Thursday 22 February 2018

Dougherty hits out for Knights


CHRIS DOUGHERTY batted for six-and-a-half hours at College Park to help save the Northern Knights from an two-day defeat as Leinster Lightning closed on an innings victory in the InterProvincial Series.

The Ireland 'A' opener made 60 not out and carried his bat when the Knights were dismissed for 123 after lunch and continued to defy the home side with a stubborn 69.

Leinster's attack chipped away at the other end with John Mooney taking two wickets in two balls early in the day.

Dougherty eventually fell to a low catch at mid-wicket off Richardson but he had done enough to delay the inevitable.

The visitors reached stumps on 204-8, needing 37 more to make Leinster bat again.

Ballymena's Dermot McElroy and Headfort's Brian Casey lead the Irish charge after the opening day of the English open stroke play championship for the Brabazon Trophy at Formby.

Both golfers shot one-under-par 71 to be just one off the lead held by Englishman Nick Marsh, the Huddersfield player who reached the quarter-finals of the Amateur Championship last week on a day when low scores were at a premium.

A two-under closing nine ensured Lucan's Richard O'Donovan remains in the hunt. Further back is Naas' Jack Hume, who carded a two-over 74.

Belvoir's Harry Diamond finished three-over with Portmarnock player Geoff Lenehan a further shot back.

TOP seeds Colin O'Brien and Jenny Claffey made short work of their respective opponents in the Irish Close Championships, at Donnybrook LTC.

Stephen Martin was hoping to make a favourable impression in his joust against O'Brien. But from an early stage of the contest the Bray lad found himself outgunned by the Malahide left-hander who cantered to a 6-1 6-0 win.

And in the women's singles, Elm Park's Claffey dropped only one more game than O'Brien, fending off the challenge of Ballymena's Kerry Russell on a 6-1 6-1 margin.

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was formally charged with murder, more than a week after a body was found near his home.

Less than two hours after his arrest, the Patriots announced they were releasing Hernandez.

Irish Independent

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