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Published 21/06/2013 | 05:00

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Morris books last-eight spot

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KILKENNY'S David Morris enjoyed the biggest victory of his career when he booked a quarter-final place in the Wuxi Classic, the first world ranking event of the year.

Morris' 5-4 victory over Ali Carter means he now faces Matthew Stevens in the last eight today.

The Irishman only retained his place on the tour by coming through Q-School last month, but followed up his wins over Gary Wilson and Gerard Greene with the notable scalp of Carter after a hard-fought match.

Neil Robertson and John Higgins cruised into the quarter-finals with 5-0 whitewashes. Higgins now faces Joe Perry in the last eight.

IRISH PAIR TOPS IN DERBY QUALIFIER

Irish riders got off to a great start at the Hickstead Derby meeting in Sussex when taking the top two placings in the Camardo Coffee Speed Derby qualifier as well as pole position in the Stoner Jewellers Vase Stakes.

The notoriously tough Hickstead ring took its toll in the Speed Derby event with eight eliminations in the field of 51 starters.

But Meath's Gerald Clarke (Kellswater Crimson) and Sligo's Richard Howley (Zantiago) both steered a fast and clear route home to claim the top spots. And British-based David Simpson slotted into fourth with Arantos.

Tipperary's Shane Breen topped the Stoner Jewellers Vase with mare Zarnita.

Meanwhile, Irish Chef d'Equipe, Robert Splaine, has named his squad for next week's leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup series at Aachen, Germany.

Shane Breen, Shane Carey, Dermott Lennon, Billy Twomey and Cian O'Connor will all be hoping to be among the four selected for Thursday night's crunch competition.

INDIA SET UP ENGLAND CLASH

INDIA will play England in the Champions Trophy final after storming to an eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka at a dank Cardiff Wales Stadium.

The World Cup winners remain on course to hold both 50-over titles, if they can beat the hosts at Edgbaston on Sunday.

Bowlers Ishant Sharma (three for 33) and off-spinner R Ashwin (three for 48) laid the foundation. Then, in pursuit of only 181 for eight, Shikhar Dhawan (68) and then Virat Kohli (58no) settled the issue.

Irish Independent

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