Friday 28 November 2014

In brief: Evans creates history at home

Published 10/12/2012 | 05:00

SCOTT EVANS achieved a landmark in his career when he captured his first men's singles title in the Irish Open.

As the top seed, all the pressure was on the 25-year-old Dubliner, but he rose to the challenge in style by seeing off the challenge of French qualifier Lucas Corvee 21-19 21-18 after 37 minutes in the final at the Baldoyle Badminton Centre.

To make the win even sweeter for the Copenhagen-based right-hander, who overcame unseeded French opponent Lucas Claerbout 21-17 21-18 in the semi-finals on Saturday, his victory marked the first men's singles success by a home player since Colin Bell came up trumps in 1973.

Evans' fellow national No 1 Chloe Magee failed to make it an Irish double when she fell short in the women's singles final, beaten by Denmark's Line Kjaersfeldt 23-21 18-21 21-18.

HOCKEY

Ballymoney became the first side into the last four of the women's Irish Senior Cup as they beat Corinthians 2-1 at Whitechurch.

But the competition remained stalled elsewhere, with one tie in the round of 16 yet to be decided.

With frost forecast, the already overdue Catholic Institute v Pegasus fixture scheduled for Rosbrien was once more postponed.

Ballymoney, cup winners in 2001 and twice beaten finalists since, looked to be cruising towards an easy victory when they scored twice in the opening 25 minutes.

Corinthians pulled one back to make things interesting, but Ballymoney saw it out.

Meanwhile, Shane O'Donoghue made an impressive return to club action with UCD after his recent efforts with Ireland's men at the Champions Challenge in Buenos Aires.

CRICKET

England wrapped up a seven-wicket victory on the fifth day of the third Test to take a 2-1 lead and move towards a first series win in India since 1985.

James Anderson bowled last man Pragyan Ojha with the 10th ball of the day, dismissing India for 247 in Kolkata.

Chasing 41, England lost Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen to slip to 8-3, but they were taken home by Nick Compton and Ian Bell.

BASKETBALL

Neptune's Matie Rudak rode to the rescue for his side after thjey endured an early onslaught.

The 17-year-old scored 13 points in Neptune's 85-79 victory over Dublin Inter in the Nivea for Men's SuperLeague.

Neptune led by three points entering the fourth quarter before stepping on the gas and winning 85-79 on a day when their regular top performer Ian McLoughlin was not at his best.

In Limerick, defending champions UL Eagles also overcame a bright start from the visitors, eventually beating Killester of Dublin 94-74.

The main talking point before DCU Saints' 81-72 defeat to UCC Demons was the Saints' midweek addition, 6'11" Irish senior Conor Grace.

Demons made things hard for themselves as their failure to convert crucial free throws – eight straight in the dying minutes – almost cost them dear, but they still had too much in the tank and took the win.

Equestrian

Denis Lynch has moved up to 11th place on the Rolex FEI World Cup leaderboard after finishing eighth in the latest qualifying leg in Geneva, Switzerland.

Riding Abbervail van het Dingeshof, the German-based Tipperary man was one of just eight to find the key to Rolf Ludi's tough first-round course.

Lynch also steered his new ride, the 10-year-old Dutch gelding Vedor, to victory in the Accumulator and into sixth in the Six-Bar competition.

In Salzburg, Austria, Shane Breen won Thursday's the Speed event with Ominerale Courcelle and followed that up with third on Saturday aboard Balloon.

Wexford rider Bertram Allen was runner-up with Molly Malone in Thursday's Euro Youngster Cup qualifier but went out of contention in yesterday's final with a single mistake in the opening round.

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