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A tale of two Captain Morgans

3rd April 2016
I’ve always had a warm glow about Captain Morgan (the rum that is!) ever since the company’s successful sponsorship of Millwall FC back in the 1990s but yesterday was one of those ironic days when two sporting events collide that throws up an amazing coincidence.

Firstly, over to that amazing unlikely success story at Leicester City where 98% of football fans are desperate to see the Foxes win the Premier League. With their opponents Southampton playing 5 at the back, including 3 central defenders, it was always going to be a difficult day for Vardy and Mahrez to produce their individual brands of magic, so a set piece looked like an option for Leicester to record another 1-0 victory.

It was following a set piece that the ball fell to Austrian Christian Fuchs and his superb cross was headed in by Leicester’s no nonsense captain, Wes Morgan, who out-muscled Jordy Clasie to seal a cracking victory for the Foxes against a very good Southampton side.

So then, switching Sky channels, the omens were set for the England T20 captain Eoin Morgan to complete a memorable day for the Captain Morgan duo. The England skipper had been in wretched form with the bat and his services were called upon very early in the innings at 8-2 following Alex Hales dismissal. Surely this was the opportunity for Morgan to play a captains innings, especially with the reliable Joe Root at the other end?

Sadly Morgan the cricketer failed again with the bat, labouring over 9 deliveries for one boundary and a few singles before gifting Chris Gayle with an easy catch.
However, as the match progressed it looked as if Captain Morgan would be the one to lift the trophy as the West Indies struggled to match England’s total.

Then came the fateful last over, delivered in spectacularly dreadful style by Ben Stokes. After two deliveries were dispatched for 6, surely captain Morgan would speak to Stokes to vary the next ball? Whether he did or not, who knows, but the rest is history as Stokes was hammered for two more maximums and Captain Morgan was left to contemplate what might have been.

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