In brief: Kenneally opts out of Irish team
LINDA BYRNE (DSD) and John Travers (Donore Harriers) will be Ireland's only representatives at the World Cross Country Championships in Poland on March 28, WRITES CLIONA FOLEY.
The pair won senior and junior titles respectively at the national inter-club championships, but men's senior champion Mark Kenneally has declined a place on the team to concentrate his preparations for the summer's European track championships.
Travers, coached by former international John Downes, has just completed an extraordinary week -- he followed up his national junior title by winning the Irish Schools title last weekend, despite running both races with a dislocated shoulder.
AN early second-half try from Michael Halpin paved the way for Newpark Comprehensive to claim the Leinster Schools Senior Section 'A' league title with a 19-13 defeat of Wilson's Hospital yesterday.
The sides had drawn 8-8 in their previous encounter, but Newpart held Wilson's at bay after Halpin touched down under the posts following good work from Evan Thornley. Wilson's hit a purple patch midway through the opening half when a well-worked try from Andy Douglas put them 10-5 ahead.
However, they failed to capitalise on some good possession and Blackrock-based Newpark gained the initiative thereafter with two penalties from James Kelly pushing them 11-10 ahead at the interval, before Halpin's try after the re-start put them in the driving seat.
England's hopes of a four-day finish in the first Test against Bangladesh were dashed by a gutsy sixth-wicket stand but the result remained in little doubt.
Having set their opponents a mammoth 513-run chase, England had them five down at tea and sensed an early finish to proceedings.
But Junaid Siddique, who faced 199 balls for his unbeaten 68, and Mushfiqur Rahim (47 not out) held firm as the tourists toiled for two luckless hours without success in the evening session.
Bangladesh reached the close on 191 for five on a pitch that now looks entirely placid, though England will know the tail is in sight, with the new ball due early in the morning.
Earlier, Ian Bell made 39 not out and Graeme Swann a breezy 32 as England declared on 209-7.
David McCann's overall lead in the Tour de Taiwan was never under pressure on the second stage of the race which went from Chiayi City to Hsingang Fongtian Temple yesterday.
McCann maintains his 11 seconds advantage on his closest challengers. The Belfast rider finished the stage in 23rd place behind stage winner, Miyataka Shimizu (Bridgestone Anchor).