In brief: NUIG's glory bid runs out of steam
Ireland's ultimate bid for glory at Henley Regatta came unstuck yesterday when the NUIG crew lost their final to the British U-23 lightweight world champions.
Olympian Cormac Folan was the anchorman in the experienced NUIG and Grainne Mhaol composite contesting the Visitors' Challenge Cup for coxless fours. Backed up by Eddie Mullarkey and Alan Martin in the bow, and with James Wall at stroke, the Galway men started with a weight advantage of two stone per man.
But that counted for little in the windless conditions on the Thames as the British powered off from the start and were already more than a length clear after a quarter mile. NUIG's poor steering cost them early on and they eventually lost by three lengths.
NUIG had been Ireland's sole survivor on finals day at Henley after two TCD crews went out in the opening heats, with Queen's Belfast only managing to last one day longer.
England captain Alastair Cook's second one-day international hundred predictably proved in vain as Dinesh Chandimal eased Sri Lanka past 246-7 to go 2-1 up in the NatWest Series.
Cook grafted hard for his career-best 119 at Lord's, but he was then powerless to stop Chandimal (105 not out) and Mahela Jayawardene (79) putting Sri Lanka serenely into position for a routine chase -- achieved with six wickets and 10 balls to spare.
THE Irish team left Scotland with two medals after a successful Scottish National Open Swimming Championships last weekend.
Bangor SC's Clare Dawson claimed silver in the women's 400m freestyle on Saturday evening thanks to a personal best time of 4.16.16, while Aisling Cooney took bronze in the women's 100m backstroke.
Both were back in finals action yesterday but Dawson was fifth in the women's 100m freestyle and Cooney sixth in the women's 50m butterfly.
A personal best from Brendan Hyland saw him just miss out on a medal in fourth in the men's 400m individual medley.