Bradford City edged closer to an amazing appearance in the Capital One Cup Final by breezing past Aston Villa in the first of their two-legged semi-final.
Ignoring the fact they currently lie 60 places below the struggling Villa, Bradford terrorised their opponents all night. Within just 19 minutes, Nahki Wells used his head and propelled the Yorkshiremen into the lead. Thanks to goalkeeper Matt Duke, City held on throughout the game and doubled their advantage through Rory McArdle in the 77th minute. Andreas Weimann pulled one back for Villa but Bradford’s Carl McHugh made it 3-1. The advantage is very much with Bradford, but a trip to Villa Park won’t be easy. Still, they might be hoping for a 1-3 reverse and win on penalties like last time…
Sir Chris Hoy held off young pretender Jason Kenny to win the Six Days of Rotterdam event. In the end, there was only one point in the whole meeting as Kenny won two more events on the final night, the team sprint and sprint finale. Hoy grabbed a vital advantage in the 200m time trial and, even with both missing out on the keirin title, Hoy was happy with the experience and urged Britain to host a Six Days event of their own.
John Higgins was the first man to qualify for the Championship League finals group after a 3-1 win against Ali Carter in the play-off final. It was far from a flawless day, losing 3-0 to Mark Davis in the final match of the evening but remained consistent enough to progress from the group. Martin Gould and Davis also placed highly enough to reach the semis but weren’t strong enough to make the final. The second Championship League group begins today.
Ian Poulter improved his position on the final day of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions but it was a negligible rise up the leaderboard. Lying in tenth after the second round of the weather-affected competition, Poulter carded an impressive 69 to finish tied ninth, eleven shots off the lead.
Top seed Stephen Bunting was toppled in the BDO World Darts Championships by Darryl Fitton, losing the second round encounter 4-2. There was no such problems for Tony O’Shea, who breezed through to the quarter-finals with a 4-1 win against Steve Douglas. There were also wins for Robbie Green, the man who knocked out defending champion Christian Kist, and the Netherlands’ Wesley Harms.
In other sport:
England’s cricket team lost their second warm-up match in a row, this time to Delhi. Ian Bell was the ODI hero once again, scoring 108 to reach his second century in as many matches. Eoin Morgan was the only other England player to make it to 50, with the two making a partnership of 99. England’s bowling was particularly slack, with wides and no-balls flying about.
Kirsty Gilmour failed to qualify for the first badminton Super Series Premier event of the season, crashing out in the second qualifying round of the Korea Open to home player Jang Mi Lee two sets to one. Wimbledon doubles champion Jonny Marray continues to struggle post-Grand Slam as he went out in the first round of the Heineken Open alongside Brazil’s Andre Sa. Fellow Brits Ken Skupski and Jamie Delgado also lost 6-2 6-2 to their Victor Hanescu/Martin Klizan.
Ian Macarthur again led the British field in the World Gliding Championships with 17th place in the Club Class. He currently lies in 12th overall, with Jez Hood 16th in the Standard Class. Great Britain moved out to Chamonix in France with a one-off skiing event filled with home talent. Laurie Taylor was the best of the Brits, finishing sixth out of 19. Natalia Harte was the best female in 11th. Over on Morzine Avoriaz, Jai Geyer was the only home skiier to finish his runs, coming in 17th place.
In basketball, Leicester Riders visited London Lions and beat them 73-68. The win puts them level on points with league leaders Newcastle Eagles.