Defending champions Tourlestrane are through to the Belry Sligo senior football championship semi-finals – but only after surviving a scare from a gallant Drumcliffe/Rosses Point side at Scarden in Saturday evening’s quarter-final.Tourlestrane won in the end on a final scoreline of 2-9 to 1-6.The holders were pushed all the way by the north Sligo side in wet and windy conditions.Drumcliffe/Rosses Point led 1-3 to 0-3 in a low-scoring first half with Cian Lally finding the net for DRP and Tourlestrane guilty of a succession of first half wides despite a good spell of possession in the opening quarter.However, a couple of key substitutions and two second-half goals helped turn the contest the holders way.The result was in doubt right up to the end of normal time with just two points between the teams. But in added time, Tourlestrane added 1-1 to seal the win by six points.The remaining three quarter-finals take place on Sunday.At Kilcoyne Park in Tubbercurry, Eastern Harps preserved their senior championship status for 2020 with a 0-14 to 0-10 win against St Molaise Gaels.Saturday’s Belfry SFC quarter-final resultTourlestrane 2-9 Drumcliffe/Rosses Point 1-6SFC Relegation finalEastern Harps 0-14 St Molaise Gaels 0-10
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq’s ninth test century gave his side the upper hand at the end of the first day of the second Test against England on Thursday.Misbah hit two sixes off the last over of the day bowled by Moeen Ali to reach his century and was unbeaten on 102 in Pakistan’s total of 282-4. Asad Shafiq was unbeaten on 46. The two players have now put together 104 runs for the fifth wicket.Pakistan was pegged back at the start of both post-lunch and post-tea sessions, when it lost two well-set batsmen without any addition to the score after the breaks.The first ball after lunch, Shan Masood edged James Anderson to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler for a well-made 54. Pakistan was 85-3 at that stage.Then after tea, it was Younis Khan’s turn to get back in the pavilion after compiling 56. He succumbed to the last ball of the third over after tea, but Pakistan had not advanced from its score of 178 at tea.Mark Wood, bowling wide of the crease and angling the delivery, got Younis trying to deflect it off his hips, only to get an edge down leg side to Buttler.Misbah was harried a few times by short-pitched rising deliveries from the England pacemen, as Wood once struck him in the helmet, and Broad caused him discomfort in his last spell of the day. He scored 76 of his 102 runs against the spinners, hitting Adil Rashid for successive sixes over long-on in the 75th over of the innings. Misbah then smashed Moeen Ali for two massive sixes in the last over of the day.advertisementIt was Misbah’s seventh century in 41 test matches as Pakistan captain and contained five sixes and eight boundaries.”All in all, I think we can’t be disheartened and we bowled pretty well as a group,” said Wood, who finished with figures of 1-26 in 14 overs. “I just tried to be aggressive and offer something different in the attack. A couple of times I tried to ruffle Misbah, but he got the better idea, so it is one-nil to him. He played really well today.”Masood and Mohammed Hafeez added 51 runs for the first wicket without looking too bothered, before Hafeez was well caught by Bairstow at short-leg off Moeen Ali.Bairstow was in business once again three overs later when Shoaib Malik firmly played a Ben Stokes delivery off his legs, but it smashed into the fielder’s chest at short leg, who then dived to hold on to the rebound.Masood, who got out early to Anderson in the Abu Dhabi test in both innings, hit a couple of early boundaries against Broad that got his confidence soaring. He then played a pleasing knock, using his feet well against spinners and driving and cutting the seamers before his transgression after lunch.”I have been hitting the ball well and that is why I was more disappointed with the way I got out twice in Abu Dhabi,” Masood said. “I think we are in a good position. What was important was that we got through the second and third session losing only two wickets. If we can bat a couple of hours tomorrow and let Sarfraz (Ahmed) play his natural game, maybe we can take the game away from them.”The fall of Masood got Younis and Misbah – Pakistan’s two most experienced batsmen – together and they played with the responsibility expected from them, although Stokes did manage to get a bit of swing and beat them on a couple of occasions.Rashid, who picked up five wickets in the second innings in Abu Dhabi after toiling in the first, proved ineffective once again as he finished wicketless in 13 overs. There was already some turn in the pitch for him, but it was too slow to trouble the Pakistan batsmen.Earlier, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq won the toss for the second straight in the series and elected to bat first.Star leg-spinner Yasir Shah was back in the team after he was ruled out in Abu Dhabi with a back injury.England, as expected, retained the same side from Abu Dhabi with Stokes having recovered from a bout of viral fever.Pakistan is playing its ninth test match at Dubai International Stadium. It has won four and lost two matches.