Thursday 22 February 2018

Anderson hits Windies for six

CRICKET: England's batsmen crumbled on the second evening in Barbados with the tourists slipping to 39 for five as a record 18 wickets fell to leave the tourists with a fragile lead in the third Test.

At stumps, and with the hosts circling, England were fighting for their lives but nursing a 107-run advantage that could yet prove decisive.

James Anderson's remarkable tour of the West Indies continued though as he claimed six wickets to deliver England a first-innings lead of 68.

Having become the country's leading Test wicket-taker in Antigua and inspired victory on day five in Grenada, Anderson claimed a fine six for 42 in Barbados to skittle the hosts for 189.

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SNOOKER: Shaun Murphy powered through to the Betfred World Championship final and will now vie for a second title after seeing off Barry Hawkins.

Armed with an overnight lead of 16-8, putting him one away from victory, Murphy had a short wait for a match-winning chance. It came in the second frame when Hawkins missed an early black, after which Murphy fired in 83, clearing the table to seal a 17-9 win.

Murphy will meet Stuart Bingham in the final after he came through a titanic struggle in the late semi with Judd Trump, winning the final frame 62-6.

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CAMOGIE: Beth Carton maintained her high-scoring form with two second-half goals to propel Waterford to a second Irish League Division Two title as they beat Laois 3-10 to 2-5 in Carlow.

Waterford led 0-5 to 1-1 at the interval - after playing with a strong wind - and they had the perfect start to the second half with a Carton goal after just two minutes.

However, when the inspirational Sarah Ann Fitzgerald found the net at the other end three minutes later, the sense was that momentum and the wind would help Laois win their first Division Two title.

Crucially, though, Carton pounced again in the 41st minute. And, when Niamh Rockett scored a third Waterford goal, it put some daylight between the teams.

Laois poured forward in a bid to cut back the deficit, but Waterford held out.

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TENNIS: Ireland's Sam Barry yesterday claimed his second doubles title on the ITF Futures circuit in the space of just a week.

Competing in the outdoor hardcourt event in Ashkelon, Israel, the Limerick man teamed up with Russia's Evgeny Karlovskiy for a 6-2 5-7 12-10 win over France's Hugo Grenier and Switzerland's Simeon Rossier.

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GOLF: Top seed Rory McIlroy cruised into the last eight of the WGC-Cadillac Match Play as Danny Willett and Tommy Fleetwood set up an all-English quarter-final in San Francisco.

McIlroy thrashed Japan's Hideki Matsuyama 6&5 in the last 16 at Harding Park and was scheduled to meet England's Paul Casey in the last quarter-final last night..

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SHOWJUMPING: Wexford's Bertram Allen took fifth and Offaly's Darragh Kenny claimed sixth place in a nail-biting Grand Prix finish at the 2015 Global Champions Tour in Madrid last night.

Allen on Romanov and Kenny with Sans Souci Z had four faults apiece, but fast times guaranteed them slots in the top 18 going through to the second round. Teenager Allen, and Kenny, produced textbook clear rounds on their second attempts and soared up the leaderboard.

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