Monday 23 October 2017

Cricket: Qualification period for players born overseas extended for England

The qualification period for cricketers born overseas to play for England has been extended from four years to seven, which could have a bearing on the Irish team.

The new regulation is to apply to all male cricketers who begin residence in England after their 18th birthday. For those who start to live in the country before they are 18, the period of qualification will be four years.

The amendment cannot be applied retrospectively and contains a caveat for discretion to reduce the residence period to four years for prospective players who either hail originally from a country which is a non-International Cricket Council full member, or who arrived in England before April 25.

Boxing

IRISH head coach Billy Walsh says that consistency of performance will be the key for Katie Taylor and the Irish women's team at the AIBA World Championships and Olympic qualifiers in China.

Taylor, the current World lightweight champion, Cavan BC flyweight Ceire Smith and Drimnagh BC middleweight Sinead Kavanagh have been named in a three-strong Ireland squad for Asia.

The seventh AIBA World Women's Championships, which will also act as the only Olympic qualifier for female boxers, officially begin at the Olympic Stadium in Qinhuangdao on May 9.

The Irish squad depart on Thursday for the tournament which will yield places for London 2012 in the three Olympic weight classes for women of flyweight, lightweight and middleweight.

Golf

GLENLOLA Collegiate from Bangor and Loreto College Clonmel won the Irish Schools Senior and Junior Cup respectively when the finals of the Irish Schools championships were played at Milltown GC yesterday.

Jean O'Driscoll fired the best score of the day with 30 points to win the Mary Nowlan Cup, while Niamh Cronin won the best nett with 35 points.

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