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Bray calling it a day with Ireland

CRICKET: Irish World Cup star Jeremy Bray is set to announce his retirement from international cricket in the next 24 hours, having scored 2,812 runs for Ireland and a record-equalling seven centuries.

The Australian-born 36-year-old feels he can no longer keep up with the demands of the modern game, saying: "I'm not getting any younger, and it's hard to get up to the levels of fitness now required for international cricket."



Championship part of Great Ireland Run

ATHLETICS: The National 10km Championships have been incorporated into the Great Ireland Run by Athletics Ireland. The 10km road race traditionally took place two weeks after the Great Ireland Run -- a commercially run race that takes place in the Phoenix Park -- but now it will be run in conjunction with that race and is expected to attract 12,000 on April 18.



U19 rattle Afghans in World Cup warm-up

CRICKET: Ireland's U19 had a convincing win over Afghanistan in the first of two official warm-up matches before the U19 World Cup in New Zealand. The pacy Craig Young took 2-26 to help restrict the Afghans to 221-8 from their 50 overs. An unbeaten Andy Balbirnie century then saw Ireland home with seven wickets and five overs to spare.



BDO chief mulls over PDC's takeover offer

DARTS: British Darts Organisation chief Olly Croft says he is "working on" a takeover offer from rival organisation the Professional Darts Corporation. PDC head Barry Hearn had an offer of £1m plus a further £1m to invest in the game rejected by Croft in October. But Croft has now said: "My opinion is that it has no substance, but we are working on it."

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