Thursday 26 April 2018

Sports In Brief

Surrey secure O'Brien deal


KEVIN O'BRIEN has joined Surrey on a short-term contract to play three T20 matches before he heads off to take part in the Caribbean Premier League later this month.

The Railway Union man will face Hampshire, Middlesex and Kent as he attempts to help the south London side reach the quarter-finals of the Friends Life T20.

O'Brien has become highly sought-after in T20 play since making the fastest century in World Cup history against England in 2011 and Surrey will be the fourth county side he has represented.

O'Brien will be joined by Ireland team-mate Gary Wilson who yesterday signed a new two-year contract with Surrey.

IRELAND'S exciting young team got off to a great start at the European Junior U-20 Championships in Rieti, Italy where five of the first six athletes in action made their finals.

Bandon's Phil Healy won her 100m heat in a personal best 11.63 and finished second in her semi-final in 11.92 to make today's final.

DSD's Siofra Cleirigh Buttner and Newry's Aislinn Crossey both qualified for tomorrow's 800m final, in times of 2:08.34 and 2:05.50 respectively.

Clonmel's Sean Tobin won his 1,500m heat in 3:50.31, but after keeping pace early in the same race Mullingar's Shane Fitzsimons could only manage sixth in 3:51.17.

Letterkenny's Ruairi Finnegan ran a personal best of 3:44.60 to finish third, qualififying for tomorrow's final.

Meanwhile, Ballina's Hugh Armstrong finished 11th in the 10,000m final in 32:16.19.


Jonathan Sexton has gotten an early taste of the idiosyncrasies of Racing Metro president Jacky Lorenzetti, with the Paris club moving their first home match of the season 500km away to the seaside because most of their supporters will be on holiday.

Sexton's new club had requested that they be drawn away from home for the first round of the French Top 14 because they feared numbers would be small, with most Parisians on vacation at that time.

Team officials were angry when they were drawn at home to Brive in the opening round and they have reacted by moving the match to La Rochelle, a bustling seaside resort in the Bay of Biscay.

Sexton could make his debut in that game, which will now take place at Stade Marcel-Deflandre on August 17.

Irish Independent

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