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The week in numbers: w/e 29/8/10

Rubens Barrichello: 300 races and still going strong

300Rubens Barrichello competed in his 300th Formula 1 race at the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, having entered his first in 1993. In that time, the 38-year old has won 11 times and set 14 pole positions. Yesterday, starting from seventh on the grid, he retired after an accident at the end of the first lap as Britain’s Lewis Hamilton won and took over the lead in the drivers’ championship.

3 – With 13 of 19 races completed, Lewis Hamilton (182 points) leads Mark Webber (179) in the drivers’ championship by just three points.

20 – French side Auxerre were drawn in the same Champions League group as Real Madrid, AC Milan and Ajax, who have won the European Cup/Champions League 20 times between them (respectively nine, seven and four).

2 Aston Villa were knocked out in the final playoff round of the Europa League by Rapid Vienna, 4-3 on aggregate after losing their home leg 3-2. They were eliminated at the same stage by the same side last season too.

3Bournemouth were 3-0 up within 28 minutes at home to Notts County in their League 1 encounter on Saturday, and still 3-1 up in the 91st minute. The game finished 3-3.

54 – Years since Britain’s women’s basketball team last reached the European Championship finals, which will be held in Poland next year. After losing their opening qualifying game, they won their last five, clinching qualification with a 77-59 win over Germany on Thursday night.

1:41.01David Rudisha broke the 800 metres world record for the second time in eight days, clocking 1:41.01 in Rieti.

England vs Pakistan

Mohammad Amir: 50 Test wickets

50 – At 18 years and 136 days, Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir became the youngest bowler to reach 50 Test wickets during the first innings of the fourth and final Test at Lord’s on Friday. He finished with a return of 6-84. Sadly, he now finds himself a key player in the betting scandal which overshadowed the match, which England won yesterday to clinch a tarnished series 3-1.

0Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood and Eoin Morgan were all dismissed for ducks, the first time ever that England‘s numbers four, five and six have been dismissed without scoring in an innings (and only the fifth time in Test history).

332Jonathan Trott and Stuart Broad put on a world-record 332 runs for England’s eighth wicket. Trott finished with 184, Broad 169.

1,000 – Trott and Broad both passed 1,000 career runs during their innings. Trott reached the milestone in his 23rd Test innings, the same as Mike Atherton and Kevin Pietersen. (The record is 12, by Herbert Sutcliffe.)

Stuart Broad scored 169 to rescue England after a first innings collapse

1 – It was Broad’s maiden Test hundred, making him and his father Chris the first father and son to complete Test centuries for England. His score of 169 was also higher than any of his father’s six Test hundreds (his best was 162).

3 – Pakistan were bowled out for 74 in their first innings, their second-lowest ever total against England. Their three all-time lowest scores have come during this series (80 in the first Test, 72 in the second Test).

17 – Number of wickets that fell on Saturday: England’s last three first innings wickets, the whole of Pakistan’s first innings, and then the first four of their second as England enforced the follow-on.

404 – Trott was the highest run-scorer in the series, scoring 404 runs at an average of 67.33. His total was over 150 more than the next best batsman, Broad (250).

1 – Trott was the only one of England’s six specialist batsmen to average over 30 in the series (although both Broad and wicketkeeper Matt Prior also did). Lack of form and an alarming tendency for batting collapses remains a major concern ahead of the Ashes.

184Umar Akmal was Pakistan’s best batsman, with just 184 runs in the entire series – the exact number of runs scored by Trott in his single innings at Lord’s.

23James Anderson was England’s leading wicket-taker, with 23 – one more than Graeme Swann.

The Premier League week in numbers

11 – Although they won 2-1 at Blackburn, Arsenal have now conceded a goal in their last 11 away games in all competitions.

540Chelsea have now gone 540 minutes since they last conceded a Premier League goal.

18Wigan‘s win at Tottenham broke a run of 18 Premier League games without a win in London (four draws, 14 defeats) since winning at West Ham in December 2006.

Wayne Rooney scored his first goal since March

1,114 Wayne Rooney‘s first-half penalty in Manchester United’s 3-0 win over West Ham ended a goal drought of 1,114 minutes for club and country extending back to March.

5Manchester United have now won their last five league games against West Ham, scoring 13 and conceding none.

1 – Central defender Roger Johnson scored his first goal for Birmingham in his 41st game for the club, but it was not enough to secure a win as they let slip a two-goal lead against Bolton in a 2-2 draw.

4 – Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jääskeläinen was sent off for the fourth time in his Premier League career.

9Liverpool have now beaten West Bromwich Albion in all nine of their Premier League meetings, scoring 25 and conceding none. Dating back to the old First Division, they have now won twelve straight league games against West Brom.

18Everton won 18 corners in their 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa, the most by one team in a Premier League match since Liverpool gained 19 against Stoke in September 2008.

(Some statistics courtesy of @OptaJoe, @optajim, @OptaJean and @StatManJon.)

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4 Responses to The week in numbers: w/e 29/8/10

  1. aardvarkian says:

    Excellent summary, Tim. One thing, though:

    2 – the number of points by which Down beat Kildare in the All-Ireland Senior Football semi-final. The final score was Down 1-16, Kildare 1-14. Down now meet Cork in the showpiece on 19 September.

    Just sayin’

  2. Sheree says:

    I love all these odd numerical facts. You must spend hours researching them. Whenever do you find the time?

    I see my beloved boys in claret and blue are featured twice. I still can’t believe that they got knocked out again, at the same stage, by Rapid Vienna. Let’s hope this doesn’t turn into a semi-permanent fixture like those 3rd round FA Cup ties v Manchester United.

    • Tim says:

      Sleepless nights, mostly! In truth, I follow a number of professional sources on Twitter which are extremely useful (see the links at the bottom of each week’s post), and I’m a bit of a statto anyway – I love the serendipity you often come across when I’m looking at numbers. (I was particularly chuffed with the one about Pakistan’s highest scorer in the series being exactly matched by Trott’s single innings, which was one I stumbled upon by chance while looking for something completely different.)

      Villa seem to be a bit Jekyll and Hyde this season. Clearly O’Neill and Milner’s departures have unsettled them, but they were awful at Newcastle and very lucky not to succumb against Everton, who battered them for much of the game from what I saw.

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