Sunday 30 April 2017

Rain halts Niland Wimbledon bid

TENNIS

CONOR NILAND had to suffer the frustration of having his Wimbledon final qualifying round match postponed yesterday because of rain. It has been rescheduled for today.

A succession of heavy showers in London meant that only three of the 31 matches scheduled for the Roehampton club were completed by the time the organisers decided to call a premature halt to proceedings just before 7.0.

Elsewhere, a final-set collapse led to James McGee crashing out in the second round of the ATP Challenger Tour event in Milan, where the 24-year-old was beaten 6-2 6-7 6-2 by Monaco's Benjamin Balleret.

Amy Bowtell and Julia Moriarty both advanced to the second round in the ITF event near Lisbon.

GOLF

Paul Cutler's dream of becoming the first Irishman since Brian McElhinney six years ago to win the British Amateur Championship was shattered at Hillside yesterday when he was beaten 2&1 by Austrian Philipp Fendt in the third round.

Having had six birdies on Wednesday, the 22-year-old Walker Cup hopeful was found wanting on the greens as he struggled from the start -- he was three down after eight.

Tom Lewis continued his bid to join a select band of players to win the amateur title after taking the boys crown as he swept into the quarter-finals with a 6&4 trouncing of fellow Englishman Andrew Sullivan.

BOXING

WESTPORT light-welterweight Ray Moylette, the 2008 AIBA World Youth champion, will open Ireland's European Championships campaign against Israel's Subhin Amara in Ankara, Turkey, this afternoon.

AIBA World youth champion Joe Ward has received a bye into the last-16 -- he will face Estonian light-heavyweight Ainar Karlson on Monday.



CRICKET

England's pacemen excelled on a rain-disrupted first day to reduce Sri Lanka to 81-4 in the third and final Test in Southampton.

James Anderson took 2-24 and Chris Tremlett 2-17 as a combination of probing fast bowling and undisciplined batting allowed the hosts to take control.

Sri Lanka battled their way to 23 before debutant Lahiru Thirimanne departed for 10. That led to a collapse as the tourists crashed to 29-3 and 39-4.



RUGBY

THIS year's Heineken Cup finalists will meet again in August after Leinster announced their pre-season friendlies yesterday.

Northampton will visit Donnybrook on August 26 and Danny Cipriani's Melbourne Rebels will provide the opposition a week earlier on August 19.

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