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Monday 18 December 2017

Mooney stars in Kenya whitewash

CRICKET: A nerveless final over from John Mooney secured Ireland a two-run win over Kenya and a 3-0 success in the Twenty20 series.

Having made a modest 107 for nine, Ireland started well in the field only for Collins Obuya (42) and Tanmay Mishra (37) to give the hosts a chance.

Seven were needed off the last over and Mooney conceded just four, as well as taking a wicket.

Ireland's innings started in the worst possible fashion, with Paul Stirling run out off the first ball of the day without facing.

Only Gary Wilson, with 32 off 38 balls, and Ed Joyce, who scored 38 off 46, reached double figures as Shem Ngoche returned four for 14.

Tailender Boyd Rankin (seven not out) nudged the side past three figures but the total looked a small one.

F1: Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi was the fastest driver as the second pre-season test ended in Barcelona yesterday, with the big guns giving little away about who was really the most competitive.

The Japanese driver set his best time of one minute 22.312 seconds on soft tyres in practice qualifying before the lunch break, with the team focusing on longer runs in the afternoon. He completed a total of 145 laps.

Jenson Button, Britain's 2009 world champion, was fourth for McLaren ahead of Brazilian Felipe Massa in the Ferrari and Australian Mark Webber, who completed a full race simulation on Thusday for champions Red Bull.

TENNIS: Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki lost in the semi-finals of the Dubai Tennis Championships, falling to Julia Goerges 7-6 7-5. The former top-ranked Dane led 4-2 in the second set before Goerges regained control to close out the match in just over two hours.

Goerges will face Agnieszka Radwanska in the final Saturday after the Polish player Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 6-2, 2-6, 6-0 in the first semi-final.

Meanwhile, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 7-5 yesterday to reach the semi-finals of the Open 13.

SWIMMING: Five more countries have chosen Dublin as a training base for the London Olympics.

South Korea's swimming team will train in the National Aquatic Centre in March, while individual swimmers from Poland, Venezuela, Surinam and the Cayman Islands are scheduled to use the facility in July.

Some 30 swimmers and seven coaches from South Korea will set up camp at Blanchardstown's Carlton Hotel from March 11-20.

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