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Well, let the predictions begin, especially when you have the traditional 8 national teams battling it out, like Australia here with this BBC article about their chances.

Link: BBC: Cup Contenders - Australia

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On the eve of the West Indies area hosting the Cricket World Cup, the current Jamaican prime minister is this year's World Women and Sport biggest winner, from the IOC in Lausanne.

Link: IOC: Prime Minister Of Jamaica Wins IOC World Women And Sport Trophy

Congratulations to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Jamaica.

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What in the world is going on here? First, the talk about bringing Indian special forces just to protect their cricketers. Now, a tear gas grenade explodes in a Trinidad hotel.

Link: BBC: World Cup Stars In Security Scare

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What in the world is going on here? First, the talk about bringing Indian special forces just to protect their cricketers. Now, a tear gas grenade explodes in a Trinidad hotel.

Link: BBC: World Cup Stars In Security Scare

Its turning into an odd world cup. Earthquake, Plane crashing next to Aus training field, Explosion in hotel, Special security everywhere for to escort people, incomplete stadia, shock warm up games with South Africa nearly losing and New Zealnd getting beaten, both by nothing nations.

Hope when the matches actually start things pick up...but with the tourni lasting so damn long there is plenty of room for problems. Lets just hope its a great festival of cricket

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Its turning into an odd world cup. Earthquake, Plane crashing next to Aus training field, Explosion in hotel, Special security everywhere for to escort people, incomplete stadia, shock warm up games with South Africa nearly losing and New Zealnd getting beaten, both by nothing nations.

Hope when the matches actually start things pick up...but with the tourni lasting so damn long there is plenty of room for problems. Lets just hope its a great festival of cricket

Well i am pleased to say that new zealand beat sri lanka in their final work out before the cup by 18 runs. We has a 134 opening partnership, which has definately got to give the boys a morale booster after losing to Bangladesh the other day

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Well, this is lovely. The official website seems to be down and the trophy itself is now under going repairs. Nice try to transport the thing and it gets damaged in the process. This is going to be an interesting World Cup, with the news I posted earlier and the opening ceremony today.

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Oh dear. The Union Jack is not the flag of England, it's the flag of the United Kingdom. How come they didn't use the St George's Cross?

Getty Images: England in the Opening Ceremony of the Cricket World Cup

I bet the Scots and Welsh will be very annoyed. Particularly the Scots, who are taking part.

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Oh, great. Things can only get better, I suppose.

Wait until Scotland and Bermuda march in under the Union Jack...

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We, as well as 1.7 billion other people around the world ,had the enormous priveledge of seeing the opulence of the Opening ceremony of CWC in Trelawny Jamaica. After what was a low keyed start, the Organizers stunned the global audience with a real celebration after the Parade of Teams. 2,000 dancers some in carnival costumes as wide as 70 feet exploded onto the field to the roar of a sellout 10,000 amphitheatre style seated crowd. The first segment involved a human volcano comprising over 400 singers and dancers dressed in the brilliant red and gold costumes of the Jamaica Choir! The Volcano was in homage to the origin of the islands. To the enormous sound of hundreds of maroon drummers, Lava oozed from the volcano and spilled onto the field to form the gigantic singing and dancing choir which performed High mass with David rudder while the stadium audience was transformed into a sea of frantically waving banners. 2,000 yards of "Banana Gold" silk was pulled onto the field from beneath the eighty foot stage by scores of sundancers in homage to the island sun.

Next, as the sun segment faded, the field burst to life as it was overwhelmed with of 500 butterflies and the twinkling dazzle of countless fireflies. Each Butterfly was approximately 10 feet in diametre! After a mezmerizing display, the stage was literally set on fire by 50 fire breathers. Then, in what was a most definite highlight for the evening, 400 plantation ladies dressed in flowing Titanium white gowns waved white parasols depicting the heal and toe elegance of the Plantocracy. After this, Performances were given by the I three back up singers of Bob marley and Jimmy cliff, Climaxing in a earth trembling fireworks display to a 3 hour "opulence fest" of caribbean energy.! WOW!

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Hallelujah! Another one who can see the dullness of opening ceremonies. Thank you.

the west indies have just beaten pakistan by 54 runs. West indies scored 241/9 after their 50 overs and pakistan were dismissed for 187. So a good win first up for the hosts!

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the west indies have just beaten pakistan by 54 runs. West indies scored 241/9 after their 50 overs and pakistan were dismissed for 187. So a good win first up for the hosts!

Vital as the points from that game will be carried into the next stage. From what I saw, I didn't think the West Indies' batting performance was all that, but they bowled pretty tidily. Pakistan look like they have a fair bit to find.

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Kenya: 199-3 (43 overs); Canada: 198 (50 overs)

Link: BBC: Skipper Tikolo Inspires Kenya Win

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Kenya: M A Ouma (Wkt), D O Obuya, R D Shah, S O Tikolo (Capt) T Mishra, C O Obuya, T M Odoyo, J K Kamande, N Odhiambo, P J Ongondo H A Varaiya.

Canada: G E F Barnett, A M Samad, A Bagai (Wkt), I S Billcliff J M Davison (Capt), A A Mulla, Q Ali, S Dhaniram, U Bhatti A C Cummins, H Osinde.

Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pak), P Parker (Aus)

Australia: 334-6; Scotland: 131-9

Link: BBC: Australia vs. Scotland

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Australia: Ricky Ponting (captain), Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden, Michael Clarke, Brad Hodge, Michael Hussey, Shane Watson, Brad Hogg, Nathan Bracken, Shaun Tait, Glenn McGrath

Scotland: Craig Wright (captain), Ryan Watson, Fraser Watts, Majid Haq, Navdeep Poona, Dougie Brown, Colin Smith, Glenn Rogers, John Blain, Gavin Hamilton, Paul Hoffmann.

Umpires: Steve Buckner (WIS) and Asoka de Silva (SRI)

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No real surprises there. Ireland v Zimbabwe could be interesting today.

the first tie of the tournament, a real shock for zimbabwe to tie with ireland! On the eve of st patricks day, the Irish must be in full flight

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the first tie of the tournament, a real shock for zimbabwe to tie with ireland! On the eve of st patricks day, the Irish must be in full flight

Well, here is the BBC take on the subject.

Link: BBC: Zimbabwe vs. Ireland

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Why are Zimbabwe even there?

Anyway, day three has seen a moment of history with South Africa's Herschelle Gibbs becoming the first man to hit six sixes in an over in a one-day international against Holland.

Meanwhile, in St Lucia, New Zealand are rebuilding after being reduced to 19-3 against England. They're now 44-3, chasing 210 to win.

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