Tuesday 12 December 2017

McLaughlin's ton keeps Hills on high

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The Hills increased their lead at the top of RSA Leinster League Division 1 with a 48-run victory over bottom-of-the-table Leinster.

Closest challengers Merrion and Railway Union both won in exciting finishes, but were denied the bonus points needed to close the gap on the Skerries side.

Pat Collins, yet again, was Railway's man of the match with his undefeated 85 increasing his season's average to 121 as the Park Avenue side beat Pembroke by two wickets, Ciaran Divney hitting the winning boundary with three balls to spare.

It was quite a recovery by Railway, who had slumped to 65-5 – including the prized wicket of Kevin O'Brien for a duck. But Collins received excellent support from Mo Tariq, who regained the momentum and dominated the sixth-wicket stand of 123, scoring 63 from 72 balls.

Tyrone Kane was Merrion's hero, with his 101 helping his side to an imposing 276-7, but four wickets for Dom Joyce restricted YMCA, who needed 34 from the last four overs, to 268-7, despite 92 by Reinhardt Strydom.

Cormac McLaughlin hit a century at Rathmines as The Hills posted 237-7. McLaughlin scored 111, with 17 fours, and although Ireland assistant coach Pete Johnston and JP O'Dwyer put on 88 for Leinster's fourth wicket, the last six fell for 45.

Ireland international John Mooney hit the third century of the day but finished up on the losing side as Phoenix won their first game of the season, impressively passing North County's 280-9 with four wickets and 14 balls to spare.

Mooney hit 109 from 104 balls, with 18 fours and a six, but steady batting all down the order by the visitors saw them home, Masud Ahmed scoring 82 and Riaan Jeggels winning the match with his second six.

GARY O'Hanlon's bid to add the Cork Marathon title just a week after winning in Newry failed by just 23 seconds yesterday.

Poland's Bartosz Mazerski won the Cork title in 2:28:29, just ahead of the Clonliffe man, who came home in 2:28:52, and well clear of Peter Mooney (2:35:25) and Cathal O'Connell (2:35:54).

Tullamore Olympian Pauline Curley foiled Angela McCann's bid to win a third Cork title in a row. Curley, who was 15th overall, won the women's race in 2:47:47 ahead of Clonmel's McCann (2:55:11) and Leevale's Nollaigh O'Neill (2:55.45).

Ireland's top U-13 player Georgia Drummy has won the Tennis Europe U-14 tournament in Kopavogur, Iceland.

The promising Donnybrook LTC youngster claimed the singles title when beating Kamilla Kokeladze of Russia 6-2 2-6 7-5.

This win should see the Dublin teenager move into the top 100 of the European rankings as she remains in Iceland to compete in the Reykjavik Open U-16 event this week.

Irish Independent

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