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Cricket: Ireland close in on play-off spot

Published 18/11/2011 | 05:00

Ireland's women enjoyed their third World Cup qualifying match in Bangladesh, as they eased to a 255-run win against Japan.

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Ireland scored 311-9 against the weakest team in the competition, with Cecilia Joyce top-scoring with 64.

It was always going to be enough against a Japanese side that was bowled out for 38 in the previous match, by Bangladesh, and Eimear Richardson -- who hit 57 from 45 balls -- completed a fine performance by taking five wickets for four runs in 8.3 overs.

Victory today against Bangladesh will almost certainly give Ireland a play-off game next Tuesday and keep alive their hopes of reaching the finals in India in 2013.

Rugby

UCD are out for revenge tonight as they take on Trinity in the 60th annual Colours match at Donnybrook Stadium (6.30), WRITES Ruaidhri O'Connor.

The city centre university stole their old rivals' thunder on the last day of last season, denying UCD the Division Two title and ruining their unbeaten league season with victory.

That made it two in a row for Trinity, who will be hoping for a hat-trick of victories this season against the Division 1B team.

Verdict: UCD

DUBLIN UNIVERSITY -- J O'Donoghue (Terenure); N Hanratty (Gonzaga), C Wade (Clongowes), P Lavelle (Gonzaga), N Adeolukan (DLS, Churchtown); D Joyce (capt, Cistercian, Roscrea), I Hirst (Clongowes); I Hirst (King's Hospital), W Larkin (Clongowes), P McFeely (Foyle and Londonderry); C McDonnell (CPC Kilcullen), J Kelly (Blackrock College); C Goode (Villiers College), D Gallagher Lisburn Grammar), J Dilger (Clongowes). Reps: E Robles (King's Hospital), R Creuss Callaghan (St Michael's), B Glynn (Clongowes), E Tate (Blackrock), T O'Mahony (Clongowes), J Mackey (Blackrock College).

UCD -- M Twomey (St Michael's); S Coghlan-Murray (Newbridge College), A Cummiskey (capt, St Michael's), D Lynch (CBS Naas), T Fletcher (Clongowes); N Earls (DLS, Wicklow), R Shanley (S Michael's); K Moloney (Terenure), R Byrne (Terenure), B Hall (Cistercian, Roscrea); B Cawley (Blackrock), K McKenna (St Michael's); D Kenny (East Glendalough), M McGroarty (Gonzaga), S Grannell (CBC Monkstown). Reps: J Tracey (Newbridge), N Foley (Blackrock), R Bent (St Mary's), A O'Connor (Skerries CC), P Du Toit (King's Hospital), A Kelly (St Michael's).

REF -- B MacNeice.

Tennis

Venus Williams plans to make her comeback in an exhibition match against her sister Serena in Medellin, Colombia next Wednesday after being forced to pull out of the US Open because of an immune system disease.

Venus said yesterday that that she has changed her diet to fill it with vegetables after being diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome, which can cause fatigue and joint pain.

"I did a lot of medical therapy and a serious evaluation of my diet to understand which foods help control the symptoms better," Williams said.

Boxing

The 2011 National Intermediate Championships begin at the National Stadium in Dublin this evening.

The championships, the last major tournament of the IABA's centenary year, will be run over the next three weekends. The finals will be held on Friday, December 2.

Over 170 boxers have registered to compete at the 2011 championships.

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