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Leinster denied win by Warriors

CRICKET: NW Warriors escaped with a dramatic draw against Leinster Lightning in a thrilling encounter at College Park in their RSA Inter-Provincial Championship clash.

It looked as if a determined rearguard action would be in vain after they were dismissed for 153 to leave Leinster needing just 26 in four overs to claim the win.

However, inspired bowling from Johnny Thompson (2-6) and Peter Connell (2-15) restricted Lightning to 22 for 5 – just four short when stumps were pulled.

It could all have been so different as with four needed from the final two deliveries, Patrick Collins' pull shot found Romano Ramoo on the deep square leg boundary – a yard either side and they would have won.


TENNIS: Greg Rusedski expects Andy Murray to play in the French Open.

The world number two gave a pessimistic assessment of his back woes after pulling out of the Masters event in Rome on Wednesday, stating he would be "very surprised" if he made it to Paris. The Scot will have a scan today before sitting down with his team to decide whether or not to play.

Rusedski thinks the 26-year-old will be reluctant to miss such an important event. The former British number one said: "If there's a chance he can play I think he'll go for it."

Defending champion Rafa Nadal, meanwhile, recovered against Ernests Gulbis to book his place in the quarter-finals in Rome, winning 1-6 7-5 6-4.


CRICKET: England were unable to get out of first gear on a sluggish pitch at Lord's against New Zealand.

Jonathan Trott's top-score of just 39, out of 160 for four, and strike rates in the 20s for three of the top four meant England made mediocre progress after winning the toss on the first day of the first clash in the two-match series.


GOLF: Former champion Keegan Bradley shrugged off two bogeys around the turn to set a course record by firing a sizzling 10-under-par 60 in yesterday's opening round of the Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Texas.

Taking advantage of soft ground at the TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas, the 26-year-old American piled up 10 birdies and an eagle at the par-five seventh to grab an early three-shot lead.


GOLF: Scot Lloyd Saltman equalled his best 18 holes as a professional on the first day of the Madeira Islands Open. The 27-year-old Scot carded an eight-under-par 64 to take a two-shot lead from England's Richard Bland.

Saltman was four under through five and two further birdies meant he covered the first 11 holes in 39 strokes. But, hitting the wrong club at the 315-yard par-four 12th cost him his only bogey of the day. He did bounce back though with three birdies over the last six holes.