It’s all starting to look rosy for Yorkshire County Cricket Club, isn’t it? A month or so ago, their test team secured promotion back to the top flight after a brief lull, albeit not as champions. The Twenty20 side had narrowly missed out on winning the Friends Life T20 trophy, but put up a valiant fight in a strong competition. Now, mere days after the end of the world’s biggest limited overs competition, Yorkshire are back in action with a bang.
Yorkshire Carnegie began their assault on the world in the qualification stages of the Champions League with a solid win against Sri Lankan side Uva Next. Despite Australian David Miller (not David Millar) receiving a whack to the face and needing lengthy treatment, the Englishmen (relatively speaking) still achieved what was hoped of them after limiting the inagural Sri Lankan champions to a poor innings. Yorkshire moved top of the group, with a win against the Trinidad & Tobago national team guaranteeing them entrance into the main draw alongside the Indians, South Africans and Australians. Hampshire Royals, the winner of aforementioned domestic t20 competition, kick off their worldly hopes against group leaders Auckland Aces today.
The rest of Tuesday’s sport was about what you’d expect following Monday’s yawnfest. Laura Robson made her Osaka opening appearance by confidently despatching Greece’s Eleni Danillidou, whilst Heather Watson continued her winning days into the doubles draw. Andrew Fenn, a new name to the blog, narrowly missed out on taking the first stage of the Tour of Beijing in a field that also included Tour of Britain stage winner Luke Rowe.
Day 2 of darts’ World Grand Prix saw first round wins for the likes of Andy Hamilton and Ian White, but James Wade was one of the surprise early casualties. A large swath of British squash players were eliminated from the US Open too, with only James Willstrop surviving the first wave of opposition.
Tuesday 9/10/12 – Results
Cricket: Twenty20 Champions League
Yorkshire beat Uva Next (SRI) by 5 wickets, 151-5 to 150-7
Darts: World Grand Prix
Steve Beaton 2-0 Andy Smith
Andy Hamilton 2-0 Mark Webster
Michael van Gerwen (NED) 2-1 Colin Lloyd
Wes Newton 2-1 Ronnie Baxter
James Wade 1-2 Colin Osborne
Adrian Lewis 2-1 Richie Burnett
Raymond van Barneveld (NED) 0-2 Ian White
Michael Mansell 0-2 Paul Nicholson
Cycling: Tour of Beijing – Day 1
Stage Results: Andrew Fenn 2nd (+0’00”), Luke Rowe 76th (+0’09”), Stephen Cummings 122nd (s.t.), Alex Dowsett 123rd (s.t.)
General Classification: Fenn 2nd (+04”), Rowe 77th (+19”)
Points Classification: Fenn 2nd (14 points)
Team Classification: Sky Procycling 16th (+09”)
Squash: Delaware Investments US Open
Quarter-Finals, Top Half
Jenny Duncalf 2-3 Joelle King (NZL) 8-11 11-4 11-3 8-11 11-5
Alison Waters 0-3 Nicol David (MAS) 5-11 7-11 9-11
James Willstrop 3-2 Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) 11-6 7-11 12-10 8-11 11-5
Tennis: HP Japan Women’s Open
Laura Robson beat Eleni Danillidou (GRE) 6-4 6-2
Heather Watson/Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) beat Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)/Alexa Glatch (USA) 6-3 6-2