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Ireland's Mandy Cunningham lifts singles crown

By David Mason

Ireland's Mandy Cunningham wrote herself in to the record books by winning the British Isles Women's singles championship for the first time at the Les Creux club in Jersey.

The Ewarts player produced a devastating performance, defeating Lisa Forey, from Wales, 21-12 in a preliminary round before seeing off the challenge of England's Amy Truran (21-17) in the semis.

But even those victories were overshadowed by her success over the defending champion, Lorna Smith, in the showcase final.

Smith had just no answer to Cunningham, who peppered the jack with a series of magnificent deliveries in a final that lasted only 19 ends.

"I'm still trying to take it all in," said Cunningham, who celebrated her 50th birthday last week and was delighted with the belated birthday gift.

Meanwhile, Bangor won the battle of the 'big guns' in round three of the IBA Senior Cup at the weekend and had too much for Balmoral while Ballywalter's cup fairytale also met an abrupt end when they were comprehensively beaten 93-67 at home by Portadown.

IBA Senior Cup, quarter-final clashes: Portadown v B'castle, Banbridge v Mossley, Divis v Lisnagarvey, Belmont v Portglenone, NICS/Cookstown v Dunbarton, Old Bleach v Bangor, Pickie v St James's Gate, Portrush v Dundonald. IBA Junior Cup, quarter-final clashes: Ballymena v Larne, Whitehead v Railway Union, Castlerock v Coleraine, Dunbarton v Old Bleach, Dungiven v Banbridge, Limavady v CYM/Antrim, Lurgan v Cloughey, Pickie v Lisnagarvey.

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