Thursday 14 November 2019

Boyle cousins rule the roost in Mayo

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Dunlop National Rally champions Declan and Brian Boyle got their title defence off to the best possible start by dominating the opening round of this year's series, the Hotel Ballina-Kevin Kennedy Motors Mayo Stages Rally.

The Donegal cousins in their Impreza finished more than two minutes ahead of Roy White and James O'Brien in their MG ZR.

Wicklow man Daniel Barry took the new R category, in fifth overall, with Monaghan's Josh Moffett topping the Group N Production section, one place behind.

Alan Sothern's solo goal saw Pembroke claim a vital win in Pool A of the men's Irish Hockey League as they saw off Lisnagarvey in Hillsborough.

Pembroke now share top spot in the group with Three Rock Rovers, who were indebted to a late penalty corner to see off Instonians. The Dublin sides are three points ahead of Cookstown – who beat Cork Harlequins – and 'Garvey.

The fancied sides also head up Pool B with Banbridge and Monkstown the only two sides with perfect records. Bann ran up a 4-1 win over UCD, while Monkstown beat Annadale 6-0.

Cork C of I landed their first win of the campaign with a 3-2 success at Whitechurch Park against Corinthian.

England faltered alarmingly to spin on the way to a 27-run defeat in the first Twenty20 international at Kensington Oval.

Samuel Badree's career-best three for 17 was the highlight of a collateral six for 46 in 10 overs from West Indies' spinners as England fell badly short.

Marlon Samuels hit an unbeaten 69 in the hosts' 170 for three, and for good measure then made his off-breaks count too in an England total of 143 for nine, which could give little encouragement about their ability to deal with some of the wall-to-wall spin sure to come their way in Bangladesh at the ICC World Twenty20.

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