In Brief: Walsh turns the tide for Neptune
Published 12/01/2013 | 05:00
NEPTUNE overcame arch-rivals UCC Demons 76-71 before a capacity crowd in their own stadium to book a place in the final of the Men's Superleague Cup.
Gary Walsh played a decisive role in the victory, with his back-to-back three pointers six minutes from the end of the third quarter turning the tide in Neptune's favour.
Demons scored 10 unanswered points before Neptune got going. By half-time Neptune trailed by just one point (43-42). Walsh's star turn gave Neptune the lead for the first time and they held firm.
Neptune will play UL Eagles in the final after a scintillating fourth quarter by the Limerick university saw them beat UCD Marian 58-50.
Trailing 41-37 going into the final quarter, Eagles outscored their opponents 21-10 in the last period, Neil Campbell's effort with 4mins 20secs remaining bringing them level at 50-50.
Campbell gave the Eagles the lead with just over 90 seconds remaining and further scores from Robert Taylor and Scott Kinevane sealed the victory and booked their spot in the final.
England started life under Ashley Giles with a first one-day win in India since 2006, edging a thrilling series opener in Rajkot by nine runs.
New limited-overs coach Giles saw his side end a run of 13 matches without a win in the country in some style, posting a formidable 325-4 and then showing the nerve to withstand a bold chase that eventually subsided to 316-9.
England's batsmen set up victory, with Alastair Cook (75) and Ian Bell (85) putting on 158 – England's highest opening stand in India.
James Tredwell was the pick of the attack with career-best figures of 4-44, while Jade Dernbach struck twice in the 45th over to stem a Mahendra Singh Dhoni-inspired fightback.