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Welsh too strong for home brigade

Ireland's slim hopes of reclaiming the Ladies Home International title they last won back in 2004 vanished in Cork yesterday, as they lost out to Wales by 6-3.

The hosts, still reeling from their 9-0 drubbing by England the previous day, produced a much improved performance with Deidre Smith and youngster Chloe Ryan picking up their first point of the week, as they defeated Katherine O'Connor and Samantha Birks 2&1.

In the singles, Captain Claire Coughlan-Ryan's team could only manage a solitary win, with Maria Dunne defeating Samantha Birks 2&1.

England remained on course to defend their crown, narrowly defeating Scotland 5-4 and will play Wales for the title.

Morrow shows the way in Euro Seniors

IRELAND'S men will face Italy today in the last eight of the European Senior Team Championship having finished an impressive third in qualifying at Estoril in Portugal.

European Senior champion Adrian Morrow's (69) saw him finish joint sixth in the individual list on four-over-par, while three further back was former British Amateur champion Garth McGimpsey, who followed up his opening 67 with a lacklustre 78.

Arthur Pierse also fired a valuable 69, Maurice Kelly recorded a 78 and John Mitchell and Michael Coote both went round in 74 as Ireland added an aggregate total of 364 to go with Tuesday's 360.

Over at Lugano in Switzerland, Ireland's women have a quarter-final showdown with England today in the knockout stages of the European Senior Ladies' Team Championship after posting a total of 399 to leave them seventh of the 15 nations competing.

Sheena McElroy fired a second 77 for a share of 12th in the individual standings, while Carol Wickham also recorded a 77. Irish Seniors champion Helen Jones finished on 83, Pat Doran a nine-over-par 79, Violet McBride 83, with Suzanne Corcoran's 85 discarded.

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England trounced

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England's highly successful 2012 one-day international campaign ended in chastening anti-climax, and a drawn NatWest Series, as South Africa trounced them by seven wickets at Trent Bridge.

After a string of batsmen had contributed to their own downfall in England's 182 total -- Eoin Morgan was out for a duck -- even James Anderson and Jade Dernbach's new-ball burst could not turn the tide.

From 14-3 in the fifth over, South Africa were hastened home by Hashim Amla (97 no) and AB de Villiers (75 no) in an unbroken stand of 172.

Irish Independent