Sport in brief
Cormac Sharvin was the surprise leader after he fired an eightunder-par 63 to take the first-round lead at the English Championship in Hertfordshire. The 27-year-old Northern Irishman, who teed off in the final group of the opening round at Hanbury Manor, carded 10 birdies and two bogeys to nudge ahead of six players in a tie for second at seven under. Veteran David Howell looked to have earned his first 18-hole lead at a European Tour event in his 636th appearance as he registered six birdies and a stunning hole-out at the 15th to move to eight under. But the five-time European Tour winner bogeyed the penultimate hole to join Australian pair Jason Scrivener and Min Woo Lee, Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent, Thomas Detry and fellow Englishman Laurie Canter in carding 64s.
Craig Overton has committed his future to Somerset with a new three-year extension, despite the recent departure of his twin brother Jamie to Surrey. The two had both represented Somerset since coming through the academy, and the new deal will see 26-yearold Craig remain at the Cooper Associates County Ground until the end of the 2023 season. He has played in more than 170 matches for Somerset.