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Cronulla have advanced to the NRL grand final with a 32-20 demolition of a listless North Queensland at Allianz Stadium. Jose Abreu Jersey .The result sent the 36,717-strong crowd into raptures on Friday night as the Sharks moved a step closer to claiming their first title in their 50-year history and ended the Cowboys hopes of winning back-to-back premierships.They will meet the winner of Saturdays clash between Canberra and Melbourne in Sunday weeks grand final at ANZ Stadium.The Cowboys gave themselves a sniff of hope when fullback Lachlan Coote, who otherwise had a forgettable night and was again troubled under the high ball, crossed for a soft try four minutes after halftime to make it 14-6.However, the Sharks picked themselves up off the canvas to advance to their fourth grand final - following their appearances in 1973, 1978 and the Super League decider in 1997.The Cowboys were blown off the park by a Sharks first-half blitz. Looking fatigued after their 90-minute epic against Brisbane last week, they crumbled under a mountain of unforced errors.When Chad Townsend crossed to make it 14-0 at the break, the Sharks had completed twice as many sets as the Cowboys (16/20 to 8/12), run for twice as many metres (791 to 390), and been tackled in their oppositions red zone 23 times compared to North Queenslands eight.Townsend bounced back from his shocker against Canberra a fortnight ago when he was hooked by coach Shane Flanagan, scoring one try, going close on another occasion and setting up another.The Sharks twice managed to get over the line, through Andrew Fifita and Townsend, but were denied by the video referees before they finally converted their weight of possession into points via a James Maloney penalty goal in the 17th minute.And when they found space on the left side, Sosaia Feki crossed in the corner before a botched Kyle Feldt dropout gifted Maloney another two points.Townsends 35th-minute four-pointer had big question marks on it, with the last pass from Maloney appearing to be forward, however referee Gerard Sutton was in line with the play.Cootes try shortly after halftime seemingly sparked the Sharks back to life as they piled on three tries in 14 minutes via Luke Lewis and a Maloney double.The Cowboys scored three tries in the final 10 minutes via a Feldt double and Cohen Hess but it was of little consolation.NRL PRELIMINARY FINAL 1Result: Cronulla 32 defeated North Queensland 20 at Allianz StadiumKey moment: When Chad Townsend put Luke Lewis over in the 52nd minute for a scoreline of 20-6, any thoughts of a Cowboys fightback were dashed.Key quote: It has taken 15 years for me to finally get to a grand final. - Sharks skipper Paul Gallen.Judiciary: NoneInjuries: NoneWhats next: The Sharks move onto their first grand final in a united competition since 1978 and premiers North Queensland bow out of the title race. Ozzie Guillen Jersey . -- Gus Malzahn finally had his day in Fayetteville. Carlton Fisk Jersey . Halifax beat the Saint John Sea Dogs 7-5 on the strength of two goals apiece from Nikolaj Ehlers, Matt Murphy and Brent Andrews. Jonathan Drouin also scored and had three assists while Zachary Fucale made 17 saves for the Mooseheads (16-8-0), who led 6-1 after two periods. . Their experience showed Tuesday as the No. 10 Badgers blunted a Saint Louis surge to win 63-57 and advance to face West Virginia in Wednesdays finals of the Cancun Challenge.Guest writer Sajid Sadiq of, speaks to Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq about the sides hopes of winning the World T20... Does part of you wish you were in Pakistans World T20 squad? Misbah-ul-Haq: Nothing of that sort has crossed my mind as its too late now and it has been a little more than four years since I last played a T20I game. Having said that, at the point when I retired from T20Is, I did feel that I could have played a little more for my country but that is now in the past. For now, we all have to get behind the team and the captain, and I wish them all the best for the tournament. Misbah played his last T20I against England in February 2012 Do you think Pakistan can win the World T20? Misbah: Despite the disappointing results in the Asia Cup recently, I do believe that Pakistan have a good chance of going all the way at the World T20. Plus, the timing of the Asia Cup just before the World T20 would have been ideal as the team got some good match practice in ahead of the competition. I have always maintained that our team has great potential and has an excellent chance to win, especially as it is being played on the sub-continent.Shahid Afridi has suggested that he may continue to play for Pakistan after the World T20, do you think that would be a wise decision? Shahid Afridi led Pakistan to the World T20 title in 2009, can he inspire a second win in 2016? Misbah: It is a personal decision and one that is really up to Shahid. He is an experienced player who knows his game inside-out and he also understands how much commitment he has left in him and what he can give to the Pakistan team. All these considerations are important for any player when it is time to make such a crucial decision.How much longer do you see yourself playing for Pakistan? Misbah: To tell you the truth, I dont really know how long I can continue to play for Pakistan. I had planned to retire at the end of the England series in the UAE or after playing against India in a series which didnt materialize, but now all my thoughts are about the tour of England this summer.I paid attention to calls from the Pakistan Cricket Board and others, asking me to accompany the team to England this summer, as that will be a difficult series and the team will need my support and guidance. I am looking forward to it as it will be a huge personal challenge for me. I will consider my options after that series.It is possible that I may go on to play another few series after that but once again, I dont want to look too farr ahead into the future at this point. Ron Santo Jersey. Misbah-ul-Haq oversaw a 2-0 Test series win over England in the UAE in November Are you feeling any pressure for a decision on your retirement? Misbah: It goes without saying that one does take into account the thoughts and wishes of people around you. I do give some weight to such advice but regardless of what the advice is, it is down to me to decide on this matter based on whether I can contribute to the success of my team or not. If I ever feel that I am no longer contributing to the team then that would be the time to move on.What are your impressions so far of Mohammad Amirs re-integration and his return to international cricket?Misbah: He bowled really well in the Bangladesh Premier League and in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League. He also bowled beautifully in the Asia Cup, so I am totally satisfied with his performances so far. His attitude on the field too gives me no cause for concern. He can become a great for Pakistan in the coming years. Mohammad Amir took seven wickets in four Asia Cup matches for Pakistan, at an average of 11.57 The next big challenge for Amir will be the tour of England, as quite frankly no one really knows what to expect in terms of what he will face from the crowd and the media. The board and the team management will need to think carefully about how to handle and manage any complications which could arise.Given the history of controversies on tours of England, how important is it to have this tour be controversy free? Misbah: I believe all we need to do is to go out there and concentrate on playing the best cricket we can. This will be a challenging tour for us as England are a very tough team to beat in their own backyard.We will need to play some excellent cricket and only by playing almost beyond our potential can we make sure that the emphasis is on cricket and nothing else. All other considerations will then be swept aside.For the full version of Sajid Sadiqs interview with Misbah-ul-Haq, visit Sports is the only place you can watch all 35 games in 27 days of the 2016 ICC World T20, starting with Zimbabwe v UAE on Tuesday 8th March at 9am on Sky Sports 2 HD.  Or watch from £6.99 without a contract, on NOW TV. Also See: Why Bangladesh can World T20 ICC World T20 fixtures WATCH: Best of 2014 World T20 Pick your Ultimate World T20 XI Cheap NFL JerseysCheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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