Sport In Brief: Stirling goes on rampage as Ireland qualify for T20
Sunday 25 March 2012
Ireland have qualified for the World Twenty20 after winning the qualifying event in Dubai. First they beat Namibia by nine wickets, restricting them to 94 for 6 and needing only 61 balls to reach their target, Paul Stirling 59 off 32 balls.
In the final Afghanistan's Mohammad Shahzad (77) allowed his side to reach 152 for 7 but Stirling kept up his assault, smashing the second fastest fifty in T20 history off 17 balls. He went on to 79 off 38 balls as the Irish won by five wickets with seven balls to spare. Both sides go through – Afghanistan join England's group with India while Ireland are in the same pool as Australia and West Indies.
Diving: Daley has to settle for silver
Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield both finished in the medals in the final of the men's 10m platform at the Fina World Series in Beijing. Daley, the 2009 world champion, started strongly but was powerless to prevent China's Qiu Bo from overhauling him and had to settle for silver with a total of 541.15pts. Waterfield recovered from a slow start to secure bronze with a total score of 531.80. The pair also combined to take silver in the 10m platform synchro.
Cycling: Millar's hopes hit by surgery
David Millar underwent surgery yesterday after fracturing his right collarbone in a crash while competing in Belgium. The 35-year-old Scottish cyclist, who is waiting to hear if can appear at the London Olympics after being banned for doping, was taking part in the E3 Harelbeke race for his team Garmin-Barracuda. "I'm obviously terribly disappointed," he said. "The beginning of my season was based around the next three weeks of racing."
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