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Broad, Swann lead England charge


Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann each claimed three wickets as England took charge of the second Test against Pakistan on day one in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

Broad (3-47) bowled both Younus Khan and Azhar Ali after lunch to leave the hosts struggling on 103-4.

A stand of 100 between Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq helped Pakistan recover before Swann (3-52) trapped Shafiq lbw. Broad then removed Adnan Akmal and Swann bowled Abdur Rehman to leave Pakistan 256-7, with Misbah 83 not out.

England would have taken a firmer grip on the game had James Anderson not dropped Misbah when the Pakistan captain was only on 30.

Ultimately, the efforts of Misbah and Shafiq (58) ensured that Pakistan did not entirely waste the opportunity to bat first on a flat wicket, albeit one that is already offering assistance to the spinners.


Gordon Elliott combined with fellow Co Meath native Jason Maguire to record a 9/1 double at Musselburgh yesterday.

Last month's Down Royal scorer Mae's Choice benefited from a canny front-running ride from the in-form Maguire, who steered the 4/5 favourite to a comfortable success in the opening mares' novice hurdle.

Maguire later employed identical tactics as he reaped a 14-length triumph aboard Oscar Hill (9/2) in the handicap chase.

Today, there is a handful of Irish-trained runners on duty at Newcastle and Kempton, while Ger Lyons and Joanna Morgan saddle one apiece at the Dubai racing carnival in Meydan.

Lyons has booked Ryan Moore for The Reaper in a six-furlong handicap (2.45), with Shane Foley doing the steering on Morgan's Moran Gra in the 10-furlong equivalent at 5.50.

schools rugby

Rice College from Westport, who last year became the first Mayo school to win a Connacht schools rugby title when they captured the Junior Cup, qualified for the semi-finals of the Senior Cup for the first time with a 5-0 victory over Clifden CS at Carrowholly.

The crucial score came 16 minutes in, when, after Rice College kept the ball in hand, centre Dwayne Corcoran broke from close range for what was to be the only score of the game.

Rice College were expected to pull away after the break, but the Connemara pack had other ideas, and most of the second half was played inside the home half as they came in search of an equaliser.

However, they were unable to find a way through and Rice College held on to book a home semi-final against favourites Marist College, Athlone.

Rice College -- E Geraghty; B Mullen, P Glavey, D Corcoran, B McDermott; L Staunton, D Carpenter; T Geraghty (R Ludden 68), K Coughlan (N McCarthy 51), C Groden; E Dunning, M O'Grady; D Moran, M Brady, S McCormack.

Clifden CS -- M Conneely (R O'Donnell 37); E Coyne, M Gavin, C Molloy, R Walsh; I Heanue, M Walsh; D Barry, M Curley, C Heneghan; J Joyce, N Staunton; S Mullen, J Shannon, P King.

REF -- D Eames (CBIRFU).

Irish Independent