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Cricket: Morgan axed by England

Published 29/02/2012 | 05:00

EOIN MORGAN has been made the scapegoat for England's 3-0 whitewashing by Pakistan in the recent Test series in the UAE and dropped for the forthcoming tour of Sri Lanka.

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The Middlesex and former Ireland left-hander made his second Test century against India as recently as August but only 82 runs in six innings against Pakistan sealed his fate.

Meanwhile, the system that helped Morgan reach the top has been acknowledged, with Cricket Ireland receiving the International Cricket Council's award for Best Overall Cricket Development Programme.

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Wesley College will try to dethrone Alexandra College next Tuesday after setting up a Leinster Schoolgirl's Senior Cup date at Grange Road.

Wesley snatched a winner with 18 minutes to go from Sarah Quill to get the better of Loreto Beaufort 1-0.

Alexandra beat High School 6-1. Hannah McDermott got the first two before Louise McPhillips made it 3-0. Further goals from Erika Hinkson, Millie O'Donnell and Alison Gibbons were answered by Saoirse O'Donoghue's strike.

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IRISH golfers will be out in force at the Spanish Amateur Championship today as the event gets under way at the Alcanada resort on Majorca.

No fewer than 11 Irishmen start the five-day tournament, which also incorporates the Nations Cup, with the likes of Reeve Whitson taking part.

The Mourne man and his fellow countrymen, including Brian Casey, Dermot McElroy and Richard O'Donovan, have to finish in the top 32 after 36 holes of stroke play to qualify for the match play stage.

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KATIE TAYLOR continues her preparations for May's World Championships and Olympic qualifiers in China against Cashmere Jackson in Cork next month.

The American light-welter will meet Taylor on Leeside on March 30. Taylor will also line out for Ireland in two full international meetings with Holland on March 23 and 25.

Irish Independent

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