Cricket: Anderson fire slays Knights
JOHN ANDERSON top scored with 86 as Leinster Lightning made 364 all out at College Park in the first innings of their three-day RSA InterProvincial clash against the Northern Knights.
Merrion skipper Anderson, who boasted two sixes among his 11 boundaries, had to steady the home side after the loss of three early wickets and found good support from half-centuries by Kevin O'Brien and Stuart Poynter.
Phil Eagleston took 4-93 for the Knights before a last-wicket partnership of 60 from 44 balls between Eddie Richardson and Max Soresen gave the home side the first-day honours. The visitors were 20-2 at the close.
Meanwhile, Ireland opener Paul Stirling scored a century from 50 balls for Middlesex against a Jersey XI, but there was less happy news for Irish fans as Boyd Rankin made his T20 debut for England against New Zealand, ruling the fast bowler out of Ireland action for four years.
Rankin finished a respectable four overs 1-24, as New Zealand compiled a mammoth 201-4 in their 20 overs, which, despite a spirited chase by England, was enough for the visitors to win by five runs.
MCNAMARA HEADS BRABAZON ASSAULT
West of Ireland champion Rory McNamara heads a formidable cast of 11 Irishmen competing in the English Open stroke-play championship for the Brabazon Trophy which starts at Formby today.
The Headfort golfer has had a great 2013 thus far including top-10 finishes at both the Irish Amateur at The Royal Dublin and the Welsh Amateur Open Strokeplay at Royal Porthcawl last month.
He will be looking to continue his good form at the event, having just been named in the Irish teams for both the European Amateur Team Championship in Denmark next month, and the European Amateur Championship in August.
Ireland (Brabazon Trophy team) – R McNamara, J Hume, R O'Donovan, B Casey, D McElroy, H Diamond, G Hurley, C Selfridge, N Grant, F McKenna, G Lenehan
A scrambled last-second goal rescued the match and the series for Ireland in a 4-4 draw with Canada in Belfield.
A hat-trick from Karli Johansen had the visitors 4-2 ahead with 10 minutes left. Veteran Nikki Symmons pulled one back on her 201st appearance for her country and then Deirdre Duke struck for the equaliser at the death, leaving the three-match series against the Canadians tied 1-1.