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Irish sink as Henley hots up

ROWING: Irish interest in Henley Royal Regatta ended yesterday in disappointing fashion. Just three crews had made it as far as yesterday's quarter-finals but all three were blown away as the pace stepped up in advance of tomorrow's finals.

In the Temple Challenge Cup, the TCD eight came up against the might of American college Colgate who won by nearly two lengths.

In the Visitors Cup for coxless fours the NUIG crew were outclassed by the composite crew from Molesey and Oxford University.

Ireland's final hope, the Carlow junior quad, were well beaten in the Fawley Challenge Cup by Windsor Boys School.

Big names back for Simmons
CRICKET: Ireland coach Phil Simmons has announced a strong squad for the forthcoming quadrangular series. Andre Botha and Dave Langford-Smith are both back from injury while Eoin Morgan is available, but Boyd Rankin still misses out - it is thought that it will be early August before he is back to full fitness.

Ireland will compete with West Indies, Scotland and The Netherlands in the series of One Day International fixtures in Stormont and Clontarf between July 10 and July 15.

T Johnston (R Union, capt), A Botha (N County), K Carroll (R Union), A Cusack (Clontarf), T Fourie (Merrion), G Kidd (Waringstown), D Langford-Smith (Phoenix), K Mc Callan (Waringstown), E Morgan (Middlesex), K O'Brien (Railway Union), N O'Brien (Northants), W Porterfield (Rush), A White (Instonians).

Stirling effort inspires Ireland
CRICKET: Ireland have retained their European U23 Championship following a comprehensive 116 run win over hosts Scotland.

Late call-up Paul Stirling proved an inspired choice, as he scored a magnificent 110 in the Irish total of 220 for 8. The prolific teenager came to the crease following the loss of skipper William Porterfield in the first over, trapped lbw to Sean Weeraratna for 0.

The Irish struggled early and, had the Scots taken their chances, the result could well have been different. But the Irish battled through to set a decent total before the Scots were bundled out for just 104 in 28.5 overs.