The week in numbers: w/e 8/4/12

Jayawardene scored his 31st century and the 2,000,000th Test run

2,000,000 – Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene scored the two millionth run in Test history en route to his 31st Test century on day one of the second Test against England in Colombo.

1 – Having lost all four previous Tests on their winter tours of Pakistan and Sri Lanka, England finally won in Colombo, as Kevin Pietersen hit 151 and 42 not out to lead England to an eight-wicket victory.

6 – In a race which had to be restarted halfway because of the intervention of a swimmer in the river, Cambridge won the 158th Boat Race to maintain their perfect record of having won on all six occasions when the event has been held on April 7th – although victory came courtesy of Oxford suffering a broken oar in a clash shortly after the restart.

1 – American Bubba Watson claimed his first major title at the Masters with a play-off victory over South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen, winning at the second extra hole.

40 – Finishing position of Tiger Woods, his worst placing as a professional. He had never previously finished lower than 22nd since turning pro.

0 – Number of players to break par on the 18th hole throughout the tournament.

4Tom Boonen won his fourth race of the spring Classics season as he claimed a record-tying fourth victory at Paris-Roubaix yesterday. Boonen attacked on his own and rode the final 53km solo to win by more than 1½ minutes.

43Celtic claimed their 43rd Scottish Premier League title with an emphatic 6-0 win at Kilmarnock.

Trott won her fifth and sixth major gold medals (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

2 – World titles won by cyclist Laura Trott at the Track World Championships in Melbourne. She added gold in the omnium to the one she won as part of Britain’s victorious team pursuit squad. The 19-year old has already won six titles at senior World or European championships – all gold.

6Victoria Pendleton claimed her sixth individual sprint world title in eight years, defeating her nemesis, Australia’s Anna Meares, in the semi-final despite a heavy fall.

13 – Medals won by the Great Britain team at the Track World Championships – six gold, four silver and three bronze. They finished second in the overall medal table, just behind hosts Australia, who won six gold, six silver and three bronze.

33 – Number of shots attempted by Real Madrid in their 0-0 draw against Valencia at the Bernabeu, the third-most by any team in La Liga in a single match this season.

10Chelsea advanced to the Champions League semi-finals after a 2-1 win over Benfica (3-1 on aggregate). They have opened the scoring in each of their ten games in the competition this season.

20 – Number of wickets to fall on the opening day of the County Championship match between Nottinghamshire and Worcestershire at Trent Bridge. Only Nottinghamshire’s Paul Franks scored more than 30. Notts went on to win by 92 runs.

12Robbie Joseph took six wickets in each innings and finished with match figures of 12/111 as Leicestershire beat Glamorgan at Grace Road by 52 runs.

The Premier League in numbers

826Manchester United‘s 2-0 win at Blackburn last Monday extended their run without conceding a goal in games played on a Monday to 826 minutes – more than nine games.

Dempsey is now Fulham's single-season record goalscorer

15Clint Dempsey scored twice in a 3-0 win at Bolton to become Fulham’s all-time Premier League single-season goalscorer, with 15. Louis Saha set the previous record of 13 in 2003/04.

9Papiss Cisse scored his eighth and ninth goals in only his eighth Premier League appearance, as Newcastle beat Swansea 2-0. Only one player has needed fewer games to reach nine goals: Coventry’s Micky Quinn, who reached this milestone in just six appearances in 1992.

13Grant Holt scored his 13th league goal of the season as Norwich drew 2-2 with Everton. Wayne Rooney (22) is the only Englishman to have scored more than Holt this season.

8Manchester United‘s 2-0 win over QPR was their eighth successive league win, the most by any club since United won 11 in a row in 2009.

46Manchester United have now scored in 46 consecutive home league games, equalling the Premier League record set by Arsenal from 2001-03.

5Arsenal‘s defeat of Manchester City was their fifth 1-0 win this season, highest in the Premier League.

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

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