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Delaney stays on track at Q-School

IRELAND'S Tara Delaney breezed through the third-round cut at the Ladies European Tour Q-School at wind-tossed La Manga yesterday.

Delaney was tied 36th on six-over after her 74 on La Manga's South Course behind England's Jodi Ewart. The top 30 after tomorrow's fifth round will earn their Tour cards.

Mourne's Reeve Whitsun leads the Irish challenge after the first round of the Australian Open Amateur Championship in Melbourne.

Chasing places among the 64 qualifiers for the matchplay phase, Whitsun returned an opening four-over-par 76 over the Huntingdale course to share 30th spot.

Niall Gorey of Muskerry also played yesterday at Huntingdale and fired a 77 to share 46th place, while West Waterford's Gary Hurley carded a 78 and is in joint 63rd place.

Ballymena's Dermot McElroy had a disappointing day, taking 82 -- 10-over-par. All four Irishmen switch today to the Woodlands course in their quest for qualification.


ENGLAND endured a torrid first day of their Test series against Pakistan as they were bowled out for 192, with off-spinner Saeed Ajmal taking 7-55.

After winning the toss, England slumped to 43-5 in a pulsating opening, before Matt Prior (70) lessened the damage.

England could not cope with Ajmal's variations as five batsmen fell lbw and Eoin Morgan's 24 was the highest score of the top six.

Pakistan underlined their supremacy by cruising to 42-0 at the close. The ease with which openers Taufeeq Umar (18) and Mohammad Hafeez (22) dealt with England's attack rounded off a chastening day for Andrew Strauss' men.


WORLD champion John Higgins hailed the decision to move the Masters to Alexandra Palace as a "masterstroke" as he finally warmed to a tournament in which he has often struggled.

Despite having won the event twice before, the Scot has never consistently excelled in the first televised competition of the year, and last year made a first-round exit.

But Higgins got his campaign off to a winning start (6-2) against Matthew Stevens yesterday.

"I like the venue a lot better than Wembley Arena, which was pretty soulless," Higgins said.


The most iconic surname in motorsport will be back in a Williams Grand Prix car 18 years after Ayrton Senna died at the 1994 San Marino GP.

Bruno Senna, nephew of the three-time world champion, has beaten off competition for the second seat at the Grove-based team, in the process almost certainly ending the Formula One career of his friend and mentor Rubens Barrichello, and will line up alongside Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado this year.

Irish Independent