Sunday 21 January 2018

In Brief: Five wickets for Sorensen

cricket: Just over an hour's play was possible at Stormont yesterday, but it was enough for Max Sorensen to claim his first five-wicket haul for Ireland as Australia A closed on 312-9, writes Ger Siggins.

With its one-day side beset by problems in England, the remainder of the Australia squad is tuning up for the Ashes with a four-day game against Ireland.

After the visitors had built their seventh wicket stand to 156 runs at the start of the day, Trent Johnston took the scalp of century maker Smith for 133. Sorensen found the edge of James Pattinson's bat for a career-best 66.

The rain arrived just as Fawad Ahmed walked to the wicket, and the Pakistani-born spinner has been the focus of most international attention on this game. Fawad's naturalisation was fast-tracked by the Australian parliament, so desperate are the ACB to reclaim the Ashes.

The innings showed how heavily Ireland rely on their opening bowling, with six other bowlers failing to take a wicket, and only Paul Stirling keeping the run-flow respectable.

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Soccer: Sligo Rovers ended their scoring drought in dramatic fashion with a five-goal haul against UCD at the Showgrounds last night. David Cawley, Aaron Greene, Kieran Djilali and Joseph Ndo were all on the mark for the Bit O'Red, who had to come from behind to earn a 5-2 win and re-ignite their Airtricity League Premier Division title charge.

David McMillan and substitute Dean Clarke got the UCD goals, while defender Liam Traynor scored an own goal.

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Golf: Simon Thornton shot the day's best six-under 65 to share a one-stroke lead with Tjaart Van der Walt of South Africa and Baptiste Chapellan of France after the third round of the Najeti Hotels Open in St Omer, France yesterday.

Thornton made two eagles, including a hole in one on the 11th, three birdies and a bogey for a 4-under 209 total. Chapellan carded a 69 while overnight leader Van der Walt limited the damage with a 71.

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Rugby Union: Minnows Japan claimed their first win over Six Nations champions Wales yesterday after a clinical display against an inexperienced Welsh side sealed a 23-8 victory in Tokyo that squared their two match series.

Second-half tries by inside centre Craig Wing and openside flanker Michael Broadhurst, who both qualified to play for Japan after completing residency requirements, and 13 points from the boot of fullback Ayumu Goromaru helped secure their biggest win to date.

Tom Prydie scored the only try for the visitors when he crossed in the 44th minute. "We have created history. We are the first Japan team to beat a top-10 team,'' said Japan coach Eddie Jones.

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Athletics: Brian Gregan continued his relentless show of top form when he won the 400 metres at the IAAF Gold Star meeting in Gothenburg yesterday in his second fastest time of the season – his second successive victory in a week, having won in 45.53 in Belgium a few days previously.

Gregan won in a time of 45.65 seconds, ahead of Denmark's Nick Ekelund Arenander (46.26) with Britain's Jamie Bowe third in 46.83.

There was a personal best performance from Claire Tarplee when the Dundrum runner finished a close third in a highly competitive women's 1,500 metres in a time of 4:11.35 with victory going to Meraf Bakta of Holland in 4:09.60. Laura Crowe from Tralee was a little short of her best when clocking 4:16.65.

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Brazil's Alan Oliveira took Jonnie Peacock's tag as the world's fastest amputee sprinter by clocking a world record 10.77 seconds for the 100 metres in Berlin yesterday.

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Camogie: Three-in-a-row winning manager JJ Doyle has made a shock return to the helm of reigning All-Ireland champions Wexford.

Doyle, who retired after his side completed the treble last September, was reinstalled as manager on Friday, taking his first training session in Kilmore yesterday morning.

His shock return came about after current manager Martin Lynch was removed from the post after less than six months in charge. There were rumblings of discontent within the camp following the league final defeat to Cork, but more particularly following their shock provincial championship defeat to Kilkenny two weeks ago.

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Hockey: Ireland were beaten 4-2 by New Zealand in the World Hockey League tournament in Rotterdam. In an error-strewn first half the Irish drew first blood when Alan Sothern scored a penalty stroke after his initial penalty corner drag-flick hit a defender on the goal-line in the 18th minute.

New Zealand hit back five minutes later through veteran Phil Burrows. Near the break the winners were reduced to 10 men when Arun Panchia was given a 10-minute yellow card suspension for a foul on Andrew McConnell but Ireland failed to take advantage.

Panchia's return early in the second half triggered a period of New Zealand domination which resulted in a penalty corner conversion for Nick Haig. Ireland responded immediately through Michael Watt. New Zealand, however, scored two further goals to clinch victory.

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Tennis: James McGee has won a place in the qualifying round for this year's Wimbledon Championships, following in the footsteps of Conor Niland two years ago and will play his first match in the All-England event tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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