The Duckworth Lewis rule is the crazy system which works out how many runs a cricket team needs for victory after a rain delay. Basically you divide the opening batsmen’s average score on Angry Birds, add this to the sum of all their kids birthdays and finally subtract the numbers on the back of the jersey of the not out batters and you have the total.
Thankfully there was no Duckworth Lewis method needed last night to know that Lleyton Hewitt had beaten fellow countryman, James Duckworth, to begin his 20th and final Australian Open campaign.
Poor James Duckworth was the first Aussie to ever play on centre court and have no-one going for him. If he’d won he would have been the most hated person in the country! He would have felt like Eric Hollies, the leggie who bowled Don Bradman for a duck in his last game.
I’ve never said this before about an Australian… But thankfully Duckworth lost. He will remember this game for the rest of his life though. Playing against his idol, on opening night, on centre court at the Australian Open. He knew he just wasn’t allowed to win. Duckworth lost, but I’m sure it was one of the highlights of his life and the only loss he’ll ever remember.
For the rest of us, we can enjoy watching the little champion that is Lleyton Hewitt, one more time.