Wednesday 21 March 2018

Ireland's women miss out on finals


Ireland finished in sixth place at the women's World Cup qualifying tournament in Bangladesh after losing their final play-off match to the hosts by 82 runs.

The bowlers did well to restrict Bangladesh to 210-7 in their 50 overs, particularly after an opening partnership of 113 in 30 but, not for the first time in the last two weeks, the batting could not cope with the spin bowling and from 41 for no wicket they slumped to 93-8 and 128 all out.

Cecilia Joyce top scored with 42 and apart from a defiant, unbeaten 25 by wicket-keeper Mary Waldron at No 9, only two players scrambled into double figures. Bangladesh's win leapfrogs them over Ireland into ninth in the rankings as the Irish miss out on the finals for a second successive time.


Tyrone driver Steven Ferguson, the defending Hewison Trophy Autotest champion, increased his lead in the current series when he added a weekend double in Carlow CC's events in Kilkenny to his two earlier victories.

In Saturday's event, Ferguson finished almost 15 seconds clear of British visitor Richard Pinkney, and yesterday he had 18 seconds to spare over ten-time champion Eamonn Byrne.

Local crews took the top two places in the Midland MC round of the National Navigation Trial Championship based at Fenagh, with Chris Kelly and Sam Johnston the winners ahead of father and son combination Pakie and Colin Duffy.


Denis Lynch picked up a €33,750 pay cheque at the Global Champions Tour Final in Abu Dhabi on Saturday despite failing to make it into the eight-horse jump-off against the clock.

Two fences down in the second round with Lantinus put paid to his chances of collecting the €130,000 winner's purse, but, following a consistently successful season, he finished sixth in the GCT rankings and earned a decent share of the €1 million bonus on offer to the top 18 riders at the end of the 10-leg series.

Billy Twomey picked up €4,000 in prize-money along with a further €10,000 for his 12th-place finish on the league table. Australia's Edwina Alexander took the title ahead of Germany's Ludger Beerbaum, while Frenchman Roger-Yves Bost topped the final competition on stallion Ideal de la Loge. In Stockholm, Jessica Kuerten enjoyed a brace of wins in the Two-Phase classes with Colina on Friday and Saturday. But she was out of luck in yesterday's Grand Prix won by Great Britain's John Whitaker. Alex Duffy finished 12th in this feature class riding Carl Hanley's Antello Z.


Roger Federer collected the 70th title of his illustrious career when beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 to win the ATP World Tour Finals at London's O2 Arena.

It was revenge for Federer's quarter-final defeat to the Frenchman at Wimbledon this year in what was his 100th tour final.

Irish Independent

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