Dutch oust Ireland with shock win

first_img With Holland needing to win inside 14.2 overs to qualify for the main draw, Myburgh was particularly explosive, thumping Andy McBrine for three successive sixes in the second over. The left-hander repeated the trick off Alex Cusack, whose first three balls sailed over the rope as he conceded 22 in his only over, before Myburgh brought up his half-century off just 17 balls with a four down the ground. Borren was no slouch, but after whacking back-to-back fours off O’Brien, he fell for 31 after carving the bowler to George Dockrell, who took the catch from over his head while running back from point. Myburgh then thumped Dockrell for six over midwicket, but when attempting to repeat the trick, could only find Ed Joyce on the boundary rope to depart for a sensational 63 off 23 balls, which included four fours and seven maximums. Holland’s challenge looked to be faltering slightly when Logan van Beek gave O’Brien his second wicket, but Tom Cooper amazingly hammered four successive sixes in Dockrell’s 11th over. Cooper’s charge was halted five runs shy of a half-century when he plugged the 15th ball he faced, off Tim Murtagh, to deep square-leg, but by then the result was not in doubt. Wesley Barresi’s powerful six left the Dutch needing seven off six to qualify before the wicketkeeper-batsman (40 not out) completed the job with three balls to spare with another crushing maximum. It was a stunning finish to squash previously unbeaten Ireland’s hopes after they had entered the clash knowing they only needed to win to join South Africa, Sri Lanka, England and New Zealand in Group One. With both sides needing victory to reach the tournament proper, William Porterfield’s men posted what appeared to be a decent total after being put into bat, with Andrew Poynter’s half-century and a trademark late blast from Kevin O’Brien guiding them to 189 for four. However, their efforts were blown out of the water by the Dutchmen, who blasted 19 sixes in total and chased down the total with 37 balls to spare, with opening pair Peter Borren and Stephan Myburgh laying the platform in the first six overs of the reply with a 91-run partnership. After losing the toss, Ireland captain Porterfield started in convincing fashion, with a four-six off Ahsan Malik. The left-hander then found the boundary rope twice more in the same over opening partner Paul Stirling thick-edged to point off Timm van der Gugten. Porterfield then slapped Swart over long-on for six, but fell for 47 in the 10th over after being bowled advancing down the track to Ahsan. Joyce contributed 28 off 25 balls before he was run out, but that only brought together Poynter and O’Brien, who put on 101 for the fourth wicket in 7.3 overs. The two found the boundary rope with alarming regularity, with Poynter plundering four fours and as many sixes in his 57 off 38 balls, while O’Brien smashed 42 off 16 balls. However, it proved to be all in vain as, with nothing to lose, Dutch courage prevailed. Press Association Shell-shocked Ireland were dumped out of the ICC World Twenty20 as Holland qualified for the main stages of the competition after their daring batsmen guided them to a six-wicket win in Sylhet.last_img read more

Women of Troy top conference poll

first_imgFresh off of their second national title in four years, the USC women’s water polo team topped the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation’s preseason poll. Four times since Jovan Vavic became the head coach of the men’s and women’s water polo teams at USC, he’s been able to coach both teams to a national championship in the same school year (1998-99, 2003-04, 2009-2010 and 2012-13).Fearless leader · Coach Jovan Vavic has the opportunity to win national titles in men’s and women’s water polo for the fifth time. – Corey Marquetti | Daily Trojan The poll predicts that Vavic is likely to accomplish the feat for a fifth time. After winning the national title with the men’s team this past December, the MPSF preseason poll narrowly predicted USC women’s team to finish first in the conference that has won every national championship since water polo became sanctioned as a varsity sport by the NCAA in 2001.Much like last year’s national championship game, the team finished just a hair ahead of second-place Stanford. The Women of Troy beat Stanford 10-9 in overtime in last year’s national title bout and received four out of seven first place votes in the poll, with Stanford receiving the other three.UCLA finished third in the poll, indicating that little has changed in the national landscape of women’s water polo in the last two decades. USC, UCLA and Stanford have combined to win all 13 of the national titles in the sport’s history, and the runner-up has also come from the trio 11 of those times.Two years ago, it was Stanford that squeaked past USC in the 2012 title bout with a 6-4 win. But USC had the upper hand against the Cardinal in the 2010 final, which the Women of Troy also won 10-9.Junior driver and last year’s MPSF player of the year Monica Vavic, daughter of the head coach, returns from last year’s team along with senior All-Americans Flora Bolonyai, Kaleigh Gilchrist, Madeline Rosenthal and Kelly Mendoza.The Women of Troy open competition at the Triton Invitational in San Diego on Feb. 8. The team will also unveil the new Uytengsu Aquatics Center on March 7 against CSU Bakersfield.last_img read more

Star Lager Unveils First Ever Football Kit for “Unmissable” Match

first_imgStar Lager has unveiled its first ever football kit at a special event hosted on the 29th of March, 2019. The blue and yellow kits mark the beginning of a new era for Star Lager, as they will be worn for the first time during “Unmissable” match on the 16th of April, 2019.At the event, Star also made another big announcement, as it unveiled Nigerian Pop music star – Tiwa Savage as the first female brand ambassador for Star Radler. She joins international superstar – Burna Boy on the roaster of musical acts currently associated with the Star Brand.The launch of the new kits was accompanied by the announcement of Star’s involvement in the “Unmissable” match. The football game will feature one of the game’s most iconic defenders – Carles Puyol and the Star team which will be made up of some of the brand’s most loyal consumers as well as past and present football players like the great Austin Jay Jay Okocha. The exciting blue and yellow design, inspired by some of the most brilliant and bold kits the world over, is a simple, yet elegant design.Fans can expect the Star team to take the field wearing the brand new kits when the “Unmissable” Match is played on the 16th of April at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, as part of the UEFA Champions League Tour.Speaking on the launch of the new kits, Portfolio Manager, National Premium brands, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Sarah Agha remarked – “Over the years, Star Lager Beer has been all about inspiring Nigerian to greater things, and we recognize how passionate Nigerians are about our football. We wanted to share in this passion and celebrate our love for the beautiful game with this first of a kind jersey. We hope football fans love it, we hope our consumers love it, and we can’t wait to see our Star team take the field wearing the new kits.”In addition to the Super Eagles, Star Lager Beer is the official beer partner for seven European clubs; Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Juventus, Real Madrid, Paris Saint- Germain (PSG) and FC Barcelona.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more