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Saturday 19 April 2014

In Brief: Stirling on the money for Royals

PAUL STIRLING stamped his mark on the Bangladesh T20 Premier League, smashing 50 from 29 balls in his first innings for Sylhet Royals.

The Ireland opener showed his big-hitting quality with a six and eight fours before he was run out in only the ninth over. The Royals went on to score 175-7 and beat Barisal Burners by 33 runs in Mirpur.

Stirling, tipped to become one of the biggest T20 stars in the world, is one of three Irishmen in the BPL now that Niall O'Brien has joined brother Kevin at the Rangpur Riders.

Earlier in the day, Australia were shot out for 74 in Brisbane and lost to Sri Lanka by four wickets. None of the Australian top eight reached double figures – a first for the home side, who trail 2-1 in the five-match series.

BOXING

DONEGAL'S Willie McLaughlin and Belfast's Conrad Cummings claimed middleweight victories in Group B and A of the World Series of Boxing in Germany and Poland respectively.

McLaughlin, boxing for Italia Thunder versus the German Eagles, dominated en route to a unanimous decision (48-47 48-47 49-46) over Stefan Hartel.

The rangy German had no answer to McLaughlin's (Illies BC) four and five-punch combinations at the Ews Arena in Coppingen.

Cummings (Holy Trinity BC, Belfast) beat Mateusz Tryc of the Poland Huzzars on a unanimous decision (49-46 48-47 49-46) to record his first win for the Mexico Guerreros in Group A.

Illies BC were celebrating a double after John Cassidy claimed the one outstanding 48kg intermediate belt with a 17-6 win over Jonathan McCabe at Dublin's National Stadium.

SNOOKER

AN off-colour Judd Trump bowed out of the Betfair Masters at the quarter-final stage, losing 6-1 to Graeme Dott.

Trump missed several easy balls in an uncharacteristically poor performance.

The Bristol man has not looked himself since winning the International Championship in China last autumn – he was knocked out of the UK Championship in the first round – but it is hard to recall a poorer performance from him since he rose to prominence at the 2011 World Championship.

That it took Dott until the final frame to post a break of substance – a fine 111 – showed how the scrappy an affair it was.

Time and again Trump left routine balls in the jaws of the pocket. Often he missed by inches and berated himself as he walked back to his seat.

Until Dott's century, it was an attritional affair, with him taking a 2-0 lead, with his long potting the difference.

Trump got back to 2-1 despite a rash of misses in the third, but that would be his last success. Dott ran away with it after that, taking the fourth after Trump missed a simple red, swiping at the air as he did so.

A 54 from Dott took it to 5-1 and, with the game almost locked up, he produced his 100 to get over the line.

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