern era out with victory in legend Richie McCaw, point scoring ace Dan Carter and inside centre Ma'a Nonu.


TRL gets active

THE rugby league season has ended and it's time for players to rest up before pre-season training starts.

For local people who wish to keep running around or want to keep active, the TRL is for you.

TRL stands for Touch Rugby League, which is touch footy with several league based rules added to make a more dynamic and exciting game.

The sport is played on half a normal sized league field with sides consisting of six players (men's teams) and seven players (mixed competition).

Key rules introduced include the ball is played with the foot; kicking is allowed on any touch; dummy half can be touched and can touch; if a player catches the ball on the full in the ingoal from a kick then it's a try; two points are awarded for a female try.

If you are interested in this exciting sport, new competitions start on Mondays at Swifts (from November 9) and Wednesdays at West End (from November 18).


Quick thoughts

BOMBER'S bouquet 1: The appointment of Lleyton Hewitt as Davis Cup captain. If the players have half the guts and tenacity of this man then we are in good shape.

Bomber's bouquet 2: Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko on winning her first major and becoming the youngest world number one. This player could become the best of all time.

Bomber's bouquet 3: Holden ace James Courtney, who drove through pain to win the Gold Coast 600. This bloke had broken ribs and a collapsed lung only two months ago.

Bomber's blooper: In last week's column I had Rod Griffin as the new Panthers coach. I know Rod had an awesome year but I am sure he doesn't want to take up coaching yet. The coach is Anthony Griffin.

Bomber's best: My tip Liverpool had a draw so no collect.

This week I will give out my Melbourne Cup tip.

I feel the favourite Fame Game is over the line but look for great runs from Who Shot Thebarman, Almoonqith and Dandino. If The United States gets a run, it will go well.

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