Sunday 25 March 2018

Wilson's Ireland efforts all in vain CRICKET

GARY WILSON top-scored with 70 not out and completed three dismissals behind the stumps for Ireland but still ended on the losing side as Zimbabwe squeezed to victory with two wickets and six balls to spare in the first of three one-day internationals in Harare.

Ireland fought fiercely to protect a below-par total of 219-8 on a difficult batting pitch and were narrow favourites when Ed Joyce pulled off a run-out in the 40th over of the reply to leave the home side on a precarious 171-7.

George Dockrell applied the screw with 2-29 from 10 overs, but Sikandar Raza's nerve held and his 60 not out from 72 balls not only delivered Zimbabwe's fourth win in seven ODIs against Ireland but also saw the African side move above the Boys in Green in the ICC rankings.

Ireland can regain 10th place with a win at the same venue tomorrow when Niall O'Brien will return after being given extra time off following his wedding.


Formula ONE'S endless infighting and politicking brought the disaster everyone has feared for months perilously close to reality last night, with Red Bull on the brink of pulling out of the sport.

As it stands, Red Bull do not have an engine for next season after falling out with Renault, botching a possible deal with Mercedes, and failing to persuade Ferrari to supply them for 2016.

Bernie Ecclestone, F1's so-called ringmaster, claimed yesterday that everything was sorted, but behind the scenes he appears powerless to broker a deal, with both Ferrari and Mercedes unwilling to supply a team with a track record of publicly trashing their engine partner.


Irish duo John-Ross Galbraith and David Rawluk saw their hopes of securing a European Tour card for next year dashed in Oxfordshire yesterday.

Galbraith from Whitehead and Dubliner Rawluk both crashed out at the first stage of qualifying over the tree-lined Frilford Heath course. Galbraith returned his best score of the week, a one-under-par 71, but a 72-hole aggregate of 291 left him in joint 28th place, some 15 strokes behind top qualifier Laurie Canter.

Rawluk, meanwhile, was well below his best as he slumped to a 77 for a total of 300 - 12-over par.


Eoin KENNEDY may be the king of the 'big court' in handball but the St Brigid's man sees himself as the underdog ahead of tomorrow's All-Ireland 60x30 senior singles final against Robbie McCarthy.

"I'm giving away 10 years and I have nothing to lose any more. I've been lucky enough to win plenty of titles over the years and I'll do absolutely everything I can to win but, if I don't, so be it," said Kennedy, who beat McCarthy in last year's final having lost to him in the previous three deciders.

Irish Independent

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