India lose despite Sharma’s brilliance

first_imgPERTH, Australia (AP): Steve Smith and George Bailey scored centuries and shared a 242-run partnership as Australia beat India by five wickets in the series-opening limited-overs international yesterday, reaching the victory target of 310 with four balls to spare. After winning the toss and batting, the visitors posted 309-3 with Rohit Sharma scoring an unbeaten 171 from 163 balls and Virat Kohli contributing 91 to a 207-run second-wicket partnership, surpassing the record 199 for India against Australia held by Sachin Tendulkar and V.V.S. Laxman since 2001. The Indian top-order batsmen dominated an inexperienced Australian attack on the true WACA wicket, with James Faulkner’s 2-60 the pick of the bowling figures. The World Cup champions were in trouble at 2-21 in reply, with Barinda Sran (3-56) removing opener Aaron Finch (8) and David Warner (5) before Smith and Bailey set up the victory with the fourth-highest ODI partnership ever for Australia. Momentum swung after Bailey was given not out after appearing to glove a leg-side catch off Sran to wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on his first ball. With no Decision Review System in play, India had nowhere else to appeal when umpire Richard Kellenborough ruled Bailey not out. STRONG INNINGS He went on to score 112 from 120 balls and was instrumental in helping Smith, who scored 149 from 135 balls before he was dismissed in the last over, take the ascendancy against India’s slow bowlers in the middle overs. The match was all but over when Smith chipped Sran to cover on the first ball of the last over. Mitch Marsh finished unbeaten on 12 and James Faulkner (1) hit the winning run as Australia reached 310-5. Smith, the Australia captain, won the Man of the Match award despite the strong innings from Sharma, who recorded the highest score by a visiting batsman against Australia in Australia.last_img read more

HARPS HOPING TO REMAIN UNBEATEN AS WEXFORD YOUTHS COME TO BALLYBOFEY

first_imgFinn Harps will be hoping to extend their unbeaten start to the season when they host Shane Keegan’s Wexford Youths at Finn Park on Friday evening (kick-off 8.00pm)Peter Hutton’s Harps side have picked up eight points from their opening four league matches – winning both their home games and drawing both games on the road.Last weekend Harps came from 2-0 down to claim a share of the spoils with two second half goals from Thomas McMonagle and Kevin McHugh. The latter took his tally to four for the season with his equalising goal from the penalty spot. Ciaran Gallagher later saved a penalty to ensure Harps left Fahy’s Field with a point. “Against Mervue, I thought we started quite well but unfortunately didn’t really turn our possession into chances,” said Harps boss Peter Hutton as he reflected on the game. “I was surprised at how direct Mervue were and simply went from back to front with probing long balls over the top looking for the breaking ball, which in fairness is difficult to play against if you don’t deal with the first ball.“The pitch though was decent and I want us to play football when the conditions lend itself, but maybe the boys took me too literally and we got caught playing in the wrong areas and ultimately paid the price by gifting them two goals before halftime.“We regrouped though and realised that we were very much still in the game but needed to score first in the second half as I firmly believed that once we got one we’d get another. The players rallied and were excellent and never lost belief. Ciaran’s penalty save was also a mark of how the mentality of the team is changing, he could have felt sorry for himself in giving away the penalty but he remained focused and made a great save to help gain us a valuable point.”Hutton is quick to stress that it is very much a squad game these days, and not just about the eleven that play on any particular matchday. “The character shown by the players has been really refreshing and not just those starting games but also those on the bench and on the fringes of the first team have been tremendous and are really pushing each other on which, given human nature and the desire to want to play, says a lot for the group of players we’ve assembled here, each and everyone has been a credit so far this season.”The Harps boss was also quick to praise goalkeeper Ciaran Gallagher after his penalty save last week, but also stressed that the young keeper still has much to learn.“Ciaran has done well but he himself will also be the first to tell you he can still do better and acknowledges he still has a lot to learn. He is a great professional and takes his football seriously in the quest of continually trying to better himself and with Declan Mc Intyre at the club, who I personally believe is probably the best goalkeeping coach around, Ciaran, young Shaun Patton, Michael Lynch and Rory Kelly when he returns, will all benefit from his tutelage I’m sure. Ciaran for still one so young has gained a lot of vital experience already in his goalkeeping career and I’ve no doubt will continue to improve.”Friday’s game will be Wexford Youths’ tenth visit to Finn Park since gaining senior status in 2007. They have a decent record in Donegal, winning on four of their nine previous visits and losing just three times. Only once, in a 1-0 defeat in August 2007, have they failed to score in Ballybofey. Hutton knows that they will be difficult opponents on Friday.“This Friday’s game will be a real test as to gauge where we are at in terms of maintaining consistency. In many ways I see a lot of similarities in Wexford and ourselves. We both finished last season well and both have largely built upon the bulk of last season’s squads also. “They too like to play football but also have a physical presence throughout their team so they can mix it up too when required. I think it will be a very tight game on Friday they are coming to us on the back of two good victories especially after coming from behind to beat Waterford last week so we’ll give them due respect but will relish the challenge also.”On the team front, Ciaran Coll remains out with a cartilage tear. Sean McCarron who is likely to be out for three weeks with a tear in his calf suffered in last week’s 2-2 draw in Mervue joins him. Shaun McGowan is a doubt with a badly swollen ankle.“Both players left the game in Mervue on crutches last Friday,” said Hutton of the injuries to McCarron and McGowan. “So whilst the news isn’t great for either player it provides those other players with a window of opportunity to come in a stake a claim for a place in the team.”~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ TEAM NEWSSuspended: NoneDoubtful: Shaun McGowan (ankle)Injured: Ciaran Coll (cartilage tear), Sean McCarron (calf).Form Guide (last six league games)Finn Harps: L-W-D-W-W-D (11 pts)Wexford Youths: W-W-L-L-W-W (12 pts)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Last six home games against Wexford Youths09-Apr-10 – Finn Harps 2-1 Wexford Youths (First Division)24-Sep-10 – Finn Harps 1-1 Wexford Youths (First Division)06-May-11 – Finn Harps 0-1 Wexford Youths (First Division)22-Oct-11 – Finn Harps 4-1 Wexford Youths (First Division)24-Mar-12 – Finn Harps 0-1 Wexford Youths (First Division)21-Jul-12 – Finn Harps 3-3 Wexford Youths (First Division)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Goalscorers 2013Kevin McHugh – 4Sean McCarron – 3Thomas McMonagle – 1Thomas McBride – 1 (in League Cup)Matt Harkin – 1 (in League Cup)James Doherty – 1 (in League Cup)Marc Brolly – 1 (in League Cup)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Results 2013 (Harps goalscorers in brackets)29-Mar-2013 – AL – Mervue United 2-2 Finn Harps (McMonagle, McHugh)23-Mar-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 1-0 Longford Town (McHugh)15-Mar-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 4-1 Cobh Ramblers (McCarron 2, McHugh 2)08-Mar-2013 – AL – Waterford United 1-1 Finn Harps (McCarron)03-Mar-2013 – LC – Mayo League 1-4 Finn Harps (Harkin, Doherty, Brolly, McBride)HARPS HOPING TO REMAIN UNBEATEN AS WEXFORD YOUTHS COME TO BALLYBOFEY was last modified: April 4th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:finn harpsFinn Parkwexford youthslast_img read more

DONEGAL MAN ARRIVES HOME WITH 4 MEDALS FROM TRANSPLANT GAMES

first_imgRamelton man Kieran Murray and his family are pictured at Dublin airport when he and other members of Transplant Team Ireland returned from the 8th European Transplant and Dialysis Championships in Krakow, Poland.Kieran, a kidney transplant recipient, fared exceptionally well at his first Transplant Games securing 3 Gold and 1 Bronze medal.His Golds were won in the 5km mini marathon, the 1500 m race and also in Golf. He won a Bronze medal for coming in second place in the 800m race. “I’m over the moon,” said Kieran.“It was a fantastic homecoming – and great to be home, especially with four medals around my neck.”Fellow Donegal man, Hugo Boyce from Clonmany, one of the more senior members of Transplant Team Ireland, also enjoyed took part in the Games.Hugo received a kidney transplant 26 years ago.  DONEGAL MAN ARRIVES HOME WITH 4 MEDALS FROM TRANSPLANT GAMES was last modified: August 24th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GoldKieran MUrrayRameltonTransplant Gameslast_img read more