Sport in brief: Eoin Morgan blames defeat on batting
England one-day captain Eoin Morgan admitted a poor batting performance ultimately led to Australia claiming a 112-run victory in the Carlton Mid one-day international Tri-Series final yesterday.
Australia posted an imposing total of 278 then Glenn Maxwell ripped through the England order to claim figures of four for 46 as Ravi Bopara posted the highest score of the innings with 33.
Maxwell's impact with the ball came after he top-scored with 95 in Australia's innings from 98 balls before being dismissed by Stuart Broad (three for 55).
"We could have kept them to a bit less, 270 was certainly within our grasp but we didn't help ourselves with some of the decisions we made and the shots we played," said the Dubliner.
Ireland suffered a bedraggled end to their tour of South Africa as they lost comprehensively 7-2 to Belgium in Cape Town.
Shane O'Donoghue failed to convert a penalty stroke but at least Alan Sothern and Chris cargo put themselves on the scoresheet.
The Irish men had the better of South Africa, with a win and a draw against their hosts, at the start of their stay in the Cape. But, without Harte twins Davy and Conor Harte, the defence conceded 20 goals in four games against Holland and Belgium.
TWO-TIME Olympic bronze medallist Paddy Barnes stepped into another man's shoes to help Italia Thunder thrash the Puerto Rico Hurricanes in the World Series of Boxing in Palermo on Saturday.
Barnes' luggage, which included his gear, was missing when he arrived in Italy last Thursday for the Group B match and he had to borrow a pair of boxing boots for his fight with Anthony Ortiz.
The Belfast dynamo dropped the first round 10-9, but edged the second on a split before claiming the final three frames to score a 48-47.49-46,49-46 in the light-fly class.
Michael Conlan also won for Thunder in Palermo, Conlon stopping Garibaldy Gomez in the third round with a 5-0 victory.
Thomas O'Rafferty got his year off to a good start by winning the Supercar Final and the main race of the day, the Super Final, at the opening round of the National Rallycross Championship at Mondello Park yesterday.
His Fiesta was the only one of the three Supercars to survive, with English visitor Mark Watson's Citroen Xsara engine forcing him to retire early. O'Rafferty stayed in front of a terrific duel between Pearse Browne's BMW and the Corsa of Willie Coyne in the Super Final.