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Shaw takes the plaudits

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ALTHOUGH the six-man Channel Islands side - three each from Jersey and Guernsey - finished the group stage of the EBA Centenary Test series at the bottom of the Group 2 table, Alan Shaw was a happy man.

Shaw, who started out with a hat-trick of victories on day one at Torquay, completed the group programme with another excellent win, against Ireland's Michael Nutt in the singles.Earlier, he had helped Jersey's Tim Murphy to a creditable three-shots defeat against Nutt and world outdoor singles champion Jeremy Henry, but for once it was the Guernsey trio of Daniel de la Mare, Craig Dorey and Ian Merrien who stole the honours in the triples.Ireland, who qualified for the knockout stage, which will be staged at Worthing this weekend, fielded a strong side, but Murphy did well to match Henry for most of his singles encounter before losing by two shots, 21-19.Peter Le Long, father of world women's U25 singles champion Lindsey Greechan, impressed in his singles matches but lost his last one to Ireland's former British Isles champion Clifford Craig, 21-13.The shock of the tournament was Scotland's failure to qualify for the semi finals - something that simply can not be explained by the injury that put world indoor champion Alex Marshall out of the event for the last two days.Another shock was Australia's recovery from a disastrous start to make the frame for the semi finals, where they will face Ireland.

England take on South Africa in the other semi final.

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