Russell fails to spark in Big Bash opener

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC): West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell made an under-whelming start to the latest edition of the Big Bash League as reigning champions Sydney Thunder crashed to a nine-wicket defeat in the curtain-raiser here yesterday. Playing at the Sydney Showground Stadium, Thunder rallied to 159 for eight off their 20 overs and then watched as their city rivals Sydney Sixers strolled to their target with two overs to spare. Last season, Thunder won the same opening fixture comfortably. Sent in, Thunder were lifted by debutant opener Ryan Gibson’s top score of 53 from 43 deliveries, while Pat Cummins, batting at number nine, smashed three sixes in a 20-ball 30. Gibson and Englishman Eoin Morgan (26) put on 55 for the second wicket to steer Thunder to 71 for one before five wickets tumbled for 15 runs, to leave the innings in tatters at 86 for six in the 12th over. Russell, coming in at number six, slammed two fours from nine balls before falling to a catch at the wicket off left-arm seamer Doug Bollinger off an under-edge in the 12th over. In reply, Sixers were powered by unbeaten half-centuries from captain Moises Henriques, who made 76, and opener Daniel Hughes, who made 54, as they easily chased their target. Henriques, who struck seven fours and four sixes, put on 45 for the first wicket with England’s Jason Roy (27) and then 115 with Hughes in an unbroken, second-wicket partnership. Russell took the only wicket to fall, drawing Roy into a false stroke off a slower delivery and having him caught at mid-on in the sixth over.last_img read more


first_imgA judge has told a Falcarragh man he needs to get straight ‘A’s in his probation report when he comes before him again or he could face jail.Manus Doohan, 19, of Ballina, appeared at Falcarragh District Court charged with a number of offences including assault and causing criminal damage.They included striking the owner of Josie’s Bar, Josie Gallagher, and also putting a gas cylinder through the window of a taxi-rank after asking local Gardai to arrest him. On another occasion, Doohan, the youngest of five boys, was found in a ditch by Gardai and claimed he had been the victim of a hit and run and was seriously injured.But when Garda traveled to Letterkenny General Hospital to check on him, they discovered he had not been injured at all.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher told the court that drink was the problem with his client but that he had been dry since last July and hadn’t gone out since.The court was told that Doohan was facing a total of 23 charges before the court.Judge Paul Kelly said a number of those charges related to offences which were committed on bail for other offences.“I heard all this in April 2011 and I decided he was a young man worthy of being given an opportunity to see how things go but within a month he is engaged in assault and public order matters.“You are building up a lot of trouble for yourelf and given numerous opportunities to adjust your behaviour but you seem determined to throw it back in our faces. You are on bail and it doesn’t seem to be changing,” said Judge Kelly.He adjourned the matter until April 17th but warned Doohan it was his final chance.“I am strongly considering a custodial sentence for the offence committed on bail. If his behaviour is good I might be persuaded to suspend it but depends on him getting straights A’s in his probation report and that he is doing something about alcohol,” warned the judge.* Comments on this article are closed as the case is ongoing.JUDGE TELLS FALCARRAGH MAN HE NEEDS STRAIGHT ‘A’s OR FACE JAIL was last modified: January 17th, 2013 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:assaultcourtcriminal damageFalcarraghJudge Paul KellyManus Doohanlast_img read more