By Sam Bulcock
Weekend Sporting Round-up
The Big Story
Brathwaite Blasts England’s Dream
The West Indies became the first team to win two World Twenty20 titles after beating England in a thrilling final on Sunday. England looked to be home and dry heading into the last over until Carlos Brathwaite hammered four successive sixes to seal victory for his side with two balls left.
In a seesaw encounter, England were indebted to Joe Root’s heroics with both bat and ball as he twice dragged them back into contention when they appeared dead and buried.
His typically stylish 54 helped England recover from 23-3 to post a below par 155-9. On pitch good for batting and in the face of a powerful batting line-up defeat still looked likely until Root again decided to intervene.
Surprisingly chosen to bowl the second over of the West Indies innings, he picked up a wicket with his first ball before dismissing talisman Chris Gayle with his third. England continued to take wickets at regular intervals but their failure to remove eventual man of the match Marlon Samuels proved crucial.
His composed 85 not out set the platform for Brathwaite to dismantle Ben Stokes’ final over and seal a historic win for Darren Sammy’s men. Their win came hours after their female counterparts had beaten holders Australia in the women’s competition.
Foxes Show Their Mettle
Leicester moved one step closer to an historic Premier League title after beating Southampton 1-0 on Sunday. Captain Wes Morgan’s first half header was enough to ensure the three points and saw the Foxes move seven points clear at the top after Tottenham could only manage a 1-1 draw at Liverpool on Saturday.
Claudio Ranieri’s men have now won 5 of their last 6 games 1-0 and need four more wins to be crowned champions of England.
At the bottom end of the table Norwich were the big winners this weekend after beating fellow strugglers Newcastle 3-2 thanks to a last minute strike from Martin Olsson.
Off the pitch, Chelsea have named Italy coach Antonio Conte as their new manager. He will take over after the European Championships in France this summer.
Rosberg Remains Perfect
Nico Rosberg maintained his 100% start to the new F1 season after he capitalised on mistakes by his rivals to win in Bahrain. The German had started behind teammate Lewis Hamilton on the grid but was leading by the second corner as Hamilton dropped to seventh following a crash.
He eventually finished third, with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen taking second. Rosberg now has an early 17-point lead over Hamilton in the overall standings. The next race takes place in China a week on Sunday.
The biggest crowd of the weekend gathered on Sunday night as Wrestlemania 32 took place in Dallas, Texas. The WWE’s premier event was reportedly witnessed by over 100,000 people in the stadium while millions more watched on television. In the main event, Roman Reigns defeated Triple H to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.