Thursday 18 January 2018

Evans leads way in 1-2-3 for Imprezas

Former Dunlop National Rally champion Melvyn Evans dominated the ALMC City North Hotel Stages Rally -- the only Irish round of the British REIS Get Connected Asphalt Championship -- leading from start to finish to win by almost one and a half minutes from James Belton.

The Welshman led a 1-2-3 result for Subaru Imprezas, with Steve Simpson in third place, although English visitor Damian Cole looked like repeating his second place of last year until he dropped to fourth on the final stage in his Ford Focus.

TENNIS

IRELAND'S James Cluskey will have to focus on the doubles event after exiting in the singles qualifying round on the Italian ATP Challenger Tour circuit.

On Saturday, the 25-year-old Dubliner coasted to a 6-2 6-1 win over Italy's Ludovico Cardinali in the qualifying first round but yesterday Cluskey came up short in the second round, tumbling to a 6-3 6-4 defeat by the top seed, Italy's Lorenzo Giustino, in an hour and three minutes.

The Irish Davis Cup player has a rest day today, but tomorrow he and France's Fabrice Martin take on Italian pair Marco Cecchinato and Stefano Galvani in the first round of the doubles competition.

CRICKET

DONEMANA will take on Merrion and Waringstown will face The Hills in next month's Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup semi-finals after yesterday's reserve day.

Railway Union were hoping to become the second Dublin side into the draw but they came up short as Ireland U-19 World Cup squad members Ryan Hunter and Andy McBrine starred as Donemana posted 348 for nine in 50 overs.

Waringstown were too strong for North County, who posted 252 all-out at Balrothery. South African Glen Addicott was 94 not-out for three wickets, with two overs to spare. The Hills overcame YMCA in a thriller at Milverton, going through on fewer wickets lost, after Cormac McLoughlin made 18 not-out to level the scores at 157 for seven at the end of their 50 overs.

SNOOKER

BARRY HAWKINS overcame fellow Englishman Peter Ebdon 9-3 to claim his first ranking title at the Australian Open.

The World No 23 dominated the final with consecutive 106 and 114 breaks establishing a 4-1 lead. Ebdon came back to make the match 5-3, but Hawkins claimed the final four frames without reply to seal his maiden victory.

Irish Independent

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