Sunday 23 July 2017

O'Rourke claims hurdles crown

Derval O'Rourke's 60m hurdles victory provided one of the highlights of yesterday's Woodies DIY Senior Indoor T&F Championships in the Odyssey Arena as she beat young Limerick star Sara Lavin (Emerald), who equalled O'Rourke's 1999 junior record (8.46) when taking silver.

There was heartbreak for North Down's sprint hurdler Ben Reynolds, whose winning time in the men's final (7.75) was just one hundredth of a second off qualifying for the World Indoors.

Elsewhere, Ciaran O'Lionaird ran a mile personal best of 3:54.08 when sixth in Arkansas and Joanne Cuddihy (KCH) won the 400m in the Perth Track Classic in 52.08.

One of O'Lionard's new US training partners, Matt Centrowitz, won the Wannamaker Mile in 3:53.92, where David McCarthy (Providence) was eighth in 3:57.86.

A DCU team (Joe Warne, Mark English, Brian Gregan and John Coghlan) finished second to Villanova (in 9:39.68) in the college distance medley relay at the Millrose Games, where Irish pole vaulter Tori Pena cleared 4.30m.

Tallaght's Anthony Lieghio won the 800m at the Tyson Invitational in a PB of 1:48.58.

CRICKET

GEORGE DOCKRELL and Albert van der Merwe grabbed five wickets each to give Ireland a slight advantage after an extraordinary first day of their InterContinental Cup clash with Kenya in Mombasa.

Ireland collapsed from a comfortable 43-1 to 75 all out either side of lunch before the Dublin spin duo turned the game back the way of the three-time champions by dismissing Kenya for 109.

Van der Merwe took a career-best 5-41 while 19-year-old Dockrell also recorded his finest figures for Ireland with a return of 5-37.

Opener Ed Joyce hit 51 not out to knock off the first-innings arrears and despite the loss of two late wickets, the visitors led by 47 with eight wickets in hand at the close and will fancy completing an outright victory later today.

TENNIS

IRELAND face a relegation dogfight against Egypt in April after Conor Niland slumped abysmally yesterday in the Davis Cup clash against Hungary in Szeged.

After James McGee and Sam Barry lost 7-6 6-7 6-2 7-6 to Attila Balazs and Adam Kellner in Saturday's doubles, the Hungarians moved into a 2-1 lead in the five-match tie, meaning the Irish had to win both of yesterday's two reverse singles contests to avoid having to travel to Cairo in two months' time.

But the visitors' hopes of clinching a second-round tie against Latvia were blown out of the water when Irish No 1 Niland, believed to be carrying a hip injury, crashed to a humiliating 6-1 6-2 6-1 defeat by Balazs -- 138 places below him in the world rankings.

In the dead rubber, Ireland received a measure of consolation when Davis Cup debutant Barry overcame 2010 Wimbledon U-18 boys champion Marton Fucsovics, who had beaten Niland on Friday, 4-6 6-3 6-2.

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