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Thunder knock off reigning BBL champs

first_imgSHAUN Marsh top-scored for his new team but couldn’t prevent Melbourne Renegades suffering a narrow defeat to Sydney Thunder in the opening match of their Big Bash League (BBL) title defence.The champions’ boom recruit, who defected from his hometown Perth Scorchers this year, peeled off 42 from 33 balls to steer the Renegades through their middle overs, at Geelong’s GMHBA Stadium.Marsh and in-form opener Sam Harper (39) helped set the Thunder a target of 170.But patient half-centuries from openers Usman Khawaja (66) and Alex Hales (68) laid a solid platform for the run chase before Alex Ross got the visitors over the line with the winning boundary in a frenetic final over.The Thunder reached 171-4 to win by six wickets with just two balls to spare and maintain their unbeaten record, having downed Brisbane Heat in the season-opener 48 hours earlier.Khawaja slipped at one point while turning for a second run and looked to have hurt the same knee he’d previously had surgery on. But he batted on and allayed injury fears post-match.“It hurts a little bit now, but it’s just that first five seconds when you think everything is alright,” Khawaja said.“I knew straightaway it was alright, it was just pain. I’ve done my knee before, so I know the feeling.”The knock was a timely reminder of Khawaja’s white-ball capabilities after he was this week left out of Australia’s ODI squad for the tour of India in January.Marsh, too, was left out of the ODI squad, with Australia T20 and Renegades captain Aaron Finch later declaring the West Australian the world’s most underrated T20 batsman.Marsh began his new life in red in typically steady fashion before opening the shoulders in the second over after the Renegades called their strategy time-out.It eventually took a brilliant diving catch from Thunder all-rounder Daniel Sams on the boundary to dismiss Marsh, who batted at No.3.“It was nice to spend a bit of time out there,” Marsh said.“I thought I left a few out there at the end, but it was nice to get my first game with the Renegades.“We’re obviously disappointed with the loss, but it was good fun out there.”Diminutive wicketkeeper Harper picked up where he left off with the bat after scoring a blistering century in a warm-up match against Melbourne Stars three days earlier.He sent left-arm seamer Sams to the fine-leg boundary with a ramp shot off the second ball he faced and put the next one back over the bowler’s head.Harper (39) managed four fours and a pair of sixes in 19 balls before Sams eventually got his revenge, with a leading edge proving the batsman’s downfall.Sams had a hand in three key wickets, removing Harper and Dan Christian either side of his excellent catch in the deep to get rid of Marsh.He finished with 2-26 from three overs, with off-spinner Arjun Nair (2-32, four overs) also claiming multiple wickets by dismissing Finch and Marsh.last_img read more

Donegal man avoids jail after using fake documents for mortgage

first_imgA Donegal man who is the owner of a debt recovery business has been given community service for providing false documents to secure a mortgage on his home.Kevin Molloy (49) from Donegal and now living in Dublin Road., Celbridge, Co Kildare, was handed 240 hours of community service for three offences under the Theft and Fraud Offences Act. Mr Molloy pleaded guilty to the offences at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.The offences came to light in July 2016 when an official from the Bank of Ireland met with gardaí.Between December 2014 and February 2015 Molloy provided a number of documents to the bank as part of a mortgage application. These included a salary cert which was found to be signed off in the name of a Mr Lafferty for a company actually owned by a Mr Laverty.The bank’s officials were not satisfied with the accuracy of the documents and declined the mortgage.Garda investigations found later that Molloy had successfully applied in April 2016 to Ulster Bank for a mortgage and the bank had issued a mortgage of €71,000.A review of this application found that some of the documents provided for this were fraudulent. A P60 tax document and bank statements were altered and wage slips for companies which had gone into liquidation were provided.Molloy later presented himself to gardaí for questioning and accepted that the bank statement contained entries that couldn’t possibly have been correct.Mark Lynam BL, defending, said there was no issue with Ulster Bank over the mortgage repayments.He said Molloy was self-employed with a debt recovery and credit control business and this business would suffer as a result of this conviction.Judge Melanie Greally imposed 240 hours of community service to be completed within 12 months, in lieu of an 18 month prison sentence.Donegal man avoids jail after using fake documents for mortgage was last modified: October 26th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more