Monday 24 July 2017

Singh smashes century on night of inter-pro records

 

More than a billion viewers are expected to tune into the action at The Oval tomorrow to see whether India retain their title or unheralded Pakistan can sneak the silverware. Photo: Getty Images\Stock Image
More than a billion viewers are expected to tune into the action at The Oval tomorrow to see whether India retain their title or unheralded Pakistan can sneak the silverware. Photo: Getty Images\Stock Image

David Townsend

Simi Singh hit the second century in five years of Inter-Pro T20 matches as Leinster Lightning stormed to a 59-run victory over Munster Reds in the inaugural Hanley Energy Trophy clash between the sides at Anglesea Road.

Singh, who made his Ireland debut last month, smashed 10 fours and six maximums in his 109 from 53 balls, falling one short of John Mooney's competition record of 110. Singh added a record 128-run partnership with Max Sorensen as Lightning amassed a record 247-4.

All-rounder Sorensen finished just two short of his century on 98 not out before helping to restrict the visitors to 188-9 in reply.

On a night of records, Craig Young took 5-15 to equal Tyrone Kane's best bowling as North-west Warriors beat the Northern Knights by three wickets at Strabane.

Meanwhile, Pakistan are out to change the course of cricket history by shocking their great rivals India in a Champions Trophy final which they believe is "bigger than the Ashes".

More than a billion viewers are expected to tune into the action at The Oval tomorrow to see whether India retain their title or unheralded Pakistan can sneak the silverware, having begun the tournament as apparent also-rans ranked No 8 in the world.

Their bowling coach Azhar Mahmood has great belief in a Pakistan team who knocked England out of their own tournament in the semi-finals.

"We've got nothing to lose - the pressure is more on them," he said. "Everyone is talking about India, India. But we have come to win."

India have beaten Pakistan in all three meetings to date in the knockout stages of ICC tournaments.

Irish Independent

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