The week in numbers: w/e 11/12/11

Sehwag blasted a world record 219

219 – Virender Sehwag scored a one-day international record 219 (off just 149 balls) as India thrashed the West Indies at Indore. Sehwag hit 25 fours and seven sixes during his innings.

71 – Age of former Formula 1 driver Peter Gethin, who died last week. Gethin’s only victory (indeed, his only podium finish) came at Monza in 1971, but it was the narrowest win in F1 history, as he beat Ronnie Petersen by 0.01s.

1Luke Donald‘s third place at the Dubai World Championship ensured he became the first golfer ever to top both the European and US PGA Tours in the same year.

3 – Manchester United‘s 2-1 defeat in Basle meant they failed to progress beyond the group stage of the Champions League for only the third time in 17 seasons (1994/5, 2005/6). They will now play in the Europa League when European competition resumes in February.

1 – United also became the first team to be knocked out in the group phase having played in the Champions League final the previous season.

2 – Number of left-handers in the final of snooker‘s UK Championship – the first time this has happened at a ranking tournament for 22 years. Judd Trump beat Mark Allen 10-8.

Khan lost a close decision to Peterson (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

2 – Points deducted from Amir Khan for pushing in his WBA/IBF light-welterweight title fight with Lamont Peterson in Washington DC. The deductions proved cruical as Khan lost both his titles on a split decision, with two of the three judges awarding the fight to Peterson by a single point.

8 – Barnsley’s Ricardo Vaz Tê scored after just eight seconds as they defeated Crystal Palace 2-1 in a midweek Championship game. It was the fastest goal ever scored at Oakwell.

84.6% – Percentage of Reading‘s goals (22 of 26) in the Championship this season which have come in the final half-hour of games. They scored three times in the last 25 minutes as they beat West Ham 3-0.

72 – Despite opening the scoring after just 23 seconds, Real Madrid lost a league match in which they were leading for the first time in 72 games as Barcelona bounced back to win 3-1 at the Bernabéu.

3 – Number of teams who have won all three of their opening Heineken Cup pool games; Munster, Cardiff Blues and Toulouse.  (Four teams have lost all three of their matches.)

And finally, a couple from the early hours of this morning …

26New Zealand claimed their first Test victory in Australia for 26 years, winning the second Test by seven runs to draw the two-match series 1-1.

16Australia have now lost 16 Tests since 2008. Only the West Indies and Bangladesh have lost more Test matches in that time.

The Premier League in numbers

Vorm saved a penalty to preserve a league-leading seventh clean sheet

7Michel Vorm saved a penalty in keeping his seventh clean sheet of the season, the most by any goalkeeper in the Premier League, as Swansea beat Fulham 2-0.

46Victor Moses scored his first goal of the season with his 46th shot as Wigan came from behind to win 2-1 at West Brom.

61 – It was the first time Wigan have won consecutive Premier League away games since November 2006 – a period of 61 months.

33Robin van Persie scored his 33rd league goal of 2011 (in 32 games) with a stunning volley as Arsenal beat Everton 1-0.

Fletcher certainly knows how to use his head

9 – Although Wolves lost 4-1 at Manchester United, Steven Fletcher scored his ninth headed goal since the start of the 2009/10 season, the most by any Premier League player in that period.

9Wayne Rooney‘s brace ended a scoring drought of nine games in the league.

334Marc Albrighton‘s 33rd-minute goal ended Aston Villa‘s run of 334 minutes without a goal as they won 2-1 at Bolton.

3Sebastian Larsson‘s injury-time winner for Sunderland in their 2-1 victory over Blackburn was his third free kick goal of the season – no other player has more than one. Sunderland had trailed until the 84th minute.

4 – Stoke defeated Tottenham 2-1 in the fourth Premier League meeting between the two teams at the Britannia Stadium. Emmanuel Adebayor‘s penalty and Younès Kaboul‘s red card meant there have been four penalties and four red cards in those four games.

The NFL in numbers

15 – New England’s Rob Gronkowski caught his 14th & 15th touchdowns of the year to set a new NFL single-season record for touchdown catches by a tight end. The Patriots defeated the Washington Redskins 34-27.

Suggs recorded hat-tricks of both sacks and fumbles against the winless Colts (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

3 – Linebacker Terrell Suggs had three sacks and forced three fumbles as the Baltimore Ravens beat the Indianapolis Colts 24-10 to drop them to 0-13.

2 – Third-string rookie quarterback T J Yates led a late 80-yard drive, which he finished with a six-yard touchdown pass with two seconds remaining to give the Houston Texans a 20-19 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

41 – The Jacksonville Jaguars scored 41 unanswered points to overturn an early 14-point deficit and hand the Tampa Bay Buccaneers their seventh straight loss, 41-14. The Jaguars, who had not scored more than 20 points in a game all season, put up 28 in the second quarter alone.

3 – The Denver Broncos won their third overtime game of the season to tie the NFL single-season record. They had trailed 10-0 until the final 2:08 of the game, but came back to beat the Chicago Bears 13-10. Matt Prater kicked a 59-yard field goal as time expired to force the extra period, then connected with a 51-yarder to win it in overtime – the third week in a row he has made a late game-winning kick.

(Some statistics courtesy of Opta Sports, The Times, StatManJon, Infostrada and


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2 Responses to The week in numbers: w/e 11/12/11

  1. Shocking collapse (again!) by the Aussies v Kiwis, but a game that came down to a 7 run margin was a thriller. Kiwi rookie Doug Bracewell took 6/40. Opening batsman David Warner on debut 123 n.o., added 33 of the 41 needed for victory with number 11 Nathan Lyon.

    No Twenty20 or ODI ever comes close to this.

    • Tim says:

      Totally agree. Terrific tense finish. And a truly outstanding performance by Warner under the most extreme pressure. He just ran out of partners in the end – a shame.

      Another stat for you: apparently 22 of the 30 closest results in Tests (ties and wins by 1 wicket or less than 15 runs) have involved the Aussies. I can’t find the original stat, but they have lost something like 14 of those 22, with 6 wins and 2 ties. Chokers?

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