In brief: England deal for Morgan
DUBLINER Eoin Morgan has been awarded an incremental England contract for 2009-10, a day after his unbeaten match-winning century in Bangladesh.
The 23-year-old qualifies for the deal having played six one-days and four Twenty20 games for England this season.
The deal means he will receive a one-off payment from the ECB, on top of his match fees and salary from his county side Middlesex. The payment amounts to a "small five-figure sum", according to an ECB spokesman.
Meanwhile, Ireland bowler Boyd Rankin is recovering well from his foot injury, and expects to be available to play a full part in the ICC World Twenty20 next month.
The MacRory Cup final on St Patrick's Day will be between Omagh CBS and St Colman's, Newry after the Tyrone side accounted for St Mary's, Magherafelt by 0-18 to 0-8 in the second semi-final at Celtic Park last night.
Omagh CBS were always in control and they led 0-8 to 0-4 at the break with Conan Grugan, Conor Clarke and Sean Warnock among their point scorers. Aaron Devlin was on the mark with three frees for the Derry lads.
Any hopes that Magherafelt harboured disappeared in the second half when Conor McCann was sent off for a second yellow card offence and later when David McGuckin was also dismissed.
SCORERS -- Omagh: C Grugan 0-6, R O'Neill 0-4, C McCullagh, C McRory 0-2 each, N Sludden, S Warnock, J McCullagh, C Clarke 0-1 each. Magherafelt: A Devlin 0-5, C McCann, A McKeown, N Doyle 0-1.
IRELAND'S Sam Barry yesterday crashed to a shock first-round defeat in the ITF U-18 Circuit event in Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg.
Barry was the No 2 seed for the Grade 2 indoor tournament, but he came up short against France's Gregoire Barrere on a 6-3 6-7 (5/7) 3-6 scoreline.
The Limerick right-hander bids for some consolation today when he partners Tunisian Slim Hamza in the first round of the boys' doubles.
On the ITF Men's Circuit, Ireland's Barry Fagan defeated Portugal's Joao Monteiro 6-3 6-4 in the first round of qualifying in Faro, Portugal. However, he then succumbed 2-6 4-6 to No 7 seed, Romania's Adrian Cruciat, in the second round.
Former Crucible champion John Parrott fell at the first hurdle in qualifying for next month's World Champion-ship yesterday when Chinese 18-year-old Anda Zhang reeled off five straight frames to win 10-6.
Ken Doherty opens his bid to qualify today.