Monday 23 October 2017

Van der Merwe edges YMCA top


Just five points separate first from fourth in RSA Leinster League Division 1 after a day of shocks in the rain in the sixth round of matches.

YMCA, who started the day third, leapfrogged The Hills with a six-wickets victory at Claremont Road and also overtook morning leaders Merrion who lost by two wickets to Pembroke.

Captain Albert van der Merwe led from the front as YMCA eased to their revised target of 150 in 42 overs with almost nine overs to spare. The retired Ireland international top-scored with 55 and when he was out 22 short of the target, Simmi Singh and Trent Johnston saw them home.

Earlier, Johnston had bowled his full 10 overs quota, taking the wickets of The Hills' top scorers Cormac McLoughlin and Naseer Shoukat.

For the first time this season, Merrion's batting failed, bowled out for 135 in the miserable conditions. After rain had reduced Pembroke's target to 132, Brenton McDonald, who had taken four for 19, hit 38 to get Pembroke to within two runs of victory and Allan Eastwood then hit the winning boundary.


England's search for a global one-day title will continue following their five-run collapse defeat to India in a pulsating Champions Trophy final.

Chasing a modest 130 in a game reduced to 20 overs per side by rain, England were set for a historic triumph with 20 needed off 16 balls and Irish batsman Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara at the crease.

However, Morgan's departure for 33 was the first of four wickets to fall for three runs in eight balls as a bout of nerves ran through the team. England finished on 124-8 after James Tredwell missed the last ball of the innings with six required for victory.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claimed 2-14 and slow left-armer Ravindra Jadeja took 2-24 to complement his vital unbeaten 33 off 25 balls in India's 129-7.


On the weekend that the Irish men staged an outrageous comeback, the women's national side also showed an ability to bounce back.

Beaten 3-2 in the first of their three-match series with Canada at Belfield on Saturday, the girls turned tables yesterday with a 2-1 win.

The home goals came from corners, with Michelle Harvey and Anna O'Flanagan scoring either side of half time to put the Irish in front. The Canadians pulled one back through Hannah Haughn.

The men's heroics came in a 6-4 win against France in the play-off to avoid eighth and last place at the World Hockey League in Rotterdam.

Conor Harte scored two as Ireland came back from four goals down.

Irish Independent

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