SYDNEY, Australia (CMC): West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell made an emphatic start to his Big Bash campaign, snatching three wickets to help fire Sydney Thunder to a convincing 36-run victory over Sydney Sixers in the opening game yesterday. With Sixers chasing 159 for victory at the Sydney Showground Stadium, pacer Russell claimed three for 13 in a brilliant four-over spell to limit their scoring and reduce them to 122 all out off 19.5 overs. Opener Michael Lumb struck 34 from 27 deliveries, with four fours, but he was only one of four players in double figures and the only one to pass 14. Medium pacer Shane Watson claimed three for 13 from two overs. Sixers looked to be getting off to a good start when Lumb posted 28 off 21 balls with Brad Haddin, who made 13. However, Haddin, looking to play an attacking stroke, was bowled middle stump by a full-length delivery from Russell, with the third ball of his first over. In his next over – the sixth of the innings – Russell bowled captain Nic Maddinson for seven with the score on 37 for two; and the innings never really recovered. Earlier, captain Mike Hussey struck an unbeaten 80 off 59 deliveries, with five fours and four sixes as Thunder made 158 for four after opting to bat first. He put on 72 for the fourth wicket with Ben Rohrer, whose 30 came from 20 balls. Russell finished unbeaten on four off five deliveries.
DEAN RACES HOME IN FIRSTBY PATSY McGONAGLE: Nothing better than coming home in front when the race is in your home town . Thats the neat story from club member local man student at Lyit Dean Toland as he raced to victory in St Johnston in the opening event in the Lifford 5k Series.The local athlete who in fact had won the corrresponding event in 2012 came home in 16.23 with Foyle Valley’s Adrian Mc Gowan second in 16.51. Dean has to build on this victory.There is another in the series in Raphoe this Sunday again the organisers welcome pre entry as we in Finn Valley do for our Series that kicks off Feb 17th. It’s an education process getting the many thousands of people out there walking/running to pre enter when that opportunity is available. In this case please hit firstname.lastname@example.org re Feb 17th where its an 11 am startOisin Gallen will have gained immensely from his exposure to international competition in Celtic x country u 17 ,Cardiff at the weekend finishing in the thirties.Sarah Collins has returned to US this week and will run a few indoor races with her main emphasis Q for European juniors in the Summer.This Saturday its War Memorial x country in Lurgan with Indoor AAI Games in new indoor facility Athlone I T Sunday. A reminder that the floodlit meeting at Finn Valley kicks off Wed Jan 30th registration from 6pm an opportunity to engage in competition pre indoor champ season comes round . All North West clubs have beeen notified. ATHLETICS: PATSY McGONAGLE’S FINN VALLEY AC NEWS was last modified: January 21st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:ATHLETICS: PATSY McGONAGLE’S FINN VALLEY AC NEWS