Thursday 21 September 2017

Hockey: Railway end trophy famine

Railway Union ended a 31-year trophy drought as they captured Neville Cup with a 3-1 win over UCD yesterday.

Paul Delaney, the Leinster Cup-winning captain of 1980, was among the crowd at Serpentine Avenue to cheer the class of 2011.

UCD, a club that has never won senior silverware, were chasing the game from the eighth minute when Fiachra Maher bundled home skipper Kenny Carroll's pass.

The Students went further into arrears when Rob Abbott put a scoring touch on Richie Forrest's immaculate delivery.

UCD pulled one back on 50 minutes through Nick Burns, from a penalty awarded after a goal-bound David Watkins shot hit a defender's body on the line.

However, Railway were back on track once more shortly afterwards when Karl Chapple found a way past Rob Fitzgerald from a narrow angle.

SAILING

Team TelefOnica and Camper are engaged in a close-quarters battle for the lead in the Volvo Ocean Race as they approach the finish of the first stage of the second leg from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi.

For almost a day, the two teams, who lie in first and second overall, have at times been within shouting distance of each other as they head for a likely photo-finish at a secret safe haven port -- due to concerns over piracy -- in the Indian Ocean.

With 24 points on offer for first place and 20 for second, whoever gets there first will top the leaderboard ahead of the leg's second stage into Abu Dhabi.

After exiting the Doldrums in second place, Telefonica inexorably ground down Camper's lead, closing to within two nautical miles on Christmas Day. Since then the contest has got even closer, with the pair trading the lead several times yesterday.

CRICKET

Thilan Samaraweera and debutant Dinesh Chandimal both scored half-centuries to lead a Sri Lanka recovery in the second Test against South Africa in Durban.

Sri Lanka had slumped to 162-5, but middle-order pair Samaraweera (86 not out) and Chandimal (58) shared in a century stand to help them close day one in a much healthier position on 289-7.

Earlier, Sri Lanka veteran Mahela Jayawardene became the ninth batsman to reach 10,000 Test runs while Marchant de Lange enjoyed a dream first appearance for South Africa with four wickets, including that of Thisara Perera from the final delivery of the day.

Meanwhile, Australia finished on 277-6 at the end of a controversial first day of their Test match against India in Melbourne.

India refused to condone the use of the decision review system (DRS) and that appeared to have implications, with the dismissals of Michael Hussey (nought) and debutant Ed Cowan (68) both questionable.

The visitors' refusal could also have repercussions for Hussey, who is battling to save his Test career and must now try to ease the pressure with an impressive second innings.

The two dismissals took place in a devastating 19-ball period which saw the hosts lose three wickets for nine runs after they were cruising at 205-3.

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