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Australia axe fighting Irish

CRICKET: Australia 'A' clinched a 93-run win against a battling Ireland XI, who made their opponents fight for their wickets at Stormont yesterday.

Rain wiped out the morning session, and when play started James Shannon (35) and Andrew White (23) converted their overnight 51 for 3 into 92 for 3. Impressive spinner Nathan Lyon (3-40) made the breakthrough, having White well caught by Nic Maddinson at short leg off bat and pad. James Shannon followed in identical fashion eight runs later, before Moises Henriques removed John Mooney (0) and Kevin O'Brien (10) in quick succession.