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McKee on final mission but must now dig deep to conquer Spencer


Graham McKee admits there will be no hiding place when he features in the semi-final of the British Isles men's singles championship at the Watson Stadium later today.

The County Antrim man will line out against England's Martin Spencer (6.30pm) in what will be his biggest test since winning his first Irish singles title back in January, following a nerve-tingling one-shot win against Stephen Kirkwood.

Should McKee negotiate his way to the final, there is every possibility he'll come up against newly-crowned world title holder Paul Foster in the decider.

"This game is massive, so I have to be totally focused on that," said McKee. "I've played a heck of a lot of games to get here, so I intend to give it my best shot."

Young Darren Atkinson will feature in the Under-25 singles against Scotland's Andrew Thompson (4pm), while Aiden Reid, Alistair Kennedy and Barry Kane face a tough triples semi final against the Welsh side, skippered by Damian Doubler (2pm).

Results: Women's Home International Championships: Ireland 105 Wales 136 (Rainey 25 Wason 18; Jess 17 Kelly Packwood 21; Bailie 16 Kerry Packwood 17; Baird 17 J Clarke 24; Donnelly 12 Molan 24; A McKillop 18 Willis 21); England 84 Wales 129 (Barlow 13 Craig 23; Strong 14 M Dougall 24; Seymour 11 Johnston 24; A Dunham 26 Letham 18; Falkner 14 Brown 23; King 6 Forrest 17)

Final placings: 1 Scotland 6pts; 2 England 4pts; 3 Wales 2pts; 4 Ireland 0pts.

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