Dynamic Duo take Gold at Inas Global Games – Brits in Action Day 2

World Champions, Lauren Booth & Kiera Byland

Cycling

Lauren Booth and Kiera Byland showed their world class today in Brisbane taking an impressive Gold at their first event in the ladies 11km Time Trial.

Just over 4 minutes ahead of Russia (23:16.38), this new pairing stormed to success clocking a time of 19:07.19 and making their their mark firmly on the international stage and claiming the World Championship title.

“It’s my first Global Games” said Lauren BoothI didn’t expect to win.  Half way through I was tired, but I was thinking about the finish line”.

World individual road Champion, Kiera Byland said “It was just different and it was nice getting to work together”.

The pair have more events coming up this week, including the road race tomorrow and for the first time at an Inas event, scheduled later this week, a programme of track cycling.

Full cycling results here

Cricket

The England Team took a 2-0 lead in their five-match Inas Global Games IT20 series against Australia, with a 17-run victory in Brisbane thanks to a strong all-round performance by captain Chris Edwards.

Chris Edwards, Captain

The skipper started off by winning his fifth toss in a row and, again, chose to bat first. It wasn’t as plain sailing as previous days, however, as Australia took four wickets in the first ten overs. Entering in the sixth over, Edwards batted out the innings, scoring 66 from 38 balls – 20 of which came in the final over – and enjoyed a 58-run stand with Tayler Young.

The hosts got off to a strong start, putting on 47 for the first wicket before Kieran McKinney and Edwards removed both openers in the space of four balls.

Brendan Westlake and Hayden Brumm added 62 for the third wicket, but fell behind the required rate in the process. Young took two wickets in the 19th over to all-but seal the win, with Australia finishing on 135/6.

Chris Edwards said: “My innings came at a crucial time as we lost a few quick wickets. I had to try and manage the game logically and go through the gears when we could, running the ones and twos hard.”

“In the last over I hit a four to reach my 50 and then maximised every scoring opportunity to get us past 150.”

The teams enjoy a rest day on Tuesday, with the remaining three IT20s in the series to be played between Wednesday and Friday.

Remaining Cricket fixtures

Wednesday 16 October: 3rd IT20 v Australia – Allan Border Field, Albion

Thursday 17 October: 4th IT20 v Australia – Allan Border Field, Albion

Friday 18 October: 5th IT20 v Australia – Allan Border Field, Albion

Saturday 19 October: INAS GLOBAL GAMES CLOSING CEREMONY

Follow the results and cricket action here

Tennis

A successful day 2 for Britains top Tennis players as all five players moved through to the quarter final stages.

British Tennis players, with Australian legend Pat Cash

Yesterday saw Fabrice Higgins, number 2 seed, beat France’s Benjamin Coulier 6-2, and Czech Republic’s Josef Hus 6-0.  Higgins took the court again today, but this time with partner Dominic Iannotti. The current double partners and World Champions took on Australia’s Archie Graham and Mitchell James.  The match ended 7-6 (2) to the Australians.  Higgins went on to claim success in his singles game later in the day.

Thomas Mellor took on Archie Graham in the singles round robin stage of the tournament, putting in a great effort, but success wasn’t to be on this occasion with the game finishing 6-0 to the Australian. Mellor’s tournament continues tomorrow in the men’s singles where he competes against fellow Brit, Oliver Beadle.

Beadle in his debut international tournament gave a strong singles performance beating Ahmed Tamer Ahmed Goueli, in 6-0.

World Champion, Anna McBride beat Elise Delvas (France) 6-0, followed by a victory in the mixed doubles with McBride and Iannotti achieving a win in their group stage over Sebastien Faure and Delvas (France).  The British mixed doubles pair are current world title holders and keen to defend that at the Global Games.

Play continues at the Queensland Tennis Centre on Tuesday 15th October.

Full results here

Athletics

Athletics got off the mark today with Britains Declan Manning vying for success in the hammer event in what was a very strong field.  A multi-medallist, Manning is no stranger to tough competition, but today wasn’t to be his day having to settle for 4th place.

Medallist Declan Manning (right) 2018 Europeans, Paris

Success however was in his grasp in the discus event, where Manning qualified in 3rd place for the discus final tomorrow, followed by his bid for success in the shot later in the week.

Today also saw Sam Fernando take to the track in one of three events, the 10,000 metres straight final event. Fernando completed the event in 33:56.77 placing 7th overall in a strong field of 18 competitors.  His campaign continues on Wednesday in his main event, the 3000m steeplechase.

Full athletics results here

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