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.

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The week in numbers: w/e 25/3/12

Woods won his first PGA title in over 2½ years (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

924Tiger Woods ended his winless streak of 924 days on the US PGA Tour by claiming a five-shot victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida.

62 – Age of two-time world darts champion John ‘Jocky’ Wilson, who died on Saturday night two days after his birthday. The Scotsman won the world title in 1982 and 1989.

156 – South Africa’s Alviro Petersen scored an 8½-hour 156 as South Africa took control of the third and final Test in Wellington. They currently lead the series over New Zealand 1-0. Read more of this post

The week in numbers: w/e 4/12/11

Sócrates, 1954-2011. RIP (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

57 – Age of former Brazilian football captain Sócrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira – better known simply as Sócrates – who died in hospital in São Paulo after a three-month battle with illness. Instantly recognisable to a generation of football fans by his trademark beard and headband, he played 60 times for Brazil, scoring 22 goals from an attacking midfield position, and captained his country at the 1982 World Cup.

0 – Number of women in the final shortlist of ten candidates for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, which will be awarded on December 22nd.

58 – Winger Shane Williams capped his 87th and final Test with his 58th try in the final move of the game as Wales lost 24-18 to Australia at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

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The week in numbers: w/e 2/10/11

Woods' ranking continues to plummet (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

51 – Tiger Woods‘ latest world ranking, the first time since 1996 he has been outside the world’s top 50. Woods has not won a tournament since the 2009 Australian Masters and had spent 778 consecutive weeks in the top 50 since October 1996, 623 of those at number one.

3Sir Chris Hoy won the team sprint on the final day of the National Track Championships in Manchester to add to his gold medals in the open sprint and keirin events.

3Andy Murray won his third title of 2011 at the Thailand Open, defeating Donald Young 6-2 6-0. The American had surprisingly beaten him at Indian Wells in March.

3 – Gold medals for British taekwondo players at the British Open in Manchester. 17-year old Jade Jones won in the women’s 57kg category, while Martin Stamper and Bianca Walkden won the men’s 68kg and women’s 67kg events respectively.

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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.)

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