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Hockey: Clontarf close in on play-offs

Published 05/01/2012 | 05:00

OUT of sorts when out of doors, Clontarf are poised to reach the play-offs of the national indoor hockey championships, WRITES DAVID MEDCALF.

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The northsiders have failed to chalk up a win from nine games played so far in the Leinster league air this term.

But they have moved under cover to good effect while the league takes a break, with the action switching to the boards.

Last day out, 'Tarf enjoyed a tonic win over YMCA. That result means that, however they fare against Railway Union on Saturday morning in Loughlinstown, they are odds-on to reach the knockout phase.

CRICKET

AUSTRALIA captain Michael Clarke hit a career-best 251 not out and predecessor Ricky Ponting ended a two-year century drought to lift their team to a 291-run first-innings lead over India in the second Test.

Ponting made 134 after earlier scampering a single for his first century in 34 Test innings.

Clarke and Ponting, who resumed with the total at 116-3, shared a record 288-run partnership to help Australia rack up 482-4 in reply to India's 191 as the home team seek a 2-0 lead in the best-of-four contest.

Meanwhile, Jacques Kallis made a career-best 224 to help leave South Africa in a strong position at the close of day two in the decisive third Test against Sri Lanka.

TENNIS

IRISH giant-killer Sinead Lohan will today have to overcome a player holding a slightly higher ranking to build on her shock win over the top seed in the ITF U-18 Circuit event in Pontevedra.

Yesterday, she sent Russia's 167-ranked Ksenija Sharifova packing on a 6-4 7-5 scoreline in the first round of the Grade 3 outdoor hardcourt tournament in Spain.

And now the 280-ranked Tramore native (16) takes on Spain's 275-ranked Andrea Lazaro Garcia, with a place in the last eight at stake.

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