Saturday 19 August 2017

In brief: Ireland seek Joyce switch

Cricket

Irish cricket bosses are hoping that Bray batsman Ed Joyce may receive special dispensation to play for Ireland in next February's World Cup.

Joyce switched allegiance to England in 2005 and played for them in the 2007 World Cup. By ICC rules he should be unable to switch back to the country of his birth until April 2011.

Joyce has fallen down the pecking order with England and he is now eager to renew his international career.

"We hope we will get permission from the ICC as Ed holds an Irish passport," said a Cricket Ireland spokesperson. "It's no secret that Ed could play for us if he isn't playing for England."

Cycling

Australia's Richie Porte left previous leader Alexandre Vinokourov trailing in his wake as he snatched the lead in the Giro d'Italia yesterday after riders were again drenched.

In a rain-soaked 262-km 11th stage a large group broke away early on and Astana's Vinokourov was stuck way down the field as new pink jersey holder Porte took up a position towards the front.

The unheralded Saxobank rider, who had been sixth overall, suddenly has a one minute 42 second race lead over Spain's David Arroyo of Caisse D'Epargne.

Ireland's Daniel Martin was also involved in the main break of the day, which featured over 50 riders. Although he finished over two minutes down on Petrov, their significant gains sees him jump up to 62 in the GC.

Athletics

Jamaican triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt opened his 100 metres season with the year's fastest time, clocking 9.86 seconds in Daegu, South Korea yesterday.

At the site of next year's IAAF world championships Bolt overcame a slow start to easily defeat compatriot Michael Frater. His time was 0.28 seconds off his world record of 9.58. Bolt will run 200 metres in the Shanghai Diamond League meeting on Sunday.

Irish Independent

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