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March 16, 2007
Shot of the Day
Herschelle Gibbs' contemptuous slap over midwicket to complete his million-dollar blitzkrieg on the unsuspecting legspinner, Daan van Bunge. It was thrilling and ferocious stuff, and the only pity is that barely 1000 spectators were in the ground to witness it.
Click here to watch Gibbs's six sixes
Ball of the Day
Billy Stelling's second delivery of the match - it was short and, if truth be told, it was wide as well. But it bounced more than AB de Villiers had been expecting, and delivered the perfect start to Holland's World Cup campaign ...
Rearguard of the Day
Essex's allrounder, Ryan ten Doeschate, demonstrated the value of exposure to high-level cricket with an excellently compiled 57. He took the edge off a thumping defeat, and even showed that the Dutch can hit sixes too. Even if they have to be South African-born.
Hubris of (Yester)Day
"If we bowl first and keep them under 300 we will give ourselves a chance." Holland's captain, Luuk van Troost, had been in bullish mood on the eve of the match. "Our first target is to win the game. That's why we are here. If you don't give yourself a chance, there's no use coming to this tournament. You have to back yourself." Brave words, if ever so slightly empty.
Press release of the Day
Shortly before presumably considering filing for bankruptcy, the whisky company, Johnnie Walker, announced it was "absolutely delighted by the inspirational and pioneering feat that was today realised by Herschelle Gibbs". Apparently they "couldn't be more thrilled with donating US$1 million to Habitat for Humanity in our efforts to enrich the Caribbean community", and offered their "sincere congratulations for this amazing accomplishment".
Dimensions of the Day
Presciently, the St Kitts officials thought to cover their backs for when the accusations of short boundaries start flying around. "The playing area (east to west)," they announced, "is 140 yards and one foot - the minimum requirement is 140 yards so there is one foot to spare." North to south, on the other hand, is much more comfortable - 134 yards is the length, which is a full 14 more than the minimum. Gibbs made it look pretty poxy either way.
Superfluous information of the Day
The eight-page print-out detailing every ball of Holland's Duckworth-Lewis requirements. To have won the game in the event of rain, the Dutch would need to have made their final total of 132 for 9 in less than a single delivery.