SQUASH: England beat Finland in Perrier Women's World Team Championship

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England crushed Finland in less than an hour of quarter-final play at the Perrier Women's World Team Championship in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia yesterday. Norfolk's Cassie Jackman needed just 20 minutes to dismiss Nina Taimiaho at first string and Linda Charman of Sussex took a minute longer to defeat Kia Paasivirta at second string. Gloucester's Fiona Geaves cleaned up in the dead third string rubber in 13 minutes against Pia Karonnen. England's semi-final opponents will be South Africa, who justified their fourth seeding with a 3-1 victory over the Netherlands, seeded sixth.

PERRIER WOMEN'S WORLD TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (Malaysia) Quarter-finals: Australia 3 Scotland 0 (Aus first: M Martin bt C Waddell 9-4 9-5 9-4, L Irving bt W Maitland 9-0 9-3 9-4, C Owens bt P Nimmo 9-2 9-6); New Zealand 2 Germany 1; South Africa 2 Netherlands 1; England 3 Finland 0 (Eng first: C Jackman bt N Taimiaho 9-1 9-1 9-0, L Charman bt K Paasivirta 9-3 9-0 9-4, F Geaves bt P Karonnen 9-3 9-2). 9-16 play-offs: United States 3 Spain 0; France 2 Ireland 1 (Fr first: C Castets lost to A McArdle 7-9 7-9 4-9, I Stoehr bt L Finnegan 9-1 9-5 9-2, C Vezin bt O French 7-9 9-4 9-4 9-2); Canada 3 Hong Kong 0, Egypt 2 Denmark 1. Lower-place play-offs: Malaysia 2 Brazil 1; Italy 2 Japan 1.

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