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England Ladies are back on top of the world after a two-year absence.

And the hosts did it in style, beating Northern Ireland 13-6 to reclaim their team prize.

Cat Jones, a member of the England B squad to win the European team prize earlier this year, claimed all of her three frames.

However, after a tight first session when the ‘Nordies’ only trailed 3-2, England gradually pulled away for victory.

They led 7-3 after the second session, 11-4 after the third before individual semi-finalists, Katie Martyn and Barbara Taylor, completed the formalities.

Martyn and Taylor each won three of their four frames while Lorraine Fivey and Sharon James picked up two victories.

The Ulster girls’ ‘final’ was arguably their 13-12 semi-final win over defending champion, Australia.

The Aussies certainly fancied their chances of lifting the trophy for a second successive year.

They topped the table after the group stages, winning 11 of their 12 games.

In contrast, Northern Ireland, winners in 2013 and 2014, gained only seven victories.

But after sharing the first 20 frames against the favourites, Emma Cunningham, Nat Madden and finally Jo Coe, over Sharron Brown, earned Northern Ireland a famous win.

England defeated South Africa 13-7 in the other semi. They led by only one after three sessions but ran out easy winners as Lyndsey Roberts, Katie Martyn, Sharon James, Lorraine Fivey and Barbara Taylor reeled off five without reply.

Jones topped the overall averages, winning 45 of her 55 frames in the round robin phase with Cunningham claiming 43 of her 60 frames.


Trevor Baxter - Press Officer
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