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Cluskey, King seal progress

DAVIS CUP team-mates James Cluskey and Barry King both enjoyed victories in the Irish Open at the Fitzwilliam Club yesterday.

Swords man Cluskey came back from losing the first set to seal a 3-6 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (7/0) win over France's Simon Cauvard.

And King denied South Africa's No 6 seed Ruan Roelofse with a 6-2 4-6 6-3 success. He faces a second-round clash with Greystones' Ciaran Fitzgerald (18).

Limerick teenager Sam Barry beat Sweden's Stefan Borg 6-2 6-4.


FORMER Ireland star Eoin Morgan has revealed that he has ambitions to captain England.

The Dublin-born batsman, who is vice-captain of the Twenty20 team, has cemented his place in England's Test line-up since Paul Collingwood retired after the Ashes.

But the 24-year-old, who will bat at his regular No 6 spot in the first Test against India at Lord's tomorrow, says he has his eye on leading his adopted country at the highest level.

"If you asked anybody would they like to captain England in a Test match, one-day international or Twenty20, they would jump at the chance," he said.


MUNSTER beat Leinster, while Connacht and Ulster halved their match to leave things delicately poised after the opening day of the Senior Inter-provincial Championship at Co Sligo GC.

Connacht had led 2.5 to 1.5 after the morning foursomes thanks to a birdie on the 18th in the final match from Joe Lyons, who partnered Michael Durcan to a one-hole win over Nicky Grant and Wayne Telford. Ulster, though, had the better of the singles and the match finished at 5.5 to 5.5.

Munster, meanwhile, were a point ahead after the foursomes and Niall Gorey's victory in the first match of the afternoon against East of Ireland champion Richard O'Donovan paved the way for a 6.5 to 4.5 success.

Irish Independent