Tuesday 20 March 2018

Cricket: Mooney cuts down Knights

JOHN MOONEY took his fifth wicket of a one-sided RSA InterProvincial match to wrap up victory for Leinster Lightning by an innings and 13 runs against an outclassed Northern Knights at College Park.

With Ireland international James Shannon unable to bat with an injured back, Leinster needed only one wicket to win on the final day, but were frustrated first by rain before lunch and then by an improbable last-wicket partnership of 29.

Phil Eaglestone found gaps in the slip cordon to score two of his three boundaries and was threatening to make Leinster bat again when Zac Rushe skied Mooney to mid-on to end the innings on 228.

Dublin-born England batsman Eoin Morgan will undergo an operation on his broken right finger today.

Morgan has been attempting to play through the pain since suffering the injury during the Champions Trophy semi-final against South Africa on June 19.

A decision was made to have an operation, however, after he was hampered by the problem during Tuesday night's five-run defeat to New Zealand in the opening NatWest T20 international.

The fleet of 90 boats competing for the Covestone Asset Management Sovereigns Cup were treated to a second day of perfect conditions off the Old Head of Kinsale as the biennial event reached its halfway point.

A family battle is emerging in the 1720 Sportsboat class. Nicholas O'Leary has ousted his Olympian brother Peter from the lead, while their father Anthony is close to breaking into the top three.

The Route des Princes race around Europe arrived in Plymouth yesterday for the penultimate stop-over of the month-long series.

Sidney Gavignet, with co-skipper Damian Foxall, on Oman Air Musandam added a second leg victory of the three stages sailed in the MOD70 class.

Paul Brady's dream of an eighth US Nationals title in nine seasons is still alive after he demolished New Mexico veteran Dan Armijo 21-1 21-6 in their quarter-final in Des Moines, Iowa.

Meanwhile, rising Galway's Martin Mulkerrins recorded an impressive win over New Yorker Tyree Bastidas (21-10 21-15) to set up an All-Irish last-eight tie against No 2 seed Charly Shanks.

Diarmuid Nash easily saw off Cleveland's Jim Karner in his opener, with Mallow whizzkid Cathriona Casey still going strong in the Ladies Open.

Irish Independent

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport