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Monday 21 April 2014

Sexton's senior ladies on brink of first-ever Home International title

IRELAND stand on the cusp of capturing a maiden Senior Ladies' Home Internationals crown after edging out Wales at Elie & Earlsferry in Fife yesterday.

Terry Sexton's team even take the trophy if they lose to hosts Scotland today, though they'll be looking to round-off their campaign in style with a third win out of three.

Their 5-3 victory over the Welsh was built on a clean sweep of the morning foursomes, as all three pairs won their matches.

Sheena McElroy and Carol Wickham crushed opponents Christine Harries and Patricia Fernon 7&6. Royal Portrush's Helen Jones and Pat Doran of Donabate beat Ann Lewis and Vicki Thomas 3&2, while Suzanne Corcoran and Gertie McMullen edged Jane Rees and Denise Richards 1-up.

The singles were a lot closer, as McElroy, Jones and Kate Evans all slipped to defeats against Lewis, Rees and Thomas respectively.

But, when they needed it most, Laytown & Bettystown's Wickham eased home 4&3 against Olwen Davies and British Seniors Championship runner-up Doran won a ding-dong clash with Richards 2&1.

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