Wednesday 20 September 2017

Sorensen stand fires up Lightning

Max Sorensen
Max Sorensen

Cricket - MAX SORENSEN and Fin McAllister shared a last-wicket stand of 93 at Bready to give Leinster Lightning the upper hand over North-West Warriors on day two of the InterPro Championship match in Tyrone.

After Eddie Richardson had polished off the home side for 176 before lunch, Craig Young found pace and a bit of movement to grab five wickets and reduce the visitors to 127-9 – only to watch Sorensen and McAllister mount their stirring recovery.

Young spent the winter working with Aussie pace legend Craig McDerrmott in Queensland and the fruits of his labours were clear to see as he ripped through the Lightning top order, hitting the stumps three times. Young looks the natural heir to Boyd Rankin in Ireland's squad for the World Cup.

When Sorensen was finally caught for 42 – leaving McAllister 48 not out – the visitors had 220 on the board.

John Mooney took two wickets in four balls, then bowled in-form David Barr and had Tabish Khan caught at third slip in a spell of 4-8 as the Warriors fell apart in the final hour.

The last word was left to the batting heroes, though, as McAllister dived down the leg-side to poach a chance off Sorensen and send the home side to bed on 20-5, still trailing by 24 runs with one day to play.

Hockey

The chances of Ireland's women securing a place at the 2016 Olympics has been boosted with confirmation that Dublin will host a major tournament next March.

The eight-team World League event at Belfield is part of qualification for the Games. However, the men's road to Rio requires a trip across the Atlantic as their World League venue is in Pennsylvania.

Both sides went close to qualification for London in 2012. With the Olympics in mind, the IHA has announced an extensive summer programme of internationals.

The ladies travel to Italy at the end of next month while the highlight of the men's schedule will be the Investec Cup in London in July.

Tennis

JAMES McGEE will have to overcome Argentina's Guido Pella to clinch a final-round place in the French Open qualifying. Pella booked his place in the second round by beating Belgium's Germain Gigounon 7-5 4-6 6-4.

After McGee's 6-2 2-6 6-4 victory over Slovakia's Norbert Gombos on Tuesday, the Irish No 1 will have to make light of a 125-place world rankings deficit to make further progress in the Roland Garros event.

Irish Independent

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