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'Hillsborough words inspired us'

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:23:43 GMT

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Hillsborough campaigner Margaret Aspinall inspired his team to victory at Norwich.

Man Utd are rebuilding, says Moyes

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:03:52 GMT

Boston set for emotional Marathon

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:18:17 GMT

How Hamilton found edge again over Rosberg

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:35:56 GMT

Third consecutive win for 2008 champion cannot have failed to make an impression on team-mate, writes Andrew Benson

VIDEO: MOTD3: Are managers winning games?

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:30:52 GMT

Mark Chapman is joined by Danny Murphy and Martin Keown for this week's Match of the Day 3, to discuss whether certain managers are winning matches this season.

Carter sees off debutant Xiao

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:09:41 GMT

Kuchar pips Donald in RBC Heritage

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:56:56 GMT

England's Luke Donald finishes second, one shot behind American Matt Kuchar, at the RBC Heritage in South Carolina.

Three wins in a row a dream - Hamilton

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:49:07 GMT

Lewis Hamilton says he is putting in the best performances of his career in an 'incredible car' after a third win in a row.

Martinez proud after Everton victory

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:14:56 GMT

Roberto Martinez pays tribute to his Champions League-chasing Everton side as they do the double over Manchester United.

Final will be different - Wenger

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:37:32 GMT

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says their 3-0 league win at Hull City will have no bearing on their FA Cup final meeting next month.

Wawrinka takes Monte Carlo title

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:48:32 GMT

Stanislas Wawrinka beats fellow Swiss Roger Federer to win the first Masters 1000 title of his career in Monte Carlo.

Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:51:06 GMT

Doherty beats Bingham to progress

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:57:16 GMT

Ken Doherty reaches the second round of the World Snooker Championship for the first time in eight years.

Ricciardo plays down Vettel dispute

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:30:06 GMT

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo defuses a potential dispute with Sebastian Vettel over team orders at the Chinese GP.

Welbeck considers Man Utd exit

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:49:32 GMT

Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck is considering a move in order to play more in his preferred central striking role.

I will address sale rumours - Lerner

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:51:15 GMT

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner says he will wait until the end of the season to address reports he is set to sell the club.

Dominant Dujardin wins World Cup

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:06:32 GMT

Britain's Olympic dressage champion Charlotte Dujardin takes freestyle victory in the World Cup final in Lyon.

IPL investigative panel appointed

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:51:22 GMT

India's cricket board appoints a three-member investigative panel to look into allegations of corruption in the Indian Premier League.

Newcastle 18-23 Saracens

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:39:22 GMT

A much-changed Saracens side edge past Newcastle Falcons to stay comfortably clear at the top of the Premiership table.

Pro12: Blues 17-13 Scarlets

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:06:27 GMT

Both sides had a man sent off as the Cardiff Blues beat the Scarlets 17-13 in the Pro12 derby at the Millennium Stadium.

Slater claims butterfly world record

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:19:20 GMT

Preston's Steph Slater sets a new 100m butterfly world best at the British Para-Swimming International meet in Glasgow.

Tammys Hill goes for Irish National

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:20:27 GMT

Trainer Liam Lennon hopes Cheltenham winner Tammys Hill can land another triumph in Monday's Irish Grand National.

Wie wins first title in three years

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:15:56 GMT

Michelle Wie wins her third LPGA Tour title and her first in three years with victory at Hawaii's Lotte Championship.

Liverpool draw, Man City are beaten

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:53:53 GMT

Chelsea's Ji So-Yun is sent off in a 0-0 draw with Liverpool as Manchester City suffer a defeat against Bristol Academy.

In pictures: London Marathon 2014

Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:03:18 GMT

The best images as thousands of runners take part in the London Marathon 2014.

VIDEO: Scorer sees red after flooring manager

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:00:30 GMT

Hearts player Jamie Hamill receives a second yellow card after his penalty-scoring celebration leads to a touchline altercation with Ross County players and management.

VIDEO: On this Day: Rocket's fastest 147

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:25:29 GMT

On this day in 1997 Ronnie "The Rocket" O'Sullivan made a maximum 147 break in the quickest time recorded, five minutes 20 seconds.

VIDEO: Martinez hails historic 'double'

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:58:38 GMT

Everton manager Roberto Martinez hails an historic "double" over Manchester United after his side's 2-0 victory at Goodison Park.

VIDEO: Murphy miscue makes red ball fly

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:38:02 GMT

Shaun Murphy miscues a pot during his first-round match against Jamie Cope at the World Championships, sending a red flying through the air.

VIDEO: Highlights: Hamilton cruises to China win

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:00:26 GMT

Watch highlights as Lewis Hamilton takes a dominant victory in the Chinese Grand Prix to win three consecutive races for the first time in his career.

VIDEO: Perry flukes black with awful shot

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:44:54 GMT

Joe Perry flukes the black to win the third frame of his World Championship Snooker match against Jamie Burnett with a botched safety shot.

VIDEO: My best Easter ever - Hamilton

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:18:07 GMT

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says this is his best Easter ever after winning the Chinese Grand Prix having lead from start to finish.

VIDEO: O'Sullivan backs legends' wildcard

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:43:12 GMT

Reigning world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan gives his backing to wildcard tour entries for legends of the sport such as Stephen Hendry, Steve Davis and Jimmy White.

VIDEO: Sandro not good enough - Sherwood

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:06:29 GMT

Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood says midfielder Sandro was not part of the team that beat Fulham 3-1 because he is not currently "good enough" to be selected.

VIDEO: Highlights: Hamilton storms to China pole

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:04:08 GMT

Watch highlights as Lewis Hamilton takes his third pole position in four races with a stunning performance in qualifying at the Chinese Grand Prix.

VIDEO: Watch Hamilton's China pole lap

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:08:22 GMT

Ride on board with Lewis Hamilton as the Mercedes man put his car on pole position at the Chinese Grand Prix.

VIDEO: How flag error ended Chinese GP early

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:36:20 GMT

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Tom Clarkson explains how the Chinese Grand Prix finished one lap early after an official waved the chequered flag in error.

VIDEO: World Cup moments: Dancing Milla

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:04:59 GMT

BBC Sport counts down 100 of the greatest World Cup moments, as the 2014 tournament in Brazil draws nearer.

VIDEO: Doherty rolls back the years

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:28:58 GMT

Ken Doherty beats Stuart Bingham and progresses to the World Snooker Championship second round for the first time in eight years.

VIDEO: Liverpool run incredible - Rodgers

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:14:32 GMT

Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool's run of 11 consecutive Premier League wins is "incredible" after their hard-fought 3-2 away victory against Norwich.

VIDEO: St Mirren's McLean scores after 13 secs

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:10:42 GMT

St Mirren take the lead 13 seconds after kick-off against Hibs, with Kenny McLean netting for the Buddies (UK users only).

VIDEO: Man Utd let in dreadful goals - Moyes

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:49:35 GMT

Manchester United manager David Moyes admits his side gave away "dreadful goals" during their 2-0 away defeat to Everton.

VIDEO: Angry Mourinho 'congratulates' referee

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:59:55 GMT

Manager Jose Mourinho 'congratulates' referee Mike Dean after Chelsea's 2-1 home defeat to Sunderland, the Portuguese's first ever loss in the league at Stamford Bridge.

VIDEO: Last four days remarkable - Poyet

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:14:51 GMT

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet describes the last four days as "remarkable" after following up a midweek draw against Manchester City, with a 2-1 victory over Chelsea.

VIDEO: Boston runners recall marathon attack

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:00:46 GMT

Doctor Natalie Stavas finished last year's Boston Marathon just as the bombs exploded, and now the runner turned first responder prepares to run again.

VIDEO: Bingham's embarrassing blunder

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:16:20 GMT

Watch Stuart Bingham chip the cue ball over the black and into the pocket during his match with Ken Doherty at the Snooker World Championship.

VIDEO: Alex Scott meets hero Trevor Nelson

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:29:22 GMT

England and Arsenal player Alex Scott meets her hero DJ Trevor Nelson at the Radio 1Xtra studios in London.

VIDEO: Watch Priestland's point-blank miss

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:04:21 GMT

Scarlets fly-half Rhys Priestland misses a kick from right in front of the posts after scoring a try against the Blues at the Millennium Stadium.

VIDEO: 'Phenomenal effort' pleases Adams

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:51:55 GMT

Manager Neil Adams praises Norwich's "phenomenal effort" in their narrow 3-2 home Premier League defeat to Liverpool.

VIDEO: Phillips completes BMX World Cup double

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:54:13 GMT

Great Britain's Liam Phillips wins the Supercross title at the first round of the BMX World Cup series in Manchester, adding to his time-trial victory.

VIDEO: Marshall saved season - Solskjaer

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:57:10 GMT

Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says goalkeeper David Marshall saved his side's season with a stop in the dying minutes of their 1-1 draw with Stoke.

VIDEO: Doherty predicts Man Utd victory

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:48:42 GMT

BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson is up against snooker star and former world champion Ken Doherty in his weekly Premier League predictions.

VIDEO: O'Sullivan starts defence in style

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:30:47 GMT

Ronnie O'Sullivan starts his World Championship defence in style with a clearance of 124 in the second frame of his first round match with Robin Hull.

VIDEO: Pietersen fell out with me - England boss Moores

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:04:05 GMT

Peter Moores says "I didn't fall out with Kevin Pietersen, he feel out with me", as he is appointed England coach for the second time.

Liverpool closer to Premier League heaven

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:32:49 GMT

Liverpool have held their nerve in the Premier League title race - but must finish the job, argues chief football writer Phil McNulty

Garth Crooks's Team of the Week

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:54:38 GMT

Who was "the warrior" Liverpool needed and who has put Alan Pardew in trouble to make Garth Crooks's Team of the Week?

When being world champion doesn't pay

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:00:57 GMT

How Olympic cyclist Emma Pooley's hobby turned out to be better paid than her day job

You can't destabilise Big Phil's Brazil

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:00:31 GMT

Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari is unconcerned by criticism of his players, says South American football expert Tim Vickery

Why Torres will still get a hero's welcome at Atletico

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:20:05 GMT

Chelsea's Fernando Torres can expect a hero's return to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday - and may yet end up back there permanently

Do Hibs have the stomach for a fight?

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:01:08 GMT

A run of nine games without a win leaves Easter Road side Hibernian in a battle for Scottish Premiership survival

Must-not-miss sport on the BBC

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:47:56 GMT

Your guide to the latest sporting events on the BBC, including snooker, football, rugby league, cricket and Formula 1

World Cup watch: Messi, Falcao and Tevez

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:04:34 GMT

BBC's weekly World Cup updates as Messi struggles for form, Falcao hopes to be fit and Tevez books Disney World tickets

Lawro's predictions v Ken Doherty

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:14:14 GMT

BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on former snooker world champion Ken Doherty in this week's predictions

Cram accepts British Athletics role

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:21:51 GMT

Former world champion Steve Cram joins British Athletics as an adviser and mentor ahead of the 2016 Olympics.

Hopkins secures historic victory

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:21:19 GMT

Bernard Hopkins becomes the oldest boxer to unify a weight division with a split-decision victory in Washington.

Warner hoping for Trott recovery

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:48:27 GMT

Australia batsman David Warner hopes Jonathan Trott will return to cricket from his stress-related issues.

Gilbert claims third Amstel Gold

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:58:07 GMT

Philippe Gilbert sees off fellow Belgian Jelle Vanendert to earn his third Amstel Gold victory in the Netherlands.

Kindred secures European standard

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:14:23 GMT

Six-time Paralympic champion Sascha Kindred reaches the qualifying standard for the IPC European Swimming Championships.

Wilshere fit for World Cup - Wenger

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:28:12 GMT

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger tells England manager Roy Hodgson that Jack Wilshere will be fit for the World Cup.

Alonso dedicates podium to Domencali

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:56:25 GMT

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso dedicates his first podium of the season to former team principal Stefano Domencali.

Westwood wins by seven in Malaysia

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:29:14 GMT

Lee Westwood wins the Malaysian Open after the final round is delayed by four hours because of the threat of lightning.

Grandeur wins Coral Easter Classic

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:51:49 GMT

Grandeur wins the Coral Easter Classic by a head, as British race meetings are held on Good Friday for the first time.

Marquez eases to Texas victory

Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:42:59 GMT

World champion Marc Marquez claims victory from Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa in the Grand Prix of the Americas in Texas.

Dujardin breaks her own world record

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:36:42 GMT

Double Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin and her horse Valegro break their own world record to win World Cup gold.

St Helens 14-33 Wigan Warriors

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:22:36 GMT

St Helens' 100% start to the season is ended as reigning Super League champions Wigan win a ferocious derby.

Northampton 36-21 London Irish

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:26:43 GMT

Northampton Saints survive a remarkable London Irish fightback to return to winning ways at Franklin's Gardens.

World Championship scores and results

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:07:12 GMT

The scores and results for the 2014 World Championship at the Crucible in Sheffield.

Scots reveal largest aquatics team

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:00:37 GMT

Team Scotland have named their largest aquatics team in Commonwealth Games history for Glasgow 2014.

Germany & Czech Rep in Fed Cup final

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:59:47 GMT

Angelique Kerber gives Germany victory over Australia while the Czech Republic beat Italy in the Fed Cup semi-finals.

GB coach plays down slopestyle fears

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:46:50 GMT

GB Freeski head coach Pat Sharples plays down fears that ski and snowboard slopestyle could be banned from the Winter Olympics.

Norwich City 2-3 Liverpool

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:35:18 GMT

Liverpool open up a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League after a hard-fought win over relegation-battling Norwich.

Clubs push for further SFA change

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:20:10 GMT

The Scottish Professional Football League proposes change when the Scottish FA holds its annual general meeting in May.

Ospreys boss frustrated by Dragons

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 06:25:20 GMT

Ospreys boss Steve Tandy says he is frustrated his side failed to get a bonus point against the Newport Gwent Dragons.

McDowell nine off pace at Heritage

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:43:20 GMT

Graeme McDowell's closing round of 70 sees him tie for 23rd place at the RBC Heritage event in South Carolina.

News

Borders Under-13s team retain the Eastern Region Inter Area Cricket Championship


2011 brought a change to the format of the U-13 Inter Area Championships where each team played each on a home and away basis and culminated in a four day festival of cricket after which the Borders were crowned undefeated champions.

The first round of games in June were lost to the weather but the Borders got their campaign off to a winning start with a very close game against Pentlands on 3rd July at St Boswells. After winning the toss Pentlands chose to bat and got off to solid start as their top four all got into double figures. Cockburn top scored with 49 before the Borders bowling attack gained momentum and got their side back into the game. Duncan Sim (Manderston), Jack Halls (Gala), Henry Adams (Biggar) and Rory Brand (Gala) were all amongst the wickets. Brand in his first representative game took 3 for 32. The Pentlands total finished on 159 which was always going to be a challenge for the home side.

After a shaky start where the majority of the top and middle order failed to make an impact, Jack Savage (Bigger) built a magnificent innings of 61 which was the cornerstone of the victory. Robbie Thomson (Kelso) was also influential scoring a hard hitting 30 not out securing the match with only four balls and one wicket remaining. Pentlands, who pull players from a number of the top Scottish clubs, were always going to be the main challengers and so this victory was a significant boost to the Borders campaign.
 
The Borders then entertained North Edinburgh & East Lothian in a rain affected game at Selkirk on 17th July. Stand in captain Henry Adams on winning the toss asked the visitors to bat and the openers put on a 49 partnership before the Borders bowlers, Sim, Angus Roberts (Kelso), Will Thomson (Kelso) and Adams all took wickets and restricted the visitors to 93 from their 25 overs.
 
In reply the Borders batsmen got off to a fine start with Sim, Will Thomson and Roberts all getting into double figures. A mini collapse in the middle of the innings allowed the away team back into the game until Adams and Ryan Legge (Gala) held their nerve to secure the game in the last over to maintain their unbeaten record.
 
These two victories put the Borders top of the championship table leading into the festival starting on 25th July.
 
On Monday the Borders welcomed Forth Valley to Gala CC. The Borders were asked to bat first and got off to the best possible start with Will Thomson, Jack Savage, Fergus Godfrey-Faussett (Melrose) and Duncan Sim all scoring heavily allowing the home side to build a formidable total of 183 in their 40 overs.
 
This was always going to be a very tough challenge for the visitors but a magnificent innings of 97 not out by Forth Valley opener Euan Daltry brought his team ever closer to victory. The home team and supporters were feeling the pressure as Daltry and his lower order edged ever closer but excellent fielding and a return to the bowling attack of Ryan Johnston (Hawick) who took two vital wickets ensured that Forth Valley fell 30 runs short and maintained the Borders at the top of the table.
 
On Tuesday Borders travelled to Meggetland where Pentlands were the hosts. Returning captain Jack Halls elected to bat on winning the toss and after losing Godfrey-Faussett and Savage cheaply, he, Will Thomson and Henry Adams all got into the 30’s and built a team total of 140 which given the conditions was probably 30 runs below par.
 
Undeterred by their low total the Borders bowlers set about their task with great accuracy and spirit. Sim, Ronan Alexander (Hawick) and Ryan Johnston all bowled very tight spells which built pressure on the home team. Sim took 3 for 17 and Johnston had the excellent figures of 3 for 13 from his 8 overs. Despite being 38 for 5 and apparently beaten, the home batsmen, Brown and Arvind, had others ideas and put on a 62 run partnership which got their team back into the game. Outstanding catches by the Borders, Robbie Thomson, Henry Adams and Rory Brand and excellent all round fielding ensured that the Pentlands batsmen had to take some chances to secure victory. They managed to get to within two runs of a win when captain Halls brought the field in an inviting the batsmen to force the ball over the top. This resulted in a mistimed shot which went straight to Savage who delivered an accurate throw into the keeper Robbie Irvine (Gala) who, with the batsman bearing down on him remained calm and whipped the bails of the secure a much deserved victory for the Borders.
 
This win meant that the Borders remained at the top of the championship table with 9 points and one game to go and couldn’t be caught by the other teams.
 
Manager and coach Stevie Halls and Ross Paterson were delighted with this but decided to keep the news from the players in the hope they would remain focussed on the following day’s game against North Edinburgh & East Lothian.
 
Overnight the news of the championship victory slipped out and facebook and texts ensured the squad turned up at a sun drenched Pinkie in Musselburgh on Wednesday in buoyant mood. Despite the high spirits the team performed very professionally bowling their opponents out for 43. Duncan Sim and Ryan Johnston continued their excellent bowling throughout the week taking 3 and 2 wickets respectively and Will Thomson finished the home side off with 3 wickets in 5 balls for 0 runs.
 
Thomson then opened the batting and smashed the ball to all parts with a quick fire 26 not out and along with Halls finished the game off. The Borders therefore won the championship being undefeated.
 
At the conclusion of Wednesday’s game an impromptu 10 over game was arranged against north Edinburgh and East Lothian which allowed some practice for the final day of the festival which was a T20 format.
 
In a change to the Borders batting order Rory Brand opened up the innings and produced an outstanding display of hard hitting to score a quick fire 31. Robbie Irvine also contributed with a skilful 19 and helped the Borders reach a formidable total of 80 from their 10 overs.
 
In reply North Edinburgh & East Lothian were treated to an over each from all of the Borders players. Robbie Irvine who normally keeps wicket took 2 wickets for 2 runs in his over and although the home side got within 10 runs of the Borders total most of this was due to the very attacking field of 4 slips and a gully set for the majority of the innings.
 
The Borders team celebrated their well deserved championship victory with a display of the world famous “Swanny Spinkler” dance and n equally world famous Luca’s ice cream.
 
Unfortunately the T20 day at Goldenacre of Thursday was stopped short due to rain but this did not take the shine off the week for the Borders who were presented with the trophy by organiser and local development manager Neil Cameron.
 
This victory was an outstanding performance by the whole squad everyone of whom produced their best throughout the games and ensured the Borders remain a significant force in junior cricket in Scotland.      


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