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FOOTBALL: LETTERKENNY & DISTRICT SCHOOLBOYS LEAGUE RESULTS AND TABLES

first_imgRESULTS 12th JANUARYUNDER 12 PREMIER DIVISIONGlencar 2 – 3 Kilmacrennan Celtic FIXTURES SAT 19th JANUARY 10-30am KOUNDER 12 PREMIER DIVISIONBallyraine v Kilmacrennan CelticLetterkenny Rvs v Swilly Rovers Dunfanaghy Yths v Bonagee UnitedUnder 12 Premier DivisionIt looks like the titles going to any one of five teams. With six points separating these 5 teams Bonagee, Dunfanaghy , Kilmacrennan, Swilly and Ballyraine all have it to play for in the 2nd half of the season. Next week 4 of the top 5 teams are playing each other. First play Second as Dunfanaghy at home could share the spoils with unbeaten Bonagee. Fifth place Ballyraine need to get a result against 3rd place Kilmacrennan to keep them in the hunt. Also Swilly need to keep all 3 points at home to Letterkenny to stay in touch. At this younger age group, consistency is the key but no one can predict the eventual winners as on any given day, any team is capable of beating each other. P W D L PTS DUNFANAGHY YOUTHS 9 8 0 1 24 BONAGEE UNITED 8 8 0 0 24 KILMACRENNAN CELTIC 9 8 0 1 24  SWILLY ROVERS 8 6 0 2 18 BALLYRAINE UNITED 9 6 0 3 18 GLENCAR 10 4 1 5 13 MULROY ACADEMY 10 3 1 6 10 LETTERKENNY ROVERS 9 3 0 6 9 LAGAN HARPS 10 2 0 8 6 MILFORD UNITED 10 2 0 8 6 ILLISTRIN UNITED 10 0 0 10 0 RESULTS SAT 12th JANUARYUNDER 14 PREMIER DIVISIONSwilly Rovers 0 – 2 Illistrin United Advertisement Bonagee United 6 – 0 Lagan HarpsFIXTURES SAT 19th JANUARYBonagee United v Swilly RoversGlencar v Ballyraine United Advertisement Illistrin United v Kilmacrennan Celtic UNDER 14 PREMIER DIVISIONWith Illistrin United having nine wins out of nine, followed closely by Swilly Rovers and Bonagee United. It seems that the league winners and the two Champions league spots will be decided by the above three teams unless Glencar can have a great run in the 2nd half of the season. The big game next week is Swilly away to Bonagee where the home side will need to take points of Swilly. UNDER 14 PREMIER DIVISION P W D L PTS ILLISTRIN UNITED 9 9 0 0 27 SWILLY ROVERS 9 8 0 1 24 BONAGEE UNITED 9 7 0 2 21 GLENCAR 9 5 1 3 18 MILFORD UNITED 10 5 1 4 16 MULROY ACADEMY 10 4 1 5 13 LETTERKENNY ROVERS 10 3 2 5 11 BALLYRAINE UNITED 9 3 2 4 11 KILMACRENNAN CELTIC 8 1 3 4 6 LAGAN HARPS 10 1 2 7 5 DUNFANAGHY YOUTHS 10 0 0 10 0RESULTS 12th JANUARYUNDER 16 PREMIER DIVISIONSwilly Rovers 3 – 1 Lagan HarpsDunfanaghy Yths 2 – 2 Bonagee UnitedIllistrin United 7 – 1 Bonagee TigersFIXTURES SAT 19th JANUARYIllistrin United v Dunfanaghy YthsSwilly Rovers v Bonagee UnitedUNDER 16 PREMIER DIVISIONAs you can see from the below table, and because of players sitting their Junior Cert Exams this year and the Champions League starting in February. The under 16 Division is almost at an end. With only eight matches in the league, it looks like (same as last year) as far as title contenders are concerned as only Letterkenny or Swilly can win it. Bonagee could still sneak a Champions league spot if Swilly fail to win any of their remaining 3 games which incidentally are against Letterkenny, Illistrin and next week Bonagee. Big Match this week is Swilly at home to Bonagee. UNDER 16 PREMIER DIVISION P W D L PTS LETTERKENNY ROVERS 6 6 0 0 18 SWILLY ROVERS 5 5 0 0 15 BONAGEE UNITED 7 4 2 1 14 MULROY ACADEMY 7 4 0 3  12 LAGAN HARPS 7 3 2 2 11 DUNFANAGHY YOUTHS 6 2 2 2 8 ILLISTRIN UNITED 6 2 2 2 8 BALLYARE DIAMONDS 7 1 0 6 3 BONAGEE TIGERS 7 0 0 7 0 FIXTURES W/E 20th JANUARYUNDER 12 RESERVE DIVISIONDunfanaghy Blues v Swilly RamblersUNDER 12 RESERVE DIVISIONAnother close league with Cappry Crusaders from East Donegal leading the pack, followed by three teams who are still in contention, Glencar Hammers, Letterkenny Crusaders and Dunfanaghy Blues. As Ballyare Diamonds pulled out of the reserve league, the league tables were corrected and now have only seven matches left to play. UNDER 12 RESERVE DIVISION P W D L PTS CAPPRY CRUSADERS 7 6 0 1 18 GLENCAR HAMMERS 7 5 2 0 17 LETTERKENNY CRUSADERS 7 4 1 2 13 DUNFANAGHY BLUES 6 4 1 1 13 BALLYRAINE CELTIC 7 3 0 4 9 BONAGEE TIGERS 7 2 0 5 6 SWILLY RAMBLERS  6 0 1 5 1 LURGY CELTIC 7 0 1 6 1  UNDER 14 RESERVE DIVISIONManor Town have also pulled out due to lack of players so the league has been updated and it’s a two horse race between Glencar Hammers and Bonagee Tigers for the title. And with only four games left, it looks like it’s going to the wire.UNDER 14 RESERVE DIVISION P W D L PTS GLENCAR HAMMERS 8 5 3 0 18 BONAGEE TIGERS 7 5 1 1 16 SWILLY ROVERS 8 3 2 3 11 BALLYRAINE CELTIC 8 1 1 6 4 BALLYARE DIAMONDS 7 1 1 5 4FOOTBALL: LETTERKENNY & DISTRICT SCHOOLBOYS LEAGUE RESULTS AND TABLES was last modified: January 14th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:FOOTBALL: LETTERKENNY & DISTRICT SCHOOLBOYS LEAGUE RESULTS AND TABLESlast_img read more

DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

first_imgREPORTSSunday 27th March 2016Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division Gweedore Celtic 3 Cappry Rovers 3Despite racing into an early two goal lead Gweedore had to rely on an injury time equaliser from Shane Porter to earn a draw against Cappry. Jamie Boyle had the home team two up in the first ten minutes but Cappry pulled one back through Alan Patton just before the break. One minute into the second half Thomas Diver had a chance to restore his teams two goal advantage but he miss-hit with the goal at his mercy. Cappry went in search of the equaliser and got it from a free kick by Darren O’ Leary with fifteen minutes remaining. Cappry seemed to have grabbed all three points when Colm Melaugh pounced to score in the 90th minute. In injury time a Michael Roarty corner was finished by Porter to level the game. Best for Gweedore were Shane Porter and Eugene Ferry. For Cappry, Darren O’ Leary and Alan PattonMilford United 2 Castlefin Celtic 0Milford United joined Drumoghill F.C. at the top of the Premier Division with a hard fought win over Castlefin on Sunday afternoon. Milford started the game at a blistering pace, playing some of their best football of the season, and were two up at half time, but really should have been further ahead. The first goal came on 15 minutes when Johnny Logue directed a Paul Nash shot in to the corner of the net. PJ Hagan had two glorious chances pushed over the bar by the visiting keeper before he broke on the right side of the field and unleashed a magnificent finish to the bottom corner. Gary Merritt’s excellent free kick hit the post before Hagan again from the right blasted over the bar. Castlefin, in the second half, came more into the game and Milford worked hard to keep them at bay with Johnny Logue and Caolan Mc Gettigan making a few good blocks to keep them out. Merritt, Hagan, Duffy and Serrinha all had good chances to extend the lead. Milford have three games to play and need maximum points to be in with any chance of Silverware. St. Catherines 1 Glenea United 3(No Report Submitted)Drumoghill F.C. P Kildrum Tigers P(Match Postponed)Kilmacrennan Celtic 2 Rathmullan Celtic 2 Kilmacrennan and Rathmullan played out a very evenly contested draw in Letterkenny.Kilmacrennan took the lead after Michael McLaughlin fed Chris Dillon who played a fine through ball to Daire McDaid who raced through and finished well. Rathmullan equalised through a long range effort from Dara Patton and were then awarded a penalty but Jason Hegarty made a fine save. Rathmullan then took the lead through Eamonn Sheridan. Kilmac then lost John Sandilands due to a weakness in his shoulder. The second half was very even bit Kilmacrennan bagged a late equaliser when a Dara McDaid penalty left Mark Gallagher in goal with no chance. It finished 2-2 which was a fair result. Team performances from both sides but Michael McLaughlin took man of the match with another towering display.Temple Domestic Appliances Division OneLifford Celtic 2 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 0Kerrykeel were bright in the first half with a strong wind on their back and had theLifford defence under pressure for periods. They were limited to half chances as Lifford’s hard working back four led by centre half Martin kept them at bay. Lifford took the lead in the first few minutes of the 2nd half as striker Hamilton held the ball up with his back to goal and when spotting the run of his strike partner Colin Carlin played a fine ball over his shoulder to allow Carlin to race clear of the defence and round the keeper before slotting into the net. Lifford got their second on 60 minutes when a shot from Carlin was parried by the keeper and Hamilton was first to react with a finish into the bottom corner. Kerrykeel pushed hard after this to try and get into the game but never really troubled the Lifford keeper. Lifford nearly made it three when a fine move down the left between Carlin and Roulston was almost finished by Mc Nulty at the back post but he headed over. Carlin, Martin and Roulston were the standouts for the Lifford side, team performance from KerrykeelLagan Harps 4 Bonagee United 0 Lagan kept up their title challenge with a home win over local rivals Bonagee. Bonagee went close on two minutes when Austin Marron beat the offside trap. Jason Quinn did well to knock his effort away with his feet. Lagan went close on eight minutes when Kenny Doran headed a corner against the bar. Lagan took the lead on twenty minutes when Mark Hunter diverted a Gerard Hilley shot past the keeper. It was two nil five minutes later when Kenny Doran’s shot was spilled by the keeper who then brought Mark Hunter down as he went for the rebound. Hunter got up to fire home the penalty. Bonagee responded with efforts from Glen Rainey and Austin Marron just off target. Lagan got their third on forty minutes when Chris Toner headed back across goal and Kenny Doran headed in. Glen Rainey then headed against the bar as Bonagee looked to respond. Lagan made it four on halftime when Mark Hunter fired home a Chris Toner cross. The second half started as the first with Austin Marron beating the offside trap. Although he rounded the keeper he shot across goal from a narrow angle. Glen Rainey headed against the bar for Bonagee on sixty minutes and Lagan’s Kevin Kelly hit the post on seventy minutes. Neither team was able to muster a score as the game petered out. For Lagan Seamie People’s, Chris Toner and Mark Hunter were best. For Bonagee Oisin Kelly and Glen Rainey were best. Referee: Micky Mulhern.Donegal Town 5 Keadue Rovers 0Donegal Town dominated this game from start to finish and rarely looked threatened throughout. Danny Mc Garrigle put Donegal ahead after only 3 minutes when he ran onto a short free kick and hammered the ball into the roof of the net from 20 yards. Daniel McHugh doubled Donegal’s lead within 5 minutes. Following a nice one two pass with Joe McIntyre, McHugh tapped the ball in from less than 5 yards. David Graham got Donegal’s third of the first half when he headed Ciaran O’Reilly’s cross into the net from close range. Donegal continued the second half in a similar fashion. Graham converted a Stephen Curneen cross for Donegal’s fourth goal. Joe McIntyre rounded off the scoring for Donegal when he turned his marker and placed the ball neatly into the bottom corner.Cranford United 4 Gweedore United 2Cranford went ahead early when Andrew Kelly turned smartly and fired in from close range. Both teams had good chances to score before the half time whistle but were unable to find the net. Gweedore came out on the attack after the break and were rewarded with the equaliser however Kelly got his second not long after to restore Cranford’s lead, and completed his hat-trick, his third of the season, to give Cranford what looked like a comfortable lead. However, to Gweedore’s credit, they came back fighting and found the net with 15 minutes left to give them a chance, but this was short lived as Caolan McGee broke the offside trap and finished neatly past the keeper.CT Ball Division TwoCopany Rovers 0 Glenree United 4(No Report Submitted)Deele Harps 1 Ballybofey United 0(Remaining 17 minutes from previous match)Deele entertained Ballybofey in odd circumstances at The Athletic Grounds. The powers that be made the decision to resume the action with only the remaining 17 minutes to be played of the game previously abandoned with Deele leading 1-0 through Shane Gallagher’s goal and that’s the way it stayed with Deele withstanding a Ballybofey onslaught as the visitors went for broke. Deele defended as a team and took the points. Team Performances. Referee: Barry HunterREPORTSSaturday 26th March 2016Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve DivisionKeadue Rovers Reserves 3 Cappry Rovers Reserves 0(No Report Available)St. Catherines Reserves 2 Milford United Reserves 2St. Catherines opened the scoring on 35 minutes when Stevie Anderson scored from the penalty spot after a handball in the area. John Joe Mc Ginley put the home team two up on 70 minutes with a neat finish from close range. Kieran Blaney scored on 75 minutes for Milford and James Wilson equalised on 85 minutes after a finish from close range. Good performance from both teams. Referee: George ClintonDrumoghill F.C. Reserves 5 Donegal Town Reserves 4Played in windy conditions this game did not disappoint the fans. Drumoghill just held on as they had a five goal lead before Donegal staged a great comeback. Drumoghill playing with the aid off the wind in the first half took the lead on twenty minutes direct from a Ethan Mc Cready corner. Drumoghill got a second when Mc Cready turned provider with a well-placed cross into Carlos Rodger which he headed home from close range. Drumoghill’s third arrived on forty minutes when John Rodgers hit a screamer from thirty five yards to beat the Donegal net minder. Drumoghill started the second half well and added goal number four through Mark Gibson after John Maddigan played a lovely ball in behind the Donegal defence. Goal number five arrived two minutes later when Liam O’ Donnell chipped the keeper after a great solo run from mid-field. Drumoghill seemed to switch off after this and Donegal got right back into the game with two quick goals from Ted Bustard to give his team a fighting chance. Donegal where now pushing for every ball and got their third goal when Gary Ward reacted well to a loose ball in the Drumoghill box to slot home with ten minutes remaining. Ward was again on the mark in the ninetieth minute from a corner kick slotting home a loose ball at the back post. Good team performances from both teamsVoodoo Venue CupArranmore United 1 Glencar Celtic 1( Glencar Celtic won 4-2 on penalties )Glencar Celtic have booked their Voodoo Venue Cup Final place courtesy of a penalty shoot-out victory over newly crowned League Champions Arranmore United. Glencar’s dominance bore fruit on the hour mark when Declan Scanlon put them into the lead. Their advantage was short-lived however and Michael Mc Hugh was the man who got Gerry Earley’s side level. The game went to penalties and the Letterkenny outfit prevailed.Glenea United Reserves 2 Strand Rovers 0Two Martin Maguire goals in a ten minute second half spell send Tommy Mc Fadden’s Glenea United Reserves into the Voodoo Venue Cup Final where they will face Glencar Celtic. Strand Rovers had a couple of half chances in the match but the Glasserchoo men are having a good season and are also in line for League Honours. The Inaugural Voodoo Venue Cup Final is sure to be an entertaining match between two well-rehearsed sides.RESULTSSaturday 26th March 2016Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve DivisionKeadue Rovers Reserves 3 v 0 Cappry Rovers ReservesSt. Catherines Reserves 2 v 2 Milford United ReservesDrumoghill F.C. Reserves 5 v 4 Donegal Town ReservesVoodoo Venue CupArranmore United 1 v 1 Glencar Celtic( Glencar Celtic won 4-2 on penalties )Glenea United Reserves 2 v 0 Strand RoversSunday 27th March 2016Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionGweedore Celtic 3 v 3 Cappry RoversMilford United 2 v 0 Castlefin CelticSt. Catherines 1 v 3 Glenea UnitedDrumoghill F.C. P v P Kildrum TigersKilmacrennan Celtic 2 v 2 Rathmullan CelticTemple Domestic Appliances Division OneLifford Celtic 2 v 0 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Lagan Harps 4 v 0 Bonagee UnitedDonegal Town 5 v 0 Keadue RoversCranford United 4 v 2 Gweedore UnitedCT Ball Division TwoCopany Rovers 0 v 4 Glenree UnitedDeele Harps 1 v 0 Ballybofey United(Remaining 17 minutes from previous match)FIXTURESWednesday 30th March 2016 K.O. 6.30 p.m. (Unless Stated)Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve DivisionCappry Rovers Reserves v Curragh Athletic ReservesSt. Catherines Reserves v Donegal Town Reserves (K.O. 6.45 p.m.)Saturday 2nd April 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Old Orchard Saturday DivisionArranmore United v Strand Rovers (K.O. 1p.m.)Drumkeen United v Glencar CelticGlencar Inn Saturday Reserve DivisionErne Wanderers Reserves v St. Catherines ReservesMilford United Reserves v Drumoghill F.C. ReservesKeadue Rovers Reserves v Glenea United ReservesCappry Rovers Reserves v Donegal Town ReservesCastlefin Celtic Reserves v Glenree United ReservesSunday 3rd April 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Temple Domestic Appliances Division OneBonagee United v Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Cranford United v Convoy ArsenalGweedore United v Raphoe TownCT Ball Division TwoErne Wanderers v Curragh AthleticCopany Rovers v Deele HarpsBallybofey United v Whitestrand UnitedDunkineely Celtic v Letterbarrow CelticGlenree United v Eany CelticOscar Traynor TrophyClare Junior League v Donegal Junior League, Boora, Co. ClareDONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: March 27th, 2016 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:Donegal Leaguelast_img read more

STATE AWAITING DIRECTIONS FROM DPP ON INISHOWEN ASSAULT SUSPECT

first_imgA MAN accused of stabbing a pensioner in his home will find out on December 16 what charges he will face at his trial.Patrick McLoughlin was stabbed at his home in Convent Road in Carndonagh in May this year.Lee Mitchell, who is 33 and has an address at Windmill Park in Letterkenny, has been charged assault causing harm and with a burglary at another address in Carndonagh on the same day. Inspector David Murphy told Judge Paul Kelly the case was being adjourned until December 16 to await directions from the DPP.STATE AWAITING DIRECTIONS FROM DPP ON INISHOWEN ASSAULT SUSPECT was last modified: October 26th, 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:Carndonaghchargesstabbinglast_img read more

1983 World Cup: Dev’s Devils

first_imgExperience, youth, determination: the Indian team that beat West Indies, Zimbabwe, Australia and England to lift the glittering Prudential trophy had them all. Following are career profiles of the squad that made the miracle at Lord’s possible. As limited overs statistics were not available, Test match figures have been given.Sunil Manohar Gavaskar, 33, has been around for a long time. “Sunny” began with a bang in the West Indies in l971, when he collected 774 against Gary Sobers’s men. Gavaskar, at 5 ft 4| in only a half inch taller than fellow cricketer and brother-in-law G.R. Viswanath, has amassed 7.625 runs in 90 Tests, at an average of 52.23. With 27 centuries, he is only two short of Don Bradman’s world record.Gavaskar’s strength is his copybook technique, and it is this which has enabled him to score two centuries in a Test thrice, become the first Indian to carry the bat in a Test innings -at Faislabad in Pakistan last winter -and be top scorer for India on 30 occasions.Krishnamachari Srikkanth, 23. is a sixes and fours man. A newcomer to international cricket six Tests. 147 runs, average 16.23, highest 65 -he is an ebullient batsman who can tear any attack apart, as he almost did in the Lord’s finals. “Anna’ began his Test career against England. In Pakistan, he didn’t do very well in the Tests, but produced a string of big scores in the other matches. Srikkanth is also a brilliant fielder, with an accurate eye for the run-out chance and a powerful, accurate throw.Dlllp Balwant Vengsarkar, 27. also known as ‘Colonel’ and ‘Sleepy’, is a pillar of the top order, and usually bats at number three. One of the most experienced and battle-hardened members -63 Tests, 3,484 runs at an 37.46 with six centuries -Vengsarkar has time and again made big scores over a respectable length of time to win a match or pull it out of the fire, as at Lord’s in 1979 when he scored a century and saved India from defeat. He can also keep wickets in an emergency.advertisementMohinder Bhardwaj Amarnath, 32, the man of the third Prudential World Cup for India, made his debut as far back as 1969-70, after which he did not play for the country until 1975-76. He was reinstated in 1979, but was dropped again after the England and Australia tours. The great comeback began in Pakistan last year when the “chest-on” stance that ‘Jimmy’ adopted allowed him to tackle Imran with confidence when others were taking regular walks back to the pavillion. The series brought him 584 runs, and the subsequent five Tests in the West Indies another 598-the discard had transformed himself into one of India’s finest batsmen. He now has 2,648 runs from 37 Tests at an average of 44.88 and has hit seven centuries. His casual right arm gentle medium pacers can be deadly, as India’s opponents discovered recently.Mulkraj Yashpal Sharma, 28. is one of the most tenacious batsmen in the side. He made his debut in 1979 and has been dropped from the team once or twice. But ‘Pappu’ has ISt I always made it back into the team, as much for his grit as his fielding- he is a sharp cover fielder. He has played in 33 Tests, amassed 1.550 runs at an average of 36.90, and hit two centuries.Ramlal Nikhanj Kapil Dev, 24, captain of India, is arguably the best all-rounder in the world today-although Ian Botham will no doubt have something to say to that. The statistics say it all: 53 Tests, 2,253 runs, average 32.65, three centuries. (Ian Botham is better on paper: 59 Tests, 3,266 runs, average 36.69, 11 centuries.) Kapil has also taken 206 wickets, at an average of 29.52 runs per wicket. (Here again Botham has an edge: 267 wickets at 24.47 runs apiece.)Kapil has just been chosen as one of Wisden’s five’cricketers of the year 1982. He is the youngest to capture 200 or more Test wickets-only two others have done so before the age of 30-and has thus completed the ‘double double’: 200 wickets and 2,000 runs in Tests. His infectious enthusiasm for the game and ‘lead-from–the-front’ captaincy was in large measure responsible for that incredible moment when he raised the Prudential trophy high in the air on June 25, 1983, at Lord’s.Sandeep Madhusudan Patil, 26, was the man who hit Bob Willis for six fours in an over last year, who hammered 174 off Lillee, Pascoe and company, and whose drive for four off Imran Khan off his knee at Faislabad in Pakistan was considered the best shot of the recent Indo-Pak series. ‘Sandy’ has, in three-odd years, collected 1.254 runs in 20 Tests at an average of 43.24, with three centuries. His style of batting is ideally suited to one-day cricket, as was evident when he drove, pulled and lofted England’s bowlers to score 51 not out to take India to victory in the Prudential semi-final last fortnight.advertisementSyed Mujtaba Husain Kirmani, 33, took over from Farokh Engineer in 1975-76 after a long understudy period. Since then, he has crouched behind the stumps in 69 Tests, scored 2,100 runs at an average of 24.70, with one century. He has also caught 128 batsmen and stumped 32, thus becoming the only Indian wicket-keeper to do the double: 1,000 and more runs and 100 or more victims.As a measure of his experience-of India’s current squad, only Gavaskar has played more Tests-‘Kiri'(also known as ‘Ganga Hassan’) was made vice-captain of the team that toured the West Indies this year but had a lean tour -and the vice-captaincy went to Mohinder. Kirmani has claimed six victims in a Test thrice. He does take off the gloves sometimes: he has bowled one ball in Test cricket but that was a no-ball.Roger Michael Binny, 28, is a useful alU rounder, just how useful came to light last fortnight when his accurate medium pace did a little more than its bit to get India the trophy. He has played nine Tests for the country, scored 198 runs-highest 46-at an unimpressive average of 15.23. But he is an asset for any side, because quite apart from his bowling – 15 Test wickets at 42.13 runs each -he is an excellent fielder. Incidentally, ‘Jackie’ and Sanjay Desai knocked up a record 451 for the first wicket for Karaataka against Kerala in 1977-78-and were still there when the innings was closed, Binny scoring 211 not out.Kirti Bhagwat Jha Azad, 24, made his Test debut in 1980-81 but has not quite lived up to expectations, with 107 runs in four Tests at an average of 17.83. However, his slow off-breaks were invaluable in the World Cup competition, tying spin-shy batsmen to their crease, keeping the run rate down, and capturing some crucial wickets in the process.Madan Lai Udhouram Sharma, 32, is like a rubber ball-he keeps bouncing back into the team and game. ‘Muddy’ is a never-say-die player, extremely competitive on the field, and refuses to .wilt even when his medium pace gets the stick. He “has played in 31 Tests, scoring 762 runs at an average of 20.59. His highest is 55 not out. He is the ideal foil to Kapil Dev in the medium pace attack-64Test wickets at 36.95 runs apiece-and, not the least, he is a brilliant, hard-running fielder-nobody will forget his fantastic catch to dismiss Peter Toohey of Australia at Sydney in the 1977-78 series.Ravi Shankar Jayadrith Shastri, 20, was an emergency recruit in the 1980-81 tour of New Zealand when he was flown down to make up the eleven for the Test at Wellington. Shastri captured three wickets in four balls in that Test and finished the series with 15 wickets at an average of 18. His orthodox left-arm spin had brought him into the side, but his batting soon strengthened his position. In 19 Tests he has taken 42 wickets at about 40 runs each. He has also scored 669 runs, at an average of 30.40, with two centuries.advertisementBalwinder Singh Sandhu, 26, a medium pace bowler, made his mark as a batsman on his debut in Pakistan when he scored 71. ‘Ballu’ is able to swing the ball and this, more than his pace, has accounted for the nine wickets he has taken in seven Tests, at 53.22 runs apiece. He has also scored 206 runs at an average of 34.33.Sunil Valson, 25, was the player whose selection earlier this year for the World Cup squad created a bit of a furore. Ironically, the left arm medium pacer did not play in the tournament.last_img read more

Virat Kohli’s tactical brilliance leaves Shane Watson in awe

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore all-rounder Shane Watson has hit a purple patch after joining the franchise this year. The former Australia star produced a brilliant spell of medium-pace bowling last night to help his team register a thrilling one-run victory over Kings XI Punjab. (Full IPL Coverage/Points Table)Kings XI needed 24 runs off the last two overs and Watson bowled the penultimate over giving away just seven runs to swing the match in RCB’s favor. He finished with figures of 2 for 22 off his full quota of four overs and was adjudged Man of the Match for a sterling performance that kept his team’s chances alive in the IPL.Experience paying off for RCBThe 34-year-old, who joined RCB this season, lauded his skipper Virat Kohli after the match and said that the combined experience of Kohli, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle has had a terrific impact on his performance on the field.”To have AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle as starting point as well, with all their experience and knowledge on the game of cricket is helpful. Virat gets the best out of everything that we have got.”So I think we are very privileged here at RCB to have so much of quality experience and knowledge on the game of cricket. So (we’ll) just try and continue to get the best of ourselves,” Watson told iplt20.com after a gripping contest played at the PCA stadium in Mohali.’Kohli open to different ideas’Praising his skipper, Watson said that Kohli as a leader, is brilliant with his tactics on the field, “Virat is extremely open to our thoughts and opinions on certain things. He has always got some thoughts and tactically he is very good as well. Virat has been using me in one over spells early on in the innings and then more towards the back end depending on where it suits the team the most. I am happy to bowl anywhere Virat (needs me).”advertisement”He instills lot of confidence in me, he lets me sort of choose the balls and allows me to set my fields accordingly as well – with his input a lot of the time as well. It’s been great to work under him and he’s using me very nicely. So I’m having a lot of fun doing it,” he added. (Shane Watson stars as Bangalore beat Punjab by 1 run)Humble Watson The 19th over bowled by Watson actually helped Chris Jordan defend 17 runs off the last over. But as one of the senior pros in the side, Watson chose to give credit to the other bowlers.”I think just about every over is very crucial. The way the games pan out if you are able to hold momentum or to get a bit of momentum go your way at any stage – whether it is batting innings or the bowling innings – every over really counts.”So I don’t see that (19th) over being any more important than the others that I have bowled throughout the time.”last_img read more

Paul Pogba to return for Manchester United vs Crystal Palace

first_imgPaul Pogba will return for Manchester United for Sunday’s home game against Crystal Palace after missing the last two matches due to the death of his father, manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday.The Portuguese is focusing on next Wednesday’s Europa League final against Dutch side Ajax and is set to field a youthful team for the largely meaningless final game of the Premier League season.With United sixth in the domestic league and unable to finish in the top four, the Europa League is Mourinho’s only hope of securing Champions League football next season.But he told reporters that midfielder Pogba, the world’s most expensive player, would feature at Old Trafford.”Paul Pogba is fine. Strong guy. Strong mentality. He needs to play on Sunday because he has not trained or played for a while,” Mourinho said after the Frenchman joined the players at an open training session.The manager said he did not know whether England striker Wayne Rooney would feature.Chris Smalling would be absent, and missed training on Friday, but is expected to be fit for Wednesday while Marouane Fellaini was “a question mark” with United waiting on a scan after he suffered a hamstring injury.”Tim Fosu-Mensah plays Sunday and if the reaction is good and if he manages to play the game without problems, then he’s an option for us for the final,” said Mourinho.last_img read more

The gloves are off between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel

first_imgThe gloves are off and the fight is on between Formula One title rivals Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.Sunday’s explosive Azerbaijan Grand Prix more than made up for last year’s dull race in Baku, bursting the budding ‘bromance’ and replacing it with something much more heavyweight. (Formula 1: Daniel Ricciardo wins chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix)Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said as much after a crazy afternoon that saw mutual respect and camaraderie tossed aside amid angry accusations.”Nobody wanted to see the schmoozing anyway, so now the gloves are off,” the Austrian told Sky Sports television after Hamilton had dubbed the Ferrari driver a “disgrace” and suggested they sort things out “face to face”. (Azerbaijan GP: Record-breaker Lance Stroll realises Formula One dream)”The sport needs the rivalry. What we have seen today is the ingredient of a great championship,” said Wolff.The most memorable seasons have been fuelled by controversy, passion and a fierce rivalry sometimes spilling into outright enmity.Baku, with the championship favourites colliding and a podium of drivers who could scarcely believe their luck, provided enough drama to keep the championship bubbling away for months to come.In Spain last May, Hamilton had spoken about how enjoyable it was to be battling a rival who was not a team mate — his main opponent for the past three seasons — and the admiration he felt for Vettel’s speed and consistency.The Briton had warned then, however, that it might not last and on Sunday he was proven right.advertisementBATTLE LINESThe battle lines were drawn the moment Vettel went into the back of Hamilton’s Mercedes during the second of three safety car periods, the German shaking his fists and pulling alongside to bang wheels in a gesture that looked a lot like ‘road rage’.The frustrated and angry man of 2016, who raged at rivals and had to apologise to race director Charlie Whiting in Mexico last November after an expletive-laden radio rant, was back.The stewards were clear in apportioning blame, imposing a 10 second stop-and-go penalty on the German for steering into Hamilton.The championship leader, now 14 points clear of Hamilton after finishing fourth to the Briton’s fifth, was also given three penalty points which could prove significant.They bring Vettel’s tally in the last 12 months to nine and means another such sanction in Austria in two weeks’ time would trigger an automatic race ban for the following round at Silverstone.There were some who felt such a penalty should have been applied already, even if the moment of madness ultimately cost Vettel a victory that would have fallen into his lap after Hamilton had to pit to fix a loose head rest.”Deliberately driving into another driver and getting away pretty much scot-free as he still came fourth, I think that’s a disgrace. I think he disgraced himself today,” said triple champion Hamilton.”Imagine all the young kids that are watching Formula One today and see that kind of behaviour from a four-time world champion. I think that says it all.”Vettel’s assertion that Hamilton had ‘brake-tested’ him, by slowing so suddenly that the Ferrari ran into the back of the Mercedes, was also undermined by the evidence.The governing FIA confirmed that Hamilton’s car data showed he “maintained a consistent speed and behaved in the same manner on that occasion as in all the other re-starts during the race”.Mercedes non-executive director and retired triple champion Niki Lauda said he had never seen anything like it.”Vettel is a decent guy normally. This I don’t understand. He is crazy. Lewis will hit him one day. Not with the car but with his fist,” he said.last_img read more

Women’s World Boxing Championship: Mary Kom storms into final after beating Kim Hyang Mi

first_imgThe legendary MC Mary Kom remained on course for an unprecedented sixth gold after beating North Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi to reach the 48kg final in the Women’s World Boxing Championship in New Delhi on Thursday.The 35-year-old five-time world champion beat her North Korean opponent in the semifinals.Mary Kom drew her strength from the vast reservoir of nearly two decades of boxing while the North Korean’s USP was her aggression and quick movement which was witnessed on Tuesday when she pummelled her South Korean opponent Chorong Bak.Also Read – Former world champion boxer Petrova reprimanded for accusing judges of corruptionAlready assured of a record seventh medal, Mary Kom is, without a doubt, one of the most successful woman pugilists in the event’s history.Mary Kom had entered the event with a remarkable tally of five gold medals and a silver to her credit. She last won a world championship medal in 2010 — a 48kg category gold.Also read – Women’s World Championships: Mary Kom and three others enter semis, assure medalsMary Kom’s team of support! @MangteC celebrates her SF win with her team of coaches (L-R: physio, coaches Chotala and Ali Qamar.) Indeed a proud moment for all of them to attain this success! #PunchMeinHainDum #AIBA #boxing pic.twitter.com/8VWHley1lYBoxing Federation (@BFI_official) November 22, 2018Before this World Championships, the Manipuri was tied with Irish legend Katie Taylor (five gold and a bronze) on the number of medals won. Taylor now plies her trade in the professional circuit.advertisementThe ‘Magnificent Mary’ had already beaten Kim in their last meeting at the summit clash of the Asian Championships last year and the Manipuri veteran sounded confident of a win again.Meanwhile, there was disappointment in store for another Indian pugilist as Lovlina Borgohain settled for the bronze medal after losing her semi-final bout against Chen Nien-Chin of Taiwan in the 69gk category.Two other Indians in fray, Sonia (57kg) and Simranjit Kaur (64kg) will turn out in their semifinals on Friday, and both were prepared for their respective bouts.(With IANS inputs)Also Watch – India start tour of Australia with four-wicket loss in first T20Ilast_img read more

Will Pucovski released from Australia squad due to mental health concerns

first_imgHighly-rated Australia batsman Will Pucovski, who will turn 21 on Saturday, has been released from the Test squad playing Sri Lanka due to mental health concerns, the country’s cricket board said on Friday.Pucovski played just eight first-class matches but scored 243 for Victoria earlier this season before he opted to take a break from the game to receive treatment for a mental health-related illness.”Will Pucovski has been released from the men’s Test squad and will return home to Melbourne to continue managing his wellbeing,” Cricket Australia Doctor Richard Saw said in a statement from the board.”He reported some challenges over the past few days, and the decision has been made that the best thing for Will’s welfare is for him to return home to Melbourne.”Will has been proactive in this process and while he has made significant progress, he feels this is the best course of action to get ready to play cricket for Victoria.”Pucovski consulted his family and Cricket Victoria before arriving at the decision, the board said.”Will’s decision to speak up and continue to ask for assistance in managing his ongoing mental health is extremely positive,” Saw added.”Cricket Australia and Cricket Victoria will continue to support Will, and we kindly ask that Will’s privacy is respected so he can continue working towards a return to Premier Cricket and the next round of First Class cricket.”Pucovski did not make the team for Australia’s first-Test victory in Brisbane and was also overlooked for the ongoing second and final Test against Sri Lanka at the Manuka Oval.advertisementAlso Watch:last_img read more

Licence to attack is key to India’s wrist-spin success: Yuzvendra Chahal

first_imgYuzvendra Chahal has forged a formidable wrist-spin partnership for India with Kuldeep Yadav and the leg-spinner believes their success, to a large extent, is due to their freedom to attack relentlessly even when bleeding runs.The duo have emerged as India’s frontline spinners who hunt in tandem as was displayed in India’s 4-1 one-day series victory in New Zealand where they shared 17 wickets even though Yadav was rested in the final match.Known for his guile and control, Chahal said he and Yadav enjoyed freedom from the team management to keep attacking at every stage of a game.”Both Kuldeep and I are wicket-taking bowlers,” the 28 year-old Chahal, who along with left-arm unorthodox spinner Yadav is set to spearhead India’s spin challenge in World Cup, told the Hindustan Times daily.”We possess a lot of variations between us. Even when we are going for runs, the mandate is that we have to go for wickets as that can dent the opposition.”We have the freedom to go for wickets and always go for them. In the middle overs, if you keep chipping in with wickets you can cover even if you have gone for runs early on.”The wrist-spinners appear to have addressed India’s slow bowling worries in recent times but Chahal said spin all-rounder Kedar Jadhav could also play an important role.”… someone like Kedar is important. He can give you the sixth bowler’s option, can fill in overs if someone is going for runs and can also be given full quota if need arises,” Chahal said.advertisement”He has a different action and has a lot of variations. His deliveries stay low and are difficult to score of as the batsmen can’t get underneath them.”Also Read | Hardik Pandya ruled out of Australia series due to back injuryAlso Read | Let India beat Pakistan and ensure they don’t advance in World Cup: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | India’s strength at the World Cup lies in their fast bowling unit: Zaheer KhanAlso Read | Keep Pakistan out of Cricket World Cup, BCCI to tell ICC in wake of Pulwama terror attacklast_img read more