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It’s darkest day in history of English cricket: Media

England’s shocking four-wicket upset against the Netherlands in the World T20 Championship opener has drawn flak from the British media, who described it as the “darkest day” in the hosts’ cricket history.

cricket Updated: Jun 06, 2009 15:29 IST
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England’s shocking four-wicket upset against the Netherlands in the World T20 Championship opener has drawn flak from the British media, who described it as the “darkest day” in the hosts’ cricket history.

The Dutch, who don’t even enjoy the status to play one-day internationals, stunned England with a last-ball victory at Lord’s last night.

“Never in the error-strewn history of English cricket, never in the rich 195-year history of Lord’s, has there been a day as dark,” wrote one of the leading British newspapers The Daily Mail.

“Simply, this is their worst defeat in any competitive international match,” it added.

The Daily Express´ has lebelled the loss as a “humiliation” and compared the “most embarrassing defeat” in England’s history to “a rocking horse winning the Grand National.”

“England have had some bad days in one-day cricket, including defeats by Zimbabwe and early exits from tournaments, but none will have hurt like this humiliation.

“This was like Stockport beating Manchester United in the FA Cup, or a rocking horse winning the Grand National,” it wrote.