The Sports Matrix: Monday 26 September 2011


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Poor batting gives Windies victory

A dismal display with the bat saw England collapse to a 25-run Twenty20 defeat against West Indies at The Oval, leaving the two-match series tied 1-1. Chasing 114 to win, just four England batsman made double figures as they were bowled out for 88.

Radcliffe impresses in comeback race

Paula Radcliffe returned to a marathon course for the first time since 2009 with an impressive showing in Berlin, posting her fastest time for four years. The 37-year-old comfortably cleared the qualifying standard for next year’s London Olympics. MORE

Cavendish clinches road race title

Mark Cavendish secured Great Britain’s biggest success for 46 years as he won the men’s road race at the World Championship. The 26-year-old prevailed in a dramatic sprint finish in Copenhagen to finish ahead of Matt Goss and Andre Greipel. MORE

Defeat leaves Scotland on brink

A late missed drop goal consigned Scotland to a 13-12 defeat against Argentina in Auckland, leaving their hopes of making the last eight hanging in the balance. The Scots now need to beat England on Saturday to have any chance of reaching the quarter-finals. MORE

Late Europe charge wins Solheim Cup

Europe wrestled the Solheim Cup from the US for the first time in eight years with a late surge at Killeen Castle. Trailing with four matches left, three rookies won their matches, while World No 2 Suzann Pettersen birdied her last three against Michelle Wie. MORE

Superb Sebastian shines in Singapore

Sebastian Vettel recorded his ninth victory in 14 races to move to within a whisker of retaining his driver’s championship. The German won from pole and now requires just a single point from his five remaining races to take the title again. MORE

Opinion: James Lawton

Scotland can again whip up old grievances along with the recent one that it was an English referee, Wayne Barnes, who dismissed claims Argentina’s Felipe Contepomi was offside when he rushed Dan Parks. MORE

Late Dunne mistake rescues point for QPR

An stoppage-time own-goal by Richard Dunne earned Queen’s Park Rangers a point against Aston Villa at Loftus Road yesterday, taking the home side back into the top half of the table. Barry Bannan had earlier put Aston Villa ahead from the penalty spot after Gabriel Agbonlahor was pulled back by Armand Traoré. The left-back was later dismissed after flying in on Marc Albrighton. MORE