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Monty Panesar’s Flying Circus, and the other greatest sporting endings

by | 27th, March 2013

MONTY Panesar’s Flying Circus, and the other greatest sporting endings

Cricket - Third Test - New Zealand v England - Day Five - Eden Park
As Monty Panesar dived comically to slide his bat over the popping crease and set up England’s great escape against New Zealand in Auckland, he and his teammates provided a finale worthy of the ten greatest sporting climaxes of all time. And competition for places is nothing if not fierce…

Cricket first, and in 2009 Monty was of course involved at the business end of the first test match to be played at Cardiff, when England clung on to save the game, and set up their second successive home Ashes series victory. Better still, though, was…

2005: England v Australia, Edgbaston

Cricket - The Ashes - npower Second Test - England v Australia - Edgbaston

Australia needed three runs to clinch the second test of the series, when Harmison delivered a short ball to Kasprowicz which Jones caught spectacularly on the leg side. It was a bitter blow for Australia, and made worse when replays showed that it came off the batsman’s glove when it was not in contact with the bat. The match is best remembered for Freddie Flintoff’s sporting gesture in commiserating with Australia’s other batsman Brett Lee. The “iconic” event was later commemorated in this tasteful statuette, with Steve Davis acting as the model for both figures.


1985: Snooker World Championship Final

Speaking of Steve Davis, the ginger-nutted maestro was on the receiving end of one of the game’s most famous upsets when zany-binned Irishman Dennis Taylor came back from 62-44 to leave everything resting on the black…

2010: John Isnir v Nicolas Mahut
When John Isner hit his final backhand to take the fifth set of this Wimbledon first round tie 70-68, he concluded the longest match in tennis history. It lasted more than 11 hours, spread over three days. The umpire and both players then received a special present from Tim Henman in in of the oddest prize-givings in sporting history.

1989 Tour de France

At the final stage, Greg LeMond was 50 seconds behind Laurent Fignon. LeMond is a prominent and long-standing opponent of doping, but he had technological advantages, including a special aerodynamic

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