Wednesday 21 March 2018

T20 fate rests on Namibia tie

CRICKET: Victory over Namibia today will earn Ireland a place in the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka and the final of the ICC tournament against Afghanistan.

Namibia caused an upset in the early stages of the ICC World Twenty20 competition when they beat Ireland but William Porterfield's side have been unbeaten since and will be out for revenge.

They set up today's semi-final appearance as they comfortably chased down 114-7 with 20 balls to spare against the Netherlands yesterday.

Kevin O'Brien was the star of yesterday's success as he claimed 2-17 before completing the chase with an unbeaten 30 from 22 balls.

Katie's big win

Michelle Lynch, Dervla Duffy, Sarah Close and Claire Grace also had their hands raised in victory. Lynch edged out Bianca Elmir 42-41 on a countback following a 14-14 tie.

Price leading

GOLF: Former Ryder Cup hero Phillip Price has a real chance to re-ignite his career after a second round 66 at the Hassan Trophy in Morocco.

Strong winds prevented any play before 1pm, but the 45-year-old Welshman then moved onto the 10-under-par halfway total of 134. He is one ahead of Spaniard Jose Manuel Lara overnight, although the round has still to be completed. First day leader Damien McGrane managed only five holes and parred them all to remain seven under, three shots off the lead.

Di heat is on!

FORMULA ONE: Paul di Resta is braced for a battle against "cruel" temperatures at the toughest grand prix of the season this weekend.

The race in Malaysia has become renowned for its heat and humidity. As an indicator, yesterday's temperatures hit 31°C during the two 90-minute practice sessions, with humidity at a peak of 62pc. "Each year you return, you just can't imagine how people can live here all year. It's cruel," he said. "In the cockpit, it's probably 15-16°C hotter than it is outside."

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