Tuesday 21 November 2017

In brief: Clarke parts ways with caddie Boddy

Golf

DARREN CLARKE will have a new caddie in Malaga this week. Englishman Mike Boddy's three-month stint came to an end on Sunday night in Rabat and Clarke has turned to Gordon Faulkner, who has worked with him for a long time at his home club, Greenwood.

"Mike and I just weren't reading off the same sheet on the course and decided to part," said Clarke, who's had five caddies in just over 12 months.

Gaelic Games

Davitt College, Castlebar held off Athenry Vocational School in a tough battle in Ballyhaunis yesterday, prevailing 3-9 to 1-7 in the Connacht VS SF 'A' final.

The Castlebar school plundered first-half goals through Darren Durkan and Darren Flannery to put themselves seven points ahead.

However the dismissal of their half-forward Kenneth Guthrie for a second yellow card just before the break gave the Galway side hope.

A Michael Hession goal with five minutes left in the contest brought Athenry back to within six points, but it wasn't to be on a day when a lack of discipline saw the game ending with 14 against 13, with Kevin Divilly and Kevin Killeen sent off for Athenry.

Scorers -- Davitt College: S Concannon, D Durcan 1-1 each, E Gill 0-4 (0-2f), D Flannery 1-0, G Concannon 0-2 (0-1f), K Guthrie 0-1. Athenry VS: M Hession 1-0, M Murphy, D Kelly (0-1f) 0-2 each, S Mannion (0-1f), D Burke 0-1 each.

Davitt College -- L Williams; G Ralph, P Sweeney, J Geraghty; C O'Malley, B Murphy, S Conroy; D Flannery, E Gill; J Lowe, D Durkan, K Guthrie; G Ralph, S Concannon, G Concannon.

Athenry VS -- K Loughane; D Maher, C Lane, K Killeen; A Byrne, K Divilly, M Hession; M Murphy, P Flaherty; D Murphy, D Kelly, M Hession, C Mannion, E Roache, S Mannion.

Cricket

Ian Bell struck the 10th Test century of his career as England established a slender 21-run lead over Bangladesh at stumps on day three of the second Test. Bell, who was on 25 overnight, put in an assured display over two-and-a-half energy-sapping sessions for 138 of England's 440 for eight.

Tim Bresnan laboured for 214 deliveries to reach 74 not out in only his second Test innings.

Bangladesh, who posted 419, had harboured hopes of a workable lead of their own when Jonathan Trott fell for 64 in the third over of the day. But two clear umpiring mistakes went against them before three wickets in the final session raised their spirits.

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