Thursday 18 January 2018

In brief: Maguire double earns Irish draw


A brace from Phelie Maguire helped secure a point for Ireland from their second game of the Five Nations tournament in Paris following a 3-3 draw with their French hosts.

After the scoreless draw with Poland on Wednesday, they were quickly out of the blocks against the French, with captain Ronan Gormley netting from an early corner.

However, they were a goal behind by the break, before Maguire levelled the game at 2-2. The hosts went ahead again, but Maguire again produced an equaliser for Ireland, this time with a well struck first-time hit.


England lost only Andrew Strauss' wicket as Pakistan failed to inflict more significant damage in the hour of play possible at a damp and gloomy Lord's on day one of the fourth Test.

After heavy rain had wiped out the first session, Pakistan won the toss and unsurprisingly put their hosts in under heavy cloud cover.

It was an obvious opportunity for the tourists' strong seam attack to steal a march on England as they seek to square the series at 2-2 after this final match.

But it was a slightly under-par return to shift only the England captain and eventually stumps came with the total at 39 for one after bad light forced the players off and finished the game for the day.


Portstewart's Paul Cutler will today attempt to help Great Britain and Ireland continue their domination of the Continent of Europe in the bi-ennial St Andrews Trophy match.

Cutler (31), ranked in the top 20 amateurs in the world, is the only Irishman in a very strong team.

This fascinating battle over the superb Castelconturbia course in Italy is contested over the next two days concurrently with the boys equivalent the Jacques Leglise Trophy match. Ballyemena's Dermot McElroy is joined by Paul Dunne of Greystones in the team.


A fourth race win for Australian John Bertrand in Etchells World Championship at Howth Yacht Club has firmly settled the leaderboard going into today's penultimate day. While brothers Ante and Nils Razmillovic eye one another for second and third places, Bertrand has opened his lead to a modest seven points with three races left.

Ante Razmillovic had been tied with the Australian up until Wednesday, but a slip in form yesterday saw the first runner-up place fourth and fifth, while his brother won the opening race, which brought him into contention.

Of the home fleet, David Burrows has held steady in 11th overall.

Irish Independent

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