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The week in numbers: w/e 22/4/12

Vettel finally won his first race of the 2012 season (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

10 – Points separating the top five drivers after defending Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel won the Bahrain Grand Prix. His first victory of the season catapulted him from fifth to first in the standings, with 53 points.

4 – The win by Red Bull’s Vettel marked the first time since 1983 the first four races of the season have been won by four different drivers (Button, Alonso, Rosberg, Vettel) from four different teams (McLaren, Ferrari, Mercedes, Red Bull).

2Wilson Kipsang and defending champion Mary Keitany secured a Kenyan double by winning the men’s and women’s races at the London Marathon.

6David Weir won a record-equalling sixth London Wheelchair Marathon in a time of 1:32:23.

11Chelsea‘s 1-0 win over Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final meant they have opened the scoring in each of their 11 games in the competition this season.

21Chelsea won despite having just 21% of possession during the game.

40Mario Gomez‘s 90th-minute for Bayern Munich in their 2-1 semi-final first-leg win over Real Madrid was his 40th goal of the season in all competitions.

The big-hitting Gayle struck five straight sixes

5Chris Gayle became the first player in IPLhistory to hit five consecutive sixes as he scored 81 off just 48 balls to help Royal Challengers Bangalore to a last-ball victory over Pune Warriors.

103Kevin Pietersen hit his first Twenty20 century as he scored an unbeaten 103 off 64 balls to lead the Delhi Daredevils to victory over the Deccan Chargers.

42 – By scoring the winner in Real Madrid’s 2-1 win at Barcelona, Cristiano Ronaldo set a new La Liga record with his 42nd goal of the season.

0 – In the same match, Lionel Messi failed to have a shot on target at Camp Nou for the first time in La Liga this season.

12 – Cyclist Riccardo Ricco was handed a 12-year ban for his second doping offence, effectively ending his career. He was admitted to hospital last year in critical condition after what was diagnosed as kidney failure due to a blood transfusion he performed on himself with 25-day old blood.

21 – The Chicago White Sox’s Philip Humber pitched only the 21st perfect game – one in which no opposing player reaches base – in Major League Baseball history in a 4-0 win over the Seattle Mariners.

204Nick Compton scored an unbeaten 204 in Somerset’s draw with Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge

10 – Worcestershire’s Alan Richardson took 6/47 and 4/81 for match figures of 10/128 in the draw with Surrey.

The Premier League in numbers

0 – Number of Premier League games Arsenal have won without Mikel Arteta this season. Their 0-0 draw with Chelsea means they have drawn two and lost four of their six games without the Spanish midfielder.

6Newcastle’s 3-0 win over Stoke extended their winning sequence to six games, their best since October 1996.

A goal and a red card for Taarabt

4Adel Taarabt scored the only goal in QPR’s 1-0 win over Spurs, and later became only the fourth player to score and be sent off in the same game this season (also Grant Holt, Fernando Torres and teammate Joey Barton).

13Everton scored twice in the closing eight minutes to secure a 4-4 draw at Manchester United, the 13th 4-4 draw in the Premier League era. The last time there was a bigger score draw in the top flight was in 1984 (QPR 5 Newcastle 5), and the all-time record is 6-6 between Leicester and Arsenal in 1930.

3Everton became only the third side to score four or more goals at Old Trafford in the Premier League era – the second this season after Manchester City (1-6 in October).

1Wolves‘ 2-0 defeat by Manchester City saw them become the first team to be relegated from the Premier League this season. 11 points adrift of safety, they have taken just two points from their last 11 games.

45West Bromwich Albion won 1-0 at Liverpool on the 45th anniversary of their last top flight win at Anfield – 1-0 on April 22nd 1967.

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

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