Bowls: Ireland leave out Murtagh
Published 16/02/2012 | 05:00
IRELAND'S selectors have sprung a major surprise by omitting Middlesex seam bowler Tim Murtagh from their squad of 14 for next month's World Twenty20 qualifiers in the United Arab Emirates.
Murtagh, who was considered a 'cert' after receiving his Irish passport last week, has been named among the four replacements.
Meanwhile, wicketkeeper Gary Wilson has become the latest Ireland player to succumb to illness in Mombasa with a severe rash across his chest making him a doubt for Saturday's clash with Kenya.
Milldean Panther will make his seasonal debut in the first round of the Tote Gold Cup at Shelbourne Park on Saturday.
Unbeaten in 10 races as a puppy, it will be his first race as an all-aged performer, but will still be a very strong favourite to win what would appear to be a reasonable contest.
Main dangers are Slippery Patch and Olympic Honcho. The first three will qualify from each heat in addition to the three fastest fourth-placed finishers.
IRELAND'S U-18s let a lead slip as they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Wales at Ferrycarrig Park in Wexford last night.
Some Irish players took their chance to impress more than others and it was through one of the star performers that they took the lead on 18 minutes, Finn Harps' Cathal McDaid firing in a low shot.
The visitors equalised 20 minutes from time when substitute James Stead beat Niall Corbett.
And disaster struck for Ireland in the 90th minute when another substitute, Alex Samuel, nodded in the winner.
IRELAND -- N Corbett (UCD); A Browne (Ringmahon Rangers), P Sweeney (Bray), D Corcoran (Carrigaline United), J McGlynn (St Pat's); R Slater (UCD), G Brady (Dundalk), C Harkin (Derry); M Duffy (Derry City), J Lyons (Salthill Devon), C McDaid (Finn Harps). Subs: C Byrne (Mervue United) for Harkin (57), A McAlvery (Rockmount) for Lyons, C Shaughnessy (Mervue) for Corcoran (both 61), C O'Malley (Mervue) for Corbett (69), P Gannon (Bohemians) for McGlynn, R Curran (Finn Harps) for Browne (both 75), C. O'Driscoll (Avondale) for McDaid (77).
WALES -- Dowd; Gruffydd, Gibbons, Tinsley, Cockins; Curtis, Green, Kemp, Hutson; Davies, J McDaid.
REF -- Graham Kelly (Cork).