Wednesday 21 March 2018

Sport in Brief - Mooney gets nervy Lightning over line

John Mooney
John Mooney

Cricket - JOHN MOONEY steered Leinster Lightning to a four-wicket victory over the North-West Warriors at Bready, but not before the defending champions had made a meal of chasing only 62 to win their first Newstalk FM InterPro Championship clash.

The Hills paceman Max Sorensen took three wickets in the morning session to return figures of 4-43 for Lightning, but the Warriors fought hard to reach 105 all out, after beginning the third and final day in Tyrone on 20-5, trailing by 24 runs.

Last man Craig Young top scored with 20 not out for the Warriors to emulate opposite number Fintan McAllister, who made 48 not out.

Lightning lost Bill Coghlan, Pat Collins, Ben Ackland and Andrew Poynter as they slumped to 36-4.

Internationals Kevin O'Brien and John Anderson also fell to the Warriors' spinners before all-rounder Mooney, whose four-wicket burst on the second evening had set up the victory, duly delivered it with a pull through mid-wicket.


JAMES McGEE is one match away from winning a place in the French Open after beating Argentina's 119-ranked Guido Pella 6-4 6-1 in the second qualifying round at Roland Garros.

The 26-year-old Dubliner raced into a 4-1 lead but squandered seven set points before clinching the opener.

In the second set, the Castleknock man surged 4-0 ahead before his opponent broke back in the fifth game, but McGee reasserted his authority to seal victory.

In today's final round, McGee faces Italy's 174-ranked Andrea Arnobaldi.

Lewis Hamilton overslept and was almost late for first practice at the Monaco Grand Prix, but the Formula One championship leader was still fastest for Mercedes.

While Ferrari's Fernando Alonso pushed the Briton off the top of the afternoon timesheets, Hamilton's morning time remained the quickest on an overcast day.

The winner of the last four races, all of them one-two with team-mate Nico Rosberg, had been seen jogging into the paddock minutes before the opening session started. "I overslept," he explained.

The 2008 world champion lapped the street circuit with a best time of one minute 18.271 seconds. Alonso led the second session with a best time of 1:18.482.

Irish Independent

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