The week in numbers: w/e 14/8/11

Cook's 294 is more than the entire Indian team have scored in any single innings

294Alastair Cook scored a career-high 294 in England‘s third Test victory over India, more than the tourists have managed as a team in any of their six innings to date in the series. (Their highest score is just 288.) Victory guarantees England the world number one ranking at the end of the series, regardless of the result of the fourth and final Test. They currently lead 3-0.

2 – India’s Virender Sehwag was out first ball without scoring in both innings.

710England‘s total of 710/7 declared was their third-highest Test total ever (and their highest against India).

3India‘s margin of defeat (an innings and 242 runs) was their third-worst ever in Tests.

Imogen Bankier and Chris Adcock won an unexpected silver at the World Badminton Championships (image courtesy of Badminton

18 – World ranking of British mixed doubles badminton pair Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier, who reached the final of the World Badminton Championships at Wembley Arena, beating the number eight, four and two seeds en route. They lost to world number ones Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei 21-15 21-7 in the final.

77 – Tiger Woods‘ first round score at the US PGA championship, his worst ever opening round at a major. He followed it with a second round 73 to miss the cut by six shots.

3 – Keegan Bradley won the US PGA after a three-hole play-off against Jason Dufner, making him only the third player in golfing history to win the first major he has entered (Francis Ouimet, 1913 US Open and Ben Curtis, 2003 Open Championship).

5 – Dufner had led by five shots after the 15th before a bogey-bogey-par finish.

13 – Bradley became the 13th different winner in the last 13 majors, and the seventh consecutive first-time winner.

5 – World number one Novak Djokovic beat Mardy Fish 6-2 3-6 6-4 in the final of the Montreal Masters to become the first player ever to win five Masters events in the same season (in addition to the Australian Open and Wimbledon).

2Serena Williams won the final of the Rogers Cup in Toronto, her second consecutive tournament win since returning after a year’s absence through injury.

Ainslie was in dominant form in the Finn class event (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

5 – Three-time Olympic champion Ben Ainslie won five out of six races to ease to overall victory in the Finn class at the Olympic regatta test event at Weymouth.

1 – Britain’s Mark Cavendish took victory in the London-Surrey Cycle Classic – the test event for the Olympic cycling road race – winning the final sprint on The Mall.

10 – Durham’s Phil Mustard has won the toss on all ten occasions he has captained the County Championship first division leaders this season.

11Darren Stevens took match figures of 11/70 in Kent’s 265-run win over Surrey at Canterbury.

557,000,000 – Amount in pounds for which the London 2012 Olympic Village was sold to a partnership including the Qatari Royal Family’s company. It will be developed as private housing after the Games.

The Premier league in numbers

1Wolves‘ 2-1 win at Blackburn was the first time they have ever won a Premier League away match after conceding the opening goal.

36Arsenal‘s 0-0 draw at Newcastle was the first time their opening game of the season ended goalless since 1975 (vs Burnley), a gap of 36 years.

Gervinho was sent off on his Arsenal debut (image courtesy of

2 – For the second straight season, Arsenal had a player sent off on debut on the opening weekend of the season after signing from a French Ligue 1 club. Last season it was Laurent Koscielny (Lorient) – this year it was Gervinho (Lille). It was also the third straight league meeting between the two sides in which Arsenal have been reduced to ten men.

31Norwich‘s 1-1 draw at Wigan marked their 31st consecutive Premier League away game without a win.

5Bolton‘s 4-0 win at QPR ended a run of five straight losses and was only their second away win in 19.

8 Manchester United‘s 2-1 win at West Bromwich Albion was their eighth consecutive top-flight win at the Hawthorns, equalling the top division record for consecutive wins at an opponent’s ground.

13Chelsea only drew 0-0 at Stoke, but this was nonetheless their 13th consecutive opening day fixture without defeat since a 2-1 loss at Coventry in 1998.

5 – With two games still to play, there have been five draws in the opening round of Premier League fixtures. Last season there were only four draws in the first seven rounds combined.

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


The week in numbers: w/e 1/8/10

19 – Total number of medals won by the Great Britain team (six gold, seven silver, six bronze) at the European Athletics Championships in Barcelona, one better than the previous championship best of 18 at Split in 1990.

Mo Farah

1Mo Farah‘s victory in the 10,000 metres was Britain’s first-ever gold medal in the event. It was also Farah’s first major championship title.

17.81 – Distance (in metres) jumped by Phillips Idowu to win the gold medal in the triple jump. It was a lifetime best by the British athlete.

6,823 – Total points accumulated by Jessica Ennis in winning the heptathlon, setting a new European Championships record. Ennis beat Olympic champion Nataliya Dobrynska of Ukraine into second place by just 45 points.

726 – As of Sunday, days remaining until the start of the 2012 London Olympics – July 27th was the ‘two years to go’ milestone.

James Anderson

11/71James Anderson‘s combined return in the first Test match as England defeated Pakistan by 354 runs at Trent Bridge. He took 5/54 in the first innings and followed it up with 6/17 in the second, as the visitors were dismissed for just 80.

20 – After Sunday’s Hungarian GP, the points separating Mark Webber (161 points), the Formula 1 championship leader, from Fernando Alonso in fifth (141) – less than the 25 on offer for a race win.

45 – Points difference after the first period in the AFL local derby between the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles – 7.6 (48) vs 0.3 (3). The match finished 160-85 in favour of Fremantle.

0 – Total transfer fees paid for central defender Sol Campbell during his professional career – all his moves have come on a free transfer. He signed for Newcastle on Wednesday, having previously played for Tottenham, Arsenal, Portsmouth and Notts County before a second stint at Arsenal last season.

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