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In brief: Collingwood gets English out of jail

England suffered a real fright before escaping with a narrow six-wicket victory against the Netherlands in their opening World Cup Group B match in New Delhi yesterday.

The match had all the ingredients of being the first upset of the World Cup as the Dutchmen piled up 292-6 -- the highest score by an associate team against a Test-playing nation -- and then returned to terrorise the English batsmen, who made a mad scramble to cross the line.

Andrew Strauss (88) and Kevin Pietersen (39) sought to gloss over the shoddy bowling and the ugly fielding some of their team-mates had dished out and Jonathan Trott (62) beefed up the innings when they had departed.

In the end though, England needed Paul Collingwood's experience and Ravi Bopara's improvisation -- both were unbeaten on 30 -- to complete the third highest run chase in the tournament's history with eight balls to spare.


UUJ marched into the semi-finals of the Collingwood Cup by beating hosts Trinity 2-0 yesterday.

Shane Jennings struck the opener with a neat finish and James Doherty sealed the win with a clinical strike from the edge of the box. They will now face NUI Galway, who cruised through as they mauled a poor UL side 6-1.

UCC will go in to today's semi-finals fancying their chances following a spirited 2-1 win over DCU. Goals from Rob Waters and Luke Burgess did the damage for UCC in a tightly contested collision.

Awaiting them in the last four are defending champions UCD, who signalled their intent with a resounding 5-0 win over University of Ulster, Coleraine.

Munster saw their British & Irish Cup hopes suffer a major dent after going down 27-10 to Bristol at the Memorial Ground last night.


Munster remain top of Pool B, but having completed all their matches, they now face an anxious wait to see whether either Llanelli or Bristol, or both, deny them a place in the quarter-finals.

Cusack kicked Munster ahead in the seventh-minute, but Ed Barnes kicked two penalties in quick succession as Bristol led 6-3 at the break.

In the second half Reds' No 8 Paddy Butler was shown a yellow card and Bristol went for the jugular, earning a penalty try after a third scrum collapsed close to Munster's line. Dave Foley then followed to the sin bin for pulling down a driving line-out that earned Bristol a second penalty try.

Tom Gleeson was stretchered off seven minutes from time with a worrying neck injury, before Anthony Elliott scored an interception try and Munster's Danny Barnes grabbed a late consolation.

Bristol -- J Tovey; A Elliott, J Adams, J Fatialofa, G Watkins; E Barnes, R Bolt (S Alford, 67); M Irish (J Hobson, 60), R Johnston (D Blaney, 73), D Compton (W Thompson, 63), D Barry (M Sambucetti, 60), R Winters, D Montagu (J Miller, 67), I Grieve.

Munster A -- S Deasy (R O'Mahoney, 67); D Barnes, T Gleeson (S Deasy, 73), T Smith (P Rowley, 72), S Scanlon (K Essex, 52, C Hircock, 62); D Cusack, C Murray; D Kilcoyne (D Hurley, 50), D Casey (G Slattery, 60), P Borlase, B Holland (capt), D Foley, D O'Callghan (B Hayes, 77), P Butler, B O'Hara (K Essex, 62).

Ref -- Sean Brickwell (Wales)

Irish Independent