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In brief: Vaughan backs Ireland claims

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has added his voice to those calling for Ireland to be given a chance to play in the 2015 World Cup.

Vaughan slammed the International Cricket Council's (ICC) decision to restrict their next showpiece event to the 10 Test-playing nations, with no qualifying opportunity for the smaller nations.

"It's wrong," the Ashes-winning captain said. "Ireland are the 10th best one-day team in the world and the ICC have again made a poor decision.

"I would have liked to have seen a pre-tournament qualifier with the likes of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe thrown in with Ireland and all the other Associates teams, with the best two going on to the World Cup."


Irish rising star Sam Barry yesterday chalked up his fourth win of the week on the Thailand ITF Futures circuit.

After two victories in qualifying and two in the main draw, the 19-year-old is into the quarter-finals of the hardcourt event.

Barry stormed back from losing the opening set to overcome Liang-Chi Huang 6-7 (4/7) 6-1 6-4. Today, he takes on Simon Cauvard.


Ireland's Elite champions won three quarter-finals out of four to get their Feliks Stamm Multi-Nations off to a flying start in Warsaw yesterday.

John Joe Nevin, Darren O'Neill and Con Sheehan will fight in today's semi-finals following victories last night in the 17-nation tournament.

Dublin lightweight Michael McDonagh bowed out following an 11-8 reversal to Damien Wrzesinaki.


Glenanne inched one point nearer to the Leinster league title last night with a 3-3 draw with Corinthians.

The win that would have seen them across the line was denied to them by opposition 'keeper Ross Murray.

Glens equalised three times as Corinthians set the pace. Then they forced a penalty stroke, but Murray pulled off a fine save.

Irish Independent