Tuesday 12 December 2017

Sport in brief: Bowlers star as Lightning strike

Only five batsmen scored more runs in the top two divisions last year than Tom Fisher
Only five batsmen scored more runs in the top two divisions last year than Tom Fisher


Eddie Richardson and Albert van der Merwe shared six wickets at College Park to bowl Leinster Lightning to a 157-run victory over the Northern Knights and a 20-point lead at the top of the Newstalk FM InterPro Championship.

Lightning added 21 to their overnight score to set the Knights 334 to win – or more realistically to bat out 98 overs for a draw – but the Belfast-based side fell well short of both ambitions as they were dismissed for 176.

North County seamer Richardson had an excellent return of 3-24 from 12 overs.

Ireland international batsman James Shannon resisted doggedly for over two hours, making just 27 runs from 149 balls, before he edged van der Merwe to slip and the tall YMCA off spinner then bowled Mark Adair to complete figures of 3-35.

It was left to Andrew Poynter's occasional spin to wrap up the win 15 minutes before the start of the final hour.


Ireland's Bertram Allen followed in his master's footsteps when finishing third with Romanov in the hotly contested Haven Prize at CHIO Rotterdam.

German ace Marcus Ehning won the class in which there were eight double-clears from a starting field of 60 and his pupil, the Wexford-born 18-year-old Allen, was just under a quarter of a second off the winning time with Romanov.

Allen, however, has not been selected for today's important points-gathering outing in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup.


Eleven high-performance athletes have travelled to Aiguebelette, France to compete in the World Cup.

This is an important step for Irish crews on the road to the 2016 Olympic Games. The qualification event for the Olympics, the 2015 World Championships, will be held at the same venue in August next year.

Sanita Puspure will again compete in the Women's Single Scull.

Leonora Kennedy and Lisa Dilleen compete in the Women's Pair, while Eimear Moran and Monika Dukarska have also been selected to compete in the Women's Double Scull.

Paul O'Donovan will again compete in the Lightweight Single Scull and in the Lightweight Women's Double Scull Claire Lambe and Denise Walsh will row for the team.

Tom Kelly returns to the team to compete in the Men's Arms and Shoulders Single Scull, a Paralympic discipline.

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