Evening Sports Update

DARTS

Rob Cross has seen off a stirring late fightback from Dmitri van den Bergh to book his place in the semi-finals of the PDC World Championship.

Cross led 4-1 before van den Bergh won three straight sets to bring it to a decider.


But the 20th seed hung on to seal a last four clash with either Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld who meet in the first of tonight’s games.

That’s followed by Phil Taylor against Gary Anderson, with the winner playing Jamie Lewis in the other semi-final.

RUGBY

Northampton have appointed former Ireland backs coach Alan Gaffney as interim head coach until the end of the season.

The Australian will act as a technical coaching consultant, following the sacking of director of rugby Jim Mallinder earlier this month.

CRICKET

Ed Joyce is back in the Ireland cricket squad for their tri-series against Scotland and the United Arab Emirates in Dubai next month.

Joyce has recovered from a knee injury which forced him to miss the recent InterContinental Cup and one-day series matches against Scotland and Afghanistan.

With Tim Murtagh rested for the upcoming games against Scotland and the U-A-E, there’s also a return for all-rounder Andy McBrine.

+++Squad+++

William Porterfield (capt), Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, George Dockrell, Ed Joyce, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Jacob Mulder, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Gary Wilson.

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