The Sport Matrix: Monday 5 August 2013


Prior: Players left frustrated by DRS inaccuracies

England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has admitted the players’ frustrations with the inaccuracies of the DRS system, with the current Ashes series beset by controversial decisions.

Yesterday’s action in the third Test at Old Trafford included Australia’s David Warner being given not out, despite evidence suggesting he had been caught behind. “There was disbelief because he hit it, and that’s why we referred it,” Prior, above, said. “We were adamant he had hit it and Snicko showed he had hit it. The decision didn’t go our way.

“It’s pretty frustrating for everyone. Whether the technology needs to be looked at, or how they use it, I don’t know. For the players at the moment, that is the biggest frustration.”

Australia ended day four on 172 for 7, a lead of 331 – although rain is forecast for today’s final day. MORE

Halsall earns bronze at worlds

Fran Halsall secured Great Britain’s first medal in the pool at the world championships in Barcelona. Halsall, 23, failed to get a medal in the 50m butterfly on Saturday but her time of 24.30 seconds was enough for bronze behind winner Ranomi Kromowidjojo.

Murray eager for hard court return

Andy Murray is looking forward to returning to action on the hard courts in this week’s Montreal Masters. “I was the first Brit to win this a few years back in Montreal,” the Scot said. “So it would be great to do it again this year.” MORE

Moonlight shines on Deauville track

Moonlight Cloud broke the track record as she saw off Lethal Force with a coruscating exhibition at Deauville. She cruised over six and a half furlongs before clearing away by just under two lengths. MORE

Rovers save Best until last in draw

Leon Best volleyed home in the final minute to secure Blackburn Rovers a 1-1 draw at Derby County in their Championship season opener yesterday. Debutant Jamie Russell had given Nigel Clough’s side the lead from the penalty spot after an Alex Marrow handball. MORE

Stacy’s run secures St Andrews title

A late surge from Stacy Lewis won the American her second major title as she took the British Women’s Open at St Andrews by two shots yesterday. South Korean Inbee Park, going for her fourth straight major, could only finish 42nd. MORE

Bristol beat Toffees to hit the summit

Bristol Academy overcame Everton 3-2 to move to the top of the Super League table yesterday. Elsewhere, Chelsea, with Japanese World Cup winner Yuki Ogimi on debut, thrashed basement club Doncaster 4-0, while Birmingham were 2-1 victors at Lincoln.

Huddersfield rout sorry Salford

Jermaine McGillvary and Jamie Cording both went over twice as Huddersfield thrashed Salford 46-4 to return to the top of  Super League yesterday. The hosts led 28-0 at the interval and ran in eight tries in total as Salford wilted. MORE

Opinion: James Lawton

Michael Clarke has, with all due respect to centurion Kevin Pietersen and the consistent Ian Bell, reannounced himself as arguably the classiest batsman in either dressing room. MORE

Poyet prepared for Brighton court case

Former Brighton & Hove Albion manager Gus Poyet admits the dispute over his sacking by the club is likely to end up in court. “I totally disagree with every allegation and accusation the club has put on me,” the Uruguyan said. “It is the best way for the truth to come out.”

Late penalty goal frustrates England

A late Netherlands penalty corner denied England a first win in the NOW: Pensions Nations Cup. Brian Church’s side conceded the spot-kick to Mink van der Weerden and the game ended 4-4. “We improved over the week,” claimed Church.