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Dwyer seeks improvement Mickelson seeks San Diego lead

CRICKET: Ireland coach Matt Dwyer gave his young guns an overall "seven out of 10" for their U19 World Cup campaign after it ended with a 195-run drubbing by Bangladesh in the Plate Championship final.

Unable to prevent one of the pre-tournament favourites racking up 307-8 from their 50 overs after putting them into bat, Ireland failed to mount anything near a challenge as they were skittled for 112, Kamrul Islam Rabbi mopping up the last three wickets with a hat-trick.

Reaching the Plate final had guaranteed a best-ever 10th place in the rankings, but the goal of beating a Test-playing nation for the first time at this level failed in New Zealand.

While Bangladesh have twice lost to the senior Ireland side at World Cups, they are a different proposition at youth level and came within a whisker of beating both West Indies and finalists Pakistan in the toughest group.

"It was disappointing that we never managed to put together all the elements of our game at the same time. We just weren't consistent enough," said Dwyer.



Proper to stick with long jump

ATHLETICS: Kelly Proper's new Irish long-jump record of 6.62m in Vienna has sealed her place in next month's World Indoors and, she says, is why she's not tempted by a heptathlon switch.

Irish fans will see the talented Waterford star in action at the National Indoors in Belfast in a week's time and, in the coming month, she's also looking to compete in the Birmingham GP on February 20.

"A lot of people switch to heptathlon when they're not doing well in their individual event, but I am very happy with it (the long jump)," she said.

Elsewhere the 26th AXA Raheny Five Mile race takes place on Sunday at 3pm, with juvenile races (€5) from 2.15pm.



Mickelson seeks San Diego lead

GOLF: Phil Mickelson is looking forward to making his move up the leaderboard in his second round at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego today.

Mickelson got his year's campaign under way last night with an opening round of 70 on the south course at Torrey Pines.

"I was a more cautious (in round one) because I didn't want to make many mistakes," Mickelson said. "I'm hoping I play better tomorrow and shoot a low score on the North (course), good enough to get myself in contention for the weekend."

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