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HONOURS EVEN FOR IRELAND AND LANCASHIRE AT MALVERN FESTIVAL

It was honours even at the Malvern Festival as Ireland and Lancashire won one game each on Thursday.

Amy Hunter was the all-round hero for the Irish girls as they bounced back from a heavy defeat in the morning to run out convincing winners in the afternoon game.

Hunter took 2 for 0 as Lancashire were restricted to 88 for 8 – Ali Keenan (2-2) also picking up a brace.

The Instonians all-rounder then thumped 5 fours and 3 sixes in a brilliant unbeaten 54 from just 32 balls as the Irish chased down the modest target with 15 balls and 7 wickets to spare.

The Irish had struggled on a damp pitch in the morning game as Zara Matthews (4-11) and Katie Hodge (3-10) combined to dismiss them for just 53.

Sara Condron and Louise Little took early wickets to reduce Lancashire to 3 for 2, but Daisy Mullen hit 6 boundaries in her 31 not out to seal the win.

MALVERN UNDER 15 GIRLS FESTIVAL

Match 1, Lancashire beat Ireland by 8 wickets

IRELAND 53 all out (21.1 overs; Z Matthews 4-11, K Hodge 3-10)

LANCASHIRE 54-2 (11.4 overs; D Mullen 31*)

Match 2, Ireland beat Lancashire by 7 wickets

LANCASHIRE 88-8 (20 overs; K Hodge 29; A Hunter 2-0, A Keenan 2-2)

IRELAND 89-3 (17.3 overs; A Hunter 54*)

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