Scots snub in BBC vote ‘a dis­grace’

Cricket win over Eng­land left out of Sports Per­son­al­ity awards

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - FRONT PAGE - BY NEIL DRYS­DALE

The BBC Sports Per­son­al­ity of the Year has al­ways been a cu­ri­ous beast; an event whose rel­e­vance has de­clined in re­cent times.

But that doesn’t ex­cuse the short­list of con­tenders which the cor­po­ra­tion has just re­vealed for its ‘Great­est Sport­ing Mo­ment of 2018’ – a ros­ter which con­spic­u­ously ig­nores Scot­land’s crick­eters record­ing a his­toric and nerve-shred­ding win over Eng­land in Ed­in­burgh dur­ing the sum­mer.

The can­di­dates which the BBC has un­veiled are: Eng­land’s gold medal in net­ball at the Com­mon­wealth Games; Eng­land’s penalty shootout win over Colom­bia at the World Cup; (Eng­land’s) Alas­tair Cook scor­ing a cen­tury at The Oval in his fi­nal Test; Tiger Woods’ first vic­tory in five years at the Tour Cham­pi­onship; and Tyson Fury’s fight­back to draw with Deon­tay Wilder in a much-hyped box­ing bout last week­end.

No place, there­fore, for Kyle Coet­zer and his Scot­tish team­mates who took on the world No 1 ranked Eng­land – who are favourites for next year’s World Cup – and broke a string of records and thrilled a ca­pac­ity crowd on a day when David met Go­liath and used a bat and ball rather than a sling to carve a niche in im­mor­tal­ity.

The BBC hasn’t even cho­sen the best English Test achieve­ment of 2018 – the mo­ment when Jimmy An­der­son took his 500th wicket against the West In­dies at Lord’s – but some of the other choices defy be­lief.

Are we re­ally meant to ap­plaud a penalty shootout which took Eng­land through, not to the fi­nal or even the tro­phy it­self, but to the quar­ter-fi­nals? And, given how Woods failed to lift any of the ma­jors and flopped at the Ry­der Cup, was his tri­umph in At­lanta re­ally that im­por­tant? No.

Then, of course, there’s the not-so-lit­tle mat­ter of Fury’s drugs ban and his litany of of­fen­sive state­ments ear­lier in his ca­reer.

Con­trast and compare with the pos­i­tiv­ity and pas­sion of Scots such as Calum MacLeod who struck a marvel­lous un­beaten 140; or Coet­zer and Matt Cross who smashed the Eng­land at­tack all over the Grange in the first 15 overs.

It was as joy­ous as Safyaan Sharif ’s re­sponse to trap­ping Mark Wood lbw which sealed the Scots’ maiden win over their op­po­nents by just six runs.

Mal­colm Can­non, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Cricket Scot­land, hasn’t been slow out of the blocks in crit­i­cis­ing the Beeb’s ac­tions. He said yes­ter­day: “Se­ri­ously, this is dis­grace­ful” and he was cor­rect.

In par­lance that afi­ciona­dos of the sport will un­der­stand, per­haps it’s time to boy­cott the com­pe­ti­tion.

WIN­NERS: Calum MacLeod and Kyle Coet­zer of Scot­land cel­e­brate af­ter they won the one-day in­ter­na­tional match be­tween Scot­land and Eng­land

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