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Sarah Olle

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We all want the leaders of our clubs to set physical standards both on and off the field.

But physical standards do not equate to elbows to the face of the opposition, nor reckless swings on an unsuspecting adversary.

What Hodge and Lewis did was set the tone for a game charged with malice, not physicality. And that’s not what we want from our leaders.

Rough stuff from Hawks' leaders sending a clear message

As I said, it’s pretty early to be making this call! But I don’t think merely going “home” would be enough of an enticement for Dangerfield. Surely he wants to be part of a premiership winning team and surely Geelong’s window has now closed?

Danger, danger, high voltage: Why Dangerfield will remain a Crow

I think they’d work beautifully together!

Although after today’s revelations that Geelong have contacted Gary Ablett’s management, it could be Ablett and Selwood playing in the middle for Geelong next season.

If Dangerfield stays at the Crows, Geelong may make a big play to bring Ablett back to the club to add some much needed class in the midfield.

Watch this space.

Danger, danger, high voltage: Why Dangerfield will remain a Crow

MATCH WRAP UP –

Wow, for a second there I wasn’t sure we were going to reach a conclusion.

Pakistan looked like they were set for a very comfortable win, but in a bid to get Sarfraz to 100, they stuttered toward the finishing line.

Despite all this, in the end, Sarfraz made his ton and Pakistan won by 7 wickets.

Sarfraz’s opening partnership with Shehzad was Pakistan’s best of the tournament and set the tone for what was an easy run chase.

Ireland will be kicking themselves.

They started off the match well, winning the toss and electing to bat.

Captain Porterfield’s knock of 107 was a ripper, but he received little support from the middle order.

When Wilson was caught out on 29, Ireland’s innings really unravelled. They only managed 48 runs from the last 10 overs.

A large part of this was because the Pakistani bowling attack were once again superb.

Ireland leave the tournament having won over many fans.

They beat two member teams – the West Indies and Zimbabwe – and should be proud of their efforts.

I hope to see them at 2019 World Cup, although this will be made all the more difficult with the tournament shrinking to a 10 team event.

Pakistan will now meet Australia in the knockout quarter final in Adelaide next week.

Now that their batsmen have hit their stride, Pakistan should be confident to take it to the Australians.

PAKISTAN WINS BY 7 WICKETS
Man of the Match – Ahmed Sarfraz

[VIDEO] Ireland vs Pakistan highlights: 2015 Cricket World Cup scores, blog

FOUR AND WIN – Akmal finishes off with a four down the ground and Pakistan win by 7 wickets. Hallelujah!

PAKISTAN WILL PROGRESS TO THE QUARTER FINALS AGAINST AUSTRALIA.

For Ireland, this is the end of their tournament.

[VIDEO] Ireland vs Pakistan highlights: 2015 Cricket World Cup scores, blog

Well that was an anti-climax.

Sarfraz prods the last two balls of the over and Pakistan are still chasing for victory.

Misbah looks visibly upset from the players’ box – he wants this game over.

[VIDEO] Ireland vs Pakistan highlights: 2015 Cricket World Cup scores, blog

FINALLY!!!!!!!!

Sarfraz gets a boundary and gets his 100.

Pakistan now need 1 run to win.

Sarfraz has Akmal to thank, who blocked 5 balls in a row in that last over so Sarfraz could get his ton.

[VIDEO] Ireland vs Pakistan highlights: 2015 Cricket World Cup scores, blog

Sarfraz is on strike.

George Dockrell is bowling.

[VIDEO] Ireland vs Pakistan highlights: 2015 Cricket World Cup scores, blog

That’s 5 blocks from 5 balls.

Sarfraz, please, for all our sakes, get your ton and get off the field.

[VIDEO] Ireland vs Pakistan highlights: 2015 Cricket World Cup scores, blog

If Akmal continues to block the ball, Ireland may actually be in with a chance to win this game.

Akmal is determined that Sarfraz makes his ton so he is happy to just block, block and block away.

[VIDEO] Ireland vs Pakistan highlights: 2015 Cricket World Cup scores, blog

He takes a single….

….they are really dragging this game out.

[VIDEO] Ireland vs Pakistan highlights: 2015 Cricket World Cup scores, blog

A wide.

So now only 6 runs required for victory – Sarfraz needs to make 4 of them.

[VIDEO] Ireland vs Pakistan highlights: 2015 Cricket World Cup scores, blog

It’s Mooney to bowl.

[VIDEO] Ireland vs Pakistan highlights: 2015 Cricket World Cup scores, blog

Yup. Blocked.

So Sarfraz is on 96*. He needs 4 for his 100 and Pakistan needs 7 runs for victory.

This is agonising to watch.

[VIDEO] Ireland vs Pakistan highlights: 2015 Cricket World Cup scores, blog

Sarfraz takes a single and I’d almost bet my life on Akmal blocking this last delivery.

[VIDEO] Ireland vs Pakistan highlights: 2015 Cricket World Cup scores, blog

A wide and a single for Akmal.

Pakistan needs 8 runs for victory. Sarfraz needs 5 runs for his century.

[VIDEO] Ireland vs Pakistan highlights: 2015 Cricket World Cup scores, blog

Sarfraz looks for two runs off the first delivery but Akmal sends him back.

Akmal will need to hit a single to get off strike.

10 runs for victory. 5 runs for Sarfraz’s century.

[VIDEO] Ireland vs Pakistan highlights: 2015 Cricket World Cup scores, blog

Thompson continues for his tenth and last over.

[VIDEO] Ireland vs Pakistan highlights: 2015 Cricket World Cup scores, blog

Akmal has got the message and blocks the last two balls of O’Brien’s over.

That means Safraz will retain the strike and will be given the opportunity to make 100.

11 runs for victory now.

[VIDEO] Ireland vs Pakistan highlights: 2015 Cricket World Cup scores, blog

FOUR – Akmal can’t help himself! A one bounce boundary through mid on and now Pakistan needs 11 runs for victory.

[VIDEO] Ireland vs Pakistan highlights: 2015 Cricket World Cup scores, blog

For the start of the 43rd over, Akmal is on strike. He has been whacking everything to the boundary. Will he do the right thing and give Safraz the strike?

Pakistan 223-3.

15 runs needed from 46 balls.

[VIDEO] Ireland vs Pakistan highlights: 2015 Cricket World Cup scores, blog

Safraz needs to make 6 of the last 15 runs required to get to 100.

[VIDEO] Ireland vs Pakistan highlights: 2015 Cricket World Cup scores, blog

Sarfraz is back on strike on 94*.

[VIDEO] Ireland vs Pakistan highlights: 2015 Cricket World Cup scores, blog

With nine overs remaining, Pakistan need a mere 17 runs to progress to the knock out stages.

[VIDEO] Ireland vs Pakistan highlights: 2015 Cricket World Cup scores, blog

FOUR – Again! Akmal is a class act. This time its through deep mid-wicket.

Pakistan now only need 18 runs to win.

[VIDEO] Ireland vs Pakistan highlights: 2015 Cricket World Cup scores, blog