Tuesday 12 November 2019

Legend Warne bows out in style

Shane Warne ended his cricket career with a victory as the Rajasthan Royals beat the Mumbai Indians by 10 wickets in the Indian Premier League.

Warne (41), the second-highest wicket-taker in Test history, took 1-30 as the Indians reached 133-5 in their 20 overs in Mumbai. Openers Shane Watson and Rahul Dravid then teamed for an unbeaten 134 in just 13.1 overs to give Rajasthan a season-ending win.

"I'd just like to say a big thank you for my team-mates who played fantastic today," said Warne, who announced his retirement on May 6. "They're a great group of guys."

"It was great to send off Warnie," added Dravid. "He's been a legend in the game. It was brilliant to put in a good performance for him."

Meanwhile, Eoin Morgan just missed out on a double century, dismissed for 193 as England 'A' reached 493-8dec against Sri Lanka, before knocking over the tourists for 266.

Ireland claimed their second Nations Cup victory this week last night in Copenhagen after seeing off 14 other nations to claim the trophy.

With two Irish-bred horses in the line-up, Ireland finished the first round of the Promotional League Cup on a completely clear score and went on to dominate the competition, finishing with just a total of 12 faults.

Captain David O'Brien and the Minister for Defence's Irish-bred gelding 'Annestown' went as pathfinder, but recorded the only double clear round, while USA-based Jennifer Crooks and 'SF Uryadi' had a clear first round, with two fences down in the second.

Alexander Butler on Harold McGahern's Touchdown gelding Will Wimble went clear first time out and had one fence down in the second, while Dermott Lennon and Kalvinretto also took a zero score in the first round.

james degale endured a difficult start to life as a professional, but he has won the critics over en route to collecting the British super-middleweight title, and he predicts tonight's meeting with his old rival George Groves will be "an easy night's work" at London's O2.

"I can't see it going 12 rounds, seriously," said DeGale, who already has his eye on another step up in class with European and world honours in his sights.

"I'm up there in the top 15 of the world," he added. "So I'm going to scratch this itch on my shoulder and move on to bigger and better things."

DeGale offered one crumb of comfort to his arch rival, saying Groves can recover should he lose tonight: "He will probably come back from it because he's getting beaten by the golden boy."

The grudge match will top the bill in Greenwich alongside Nathan Cleverly's first outing as WBO light-heavyweight champion, when the Welshman defends his title against Poland's Aleksy Kuziemski.

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