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Senior championship 2018

Championship week 1

Game week 1 was full of debuts, returns & postponements. St.Croans, Roscommon hosted Sean Connollys, Longford in Mixed competition on the bank holiday Monday. This was both club's first time playing in our Mixed Championship and Sean Connollys first ever outing in Rounders. Great play came from each team, with the Longford side just edging ahead 17-13 to take the game. Not bad for a newly formed senior club!

Sunday April 8th Erne Eagles, Cavan made a welcome return to our Mens division, facing last years Semi-finalists Na Fianna, Dublin. The Ulster side showing why they are 11 time Men's Champions, with Ger Clerkin hitting a monster home run in the first innings, they never looked back. The Dublin side didn't go down without a fight, Na Fianna's Ronan Gately retaliated with a 3 base hit. Final result 34-12.
A local Derby was on next in Ballon Carlow. Last years Ladies finalist Cuchulainn, took on a returning Bagenalstown. Ballon's Chantelle Blanche had a superb game in short stop, while Bagenalstowns Ann Marie Meaney had a flawless display in L.O.F. Game ended 15-6 in favor of Bagenalstown.
These two clubs faced off in Mixed competition next. It was 11 all top of the 5th, Bagenalstown taking their last at bat knocked in 5 runs. The host team first batter was tagged on 1st, they stayed calm and loaded their bases, which resulted in Cuchulainn's Billy Connors hitting a cracking ball, bringing in the last two scores needed, finishing the game 17-16. 
Our second last game saw last years Mixed champions The Heath, Laois versus newly formed Sporting Limerick, Limerick. The Leinster side's experience played a massive part in this game, however the Limerick panel proved to be no push overs, keeping the champs on their toes for the 5 innings. Game finished 24-11 in favor of The Heath. 
We went back to Tymon Park for the last match of week one, Na Fianna, Dublin V Ballinagore, WestMeath. The Dublin side started strong batting 5 runs in and conceding two. Once Ballinagore shook the cobwebs off, they won every innings after, mainly due to David Langan & Enda Claffey's superb fielding, and Martin Furey smart hitting, getting home all four times he batted. Not far behind him was Na Fiannas Ronan Gately, who was also never put out during his three at bats. Special mention to the Dubs Ann Murphy & Chris Lacy who put on a dominant performance in their positions. Final result 15-7 to Ballinagore, who made it their first ever win.

Championship week 2

In game week 2 we played catch up & had some more impressive debuts. We started on April 15th in Connacht, with Breaffy hosting St.Croans in Ladies & Mixed. Fierce bowling from Mayo's Michelle Hopkins, gave Breaffy an early lead that they kept for the 5 innings. Stand out play also came from Roscommon's Sinead Finn, proving why she was 2017, Ladies Junior AllStar, game ended 23-4.
The Mayo squad showed why they where Mixed Runners up last season, putting a dominant performance in against newly formed St.Croans Mixed, batting in 41 runs & only coinciding 1.  
We headed to McGrath Park Carlow next. Our current Ladies champions, Glynn/Barntown Wexford faced Bagenalstown Carlow, in what can only be described as a nail biting game, with Bagenalstown scraping a win, 11-10.
Both clubs faced off in Mixed competition next, Carlow's Darren Darcy was first at bat, hitting a Home Run. Once the debuting Wexford side settled into the game, they showed to be no push overs, finishing the game with a win 15-12, again not bad for a team only starting.
Clonaslee was the place to be next, Sporting Limerick took on Erne Eagles, Cavan in Mixed. The veteran club controlled the game from the first pitch. Ulster's COF Daryl Dolan caught every ball hit towards him, while team mate Rita Anderson was never put out for her four at bats. Not far behind her was the Munster side's Diane Curren & Padraigh Mann, who had a successful 3 at bats, final result 19-11.
Eagles made their long awaited return to Ladies competition next, facing host club Clonaslee. A 30 second round of applause was held for the late Dypmna Reilly before the game started. Laois' Helena Dunne was top scorer in this game, doing the 100 meter run four times, Cavan's Niamh Smith also had an impressive RBI. Final result 20-13.
Ballinagore hosted Limekiln next, the WestMeath club coming off a high from their last game, shook the Dublin side from the start leading until the 4th innings, when the capitals Adas Bastys hit a monster ball, bringing the Dubs to life. Ballinagore's Martin Fuery was at the fore front again for his club, securing most outs in Short Stop, but more impressively for the second game in a row, was never put out! Result 27-13.
Friday the 20th we had two debuting Ladies team face off, both from Wexford. Adamstown hosted neighbors Barntown Gaels. Gaels scored an impressive 13 runs in their first at bat. Once Adamstown got rid of the rust it became a very close game. Adamstown's Joanne Murphy had a brilliant one handed catch, stand out player for Barnotwn was pitcher Catriona, match result 19-15 to Barntown Gaels.
The following evening Gaels were out again, facing sister club Glynn/Barnotwn. Glynn's veteran skills played a big part in this game, leading from the start and finishing the full 5 innings 23-7, to gain their first win this season.
Sunday was a jam packed day of Rounders. First up was another local derby, Clonaslee, Laois traveled to The Heath GAA. The host team's Danielle Keane demonstrated a flawless game at pitching, leading her squad to victory for their first Ladies game in three years.
We headed to the Capital next, Na Fianna hosted the newly formed Sean Connollys in Men's. It was neck and neck until the 5th, when Sean Connollys batted in 9 runs that the Dubs couldn't match. Na Fianna's Ronan Gatley was the only player not to be put out from either panel. Special mention to Longford's Iain Cheine, who had the hit of the day. Game finished 18-13.
Na Fianna faced off against Carlow's, Cuchulainn in mixed next. Billy Connors was man of the match, contributing 8 of the 15 outs needed to finish the game on 2nd base, final result 26-8 in favour of Cuchulainn.
The same two clubs took to the pitch in Ladies competition next. Cuchulainn proved to be too strong for the Dubliners, only conceding 1 run for the whole game. Carlow's Sarah Butler set her team alight in the first innings with a powerful catch on 3rd base. Na Fianna's Mairead Varley had a good game at short stop letting nothing pass her, score 14-1 & Cuchulainn Ladies first win of the season.
Michael Glaveys, Roscommon hosted two Ladies fixtures next. First facing off against Cavan's Erne Eagles. The Ulster squad hit hard from the get go leaving Glaveys to play catch up. Eagles, Niamh Smith had a superb game for her first time ever pitching. Erne Eagles 26-6 Michael Glaveys.
It was an all Roscommon Ladies fixture next, a much closer game occurred between the host team and St.Croans. Croans Maura had a stand out performance as catcher. Referee Philip, was impressed with how far all the Glaveys women have progressed in a year. St.Croans took their first win on a scoreline of 6-4.
Last match for game week 2 was set for Monaghan, with Carrickmacross hosting Limekiln in Men. The Dub's held their opposition scoreless for 4 out of the 5 innings.Ulster's Francie Walsh hit a monster ball over second base, to bring his team back into the game. Limekiln's Edward Healy had a remarkable outing in short stop with 4 catches & 3 assist. 5-4 to the Dubs.

Championship week 3

In game week 3, we traveled to Mullahoran, Cavan, on the 29th of April. Breaffy made a return to our Men's competition, for the first time in over two decades, facing host club Erne Eagles. Ulsters Daryl Dolan, was top scorer in this game & the only player to get home every time he was called to bat. Breaffy's David Mulderry wasn't far behind touching all bases 3 times. Man of the match went to Mayo's Colm Jordan for his outstanding performance in L.O.F. Game finished 15-7 to Eagles.
Both club's faced off in Mixed next. 4-4 after the first, this set the tone for the whole game, with little separating either side for the five innings, finishing 10 all. Steven Jordan had a dominant performance in Short Stop for the Mayo team, while Eagles, Ollie Fitzsimons showed why he is a three time Allstar.
Ladies championship was next, the Breaffy side took control of the game after the second innings. Connacht's, Michelle Hopkins, was impressively never put out during either games she participated in. Stand out player for this game went to Mayo's, Paula Lenahan who had a spell of catches at backstop. Result after 5 innings, 17-5.
Tymon park, Dublin, was our next venue with 3 fixtures taking place. Limekiln hosted Bagenalstown in mixed first. 0-0 after the first, all was to play for. The Dublin side came to life in the 2nd, scoring 10 runs and conceding zero again. Limekiln's Chris Hughes had a great game, contributing to 6 outs for his team, not far behind was Bagenasltown's Martin Cody with 4 brilliant catches in LOF. Final result 13-6.
Like always when these two Ladies teams compete, very little separates them. Bagenalstown's Nicola Clarke was in flying form for this game, pitching some balls quicker than the Limekiln player's could blink, Nicola was also involved in 9 of the 12 outs her club needed! The Dub's, Susan Eagers had an outstanding game on 2nd base. Limekiln Ladies started their season with a win, 8-7.
Greenhills Ladies hosted St.Croans after this. Greenhills hit hard from the first innings scoring 8 & never looked back. Dublin's, Megan Tipper was never put out for her 5 at bats, while Croans, Martha Keane had a superb catch at short stop. Game finished 18-8.
We headed down south next, were Cuchulainn, Carlow, hosted Ballinagore in mixed first. Cuchulainn had a comfortable win, 27-6. Making this 3 out of 3, so far this season. Carlow's Shane Brennan had the cath of the day, in his debut game.
Ladies competition was scheduled next in Ballon. We had a very close encounter between Wexford's, Adamstown & Ballon's, Cuchulainn. The referees report show's that both teams were on par with one another. Wexford's, Susan had a great day at batting, with a flurry of catches at backstop. Adamstown secured their first ever win, on a scoreline 10-9.
Clonaslee Gaa, Laois was the place to be next, Michael Glaveys faced Clonaslee, in Ladies. Another very close encounter occured, with little separating either teams for the 5 innings. Roscommon's Anna & Maria had two magnificent double plays in Short Stop & 3rd Base, along with Fiona who had some excellent outs on 2nd base, giving Glaveys their first win of the season, 12-11. 
Sean Connollys hosted their first competitive senior competition's, on Saturday 5th of May facing current Mixed & Men champions, The Heath. First up was Mixed, the Ballinalee side new they had a big challenge ahead, giving it their all. However The Heath, had a very confident squad, scoring 40 runs, with a big help from James Kavanagh's smart batting, & allowing only two home.
Men's was next. Laois' 6 time AllStar Dwayne Keane, Commanded the game as pitcher, leading his team to victory on a scoreline of 32-2.
Our last day of game week three took place in Tymon Park, Dublin were Glynn/Barntown faced Na Fianna in Mixed first. Wexford's, Kenny O' Reilly, put on a spectacular show everytime he stepped in the batters box, scoring two massive home runs. Not to be out done Na Fianna's, Ronan Gatley also hit a home run in the 5th. Game finished 42-2 to Glynn/Barntown.
The last match of game week 3, saw the above face off in Ladies. Our current CJ Haughey champions Glynn/Barntown, had a flawless game. Wexford's Short Stop, Ann Hanley had a triple play in the 5th inning's, with a catch, tag & assist to second base. "Man of the match" went to Dublin's, Evelyn Twomey in C.O.F, who had six magnificent catches, that had all spectators applauding. Final result 28-5.

Championship Week 4

Game week 4 started with a local derby, Na Fianna hosting Limekiln. They faced off first in Ladies competition, the south Dublin side, led for the 5 innings. Na Fianna's, Ailish Nevile was never put out for her 4 at bats, while Limekiln's, Liz Maguire had play of the game, with a catch & then diving on to 1st base making it a double. Final result 18-13.

Mixed followed, Limekiln had a comfortable win keeping Na Fianna scoreless for 3 of the 5 innings. Liam Whelan was Na Fianna's top scorer, while Eddie Healy had a superb RBI, game finished 30-6. 
Men's was next. Ronan Gately was on fire outfield for his club, with some magnificent catches. Limekiln's James Dillon, was man of the match, hitting two Home-Runs, knocking the second ball out of the park. Limekiln made it a hat-trick of wins on a scoreline of 32-7.
We traveled to Munster next, were Sporting Limerick faced St. Croans, both teams setting out for their first win of the season. Roscommon's Adrian Tarmey had a monster hit in the first innings, bringing 3 players home. Once the Limerick side settled there was no looking back, making it their first ever win, 23-9.
Wexford was the place to be next, Glynn/Barntown Ladies made the short trip to Adamstown. Our current Champions put on a stellar performance, especially Ann Hanley in S.S & Kiera Waters on 2nd, Adamstown's Joanne Murphy, also had a great game in L.O.F. Result 19-4 in favour of Glynn/Barntown.
Cuchulainn hosted Barntown Gaels, on Monday evening. Nothing separated either team for the first 3 innings. Cuchulainn scored an impressive 13 runs in the 4th, that the Wexford side could not recover from. Carlow's Short Stop, Chantelle Cole was man of the match, game ended 20-9.
Laois was the place to be the following Sunday. Erne Eagles, Cavan traveled to face The Heath in all 3 sections, first to take the field was the Ladies. Laois Elaine Daly was top scorer in this game, while team mate Danielle Keane got most out's for her club, 19-2 to The Heath.
Mixed followed, a game of Home Runs took place with The Heath's, Rory Treacy kicking it off, soon followed by James Kavanagh & Danielle Keane. Not to be out done, Eagles Shane Sheridan retaliated in the 4th with his own Home Run. Rory Treacy had a magnificent RBI in this game leading his club to take the win 33-12.
Mens was next, the Cavan side leading until the 4th when The Heath equalized the score. Bottom of the 5th The Heath ahead by two, Eagles first two batters put out, you could hear a pin drop, until Michael Cullen scored the winning run. The Ulster Catcher, Damien McArdle was never put out for his 6 at bats. 16-15 to Erne Eagles.
The Heath Ladies faced Greenhills next, a postponed game from week 1. Greenhills were no match for the one time champs. Elaine Daly was again top scorer for this game. The Heath 26- Greenhills 10.
Greenhills faced Clonaslee earlier that day. The Dub's Yvonne Healy, had hit of the day while Laois' Angelina Daly, had a perfect game in short stop, with three brilliant catches. Clonaslee secured their second win this season 25-21.
We traveled to Mayo, with Breaffy hosting Sean Connollys in Mixed, Men & Michael Glaveys in Ladies. Connachts Seamus Lunn, hit a Home Run in the Mixed that set Breaffy alight. Game ended 31-4.
Breaffy on flying form for the Men's game, took the lead from the first innings, never looking back. Steve Jordan was man of the match, with some excellent hitting & fielding.
The Mayo side made it 3 for 3, with their Ladies having a comfortable win, 27-2. Avril Coyne put most players out for Breaffy, while team mate Katie Kenny had a outstanding day at batting.

Championship week 5

We traveled to Tymon Park Dublin, to Kick of game week five, with Barntown Gaels facing Na Fianna. Barntown had a slow start, until their Catcher Michelle Malone, hit a Home Run, they never looked back. NA Fiannas Ann Murphy had some fine hits also. Final result 28-11 in favour of Barntown Gaels 

Next up Limekiln hosted Glynn/Barntown in Mixed, no more than three runs separated them for the full 5 innings. Wexford's Kenny O Reilly was on top form as Catcher, with 5 outs to his name along with a Home Run in the first innings, Dublin's Adam Riordan also had a sneaky Home Run in the second, Game ended 16-13 to Glynn/Barntown.
Next up Breaffy faced The Heath in Ladies, Mixed & Men. The Ladies took center stage first. The Mayo side had a strong start, leaving The Heath to play catch up.
Laois' Danielle Keane & Connachts Michelle Hopkins both had brilliant games as Pitcher. Game ended 24-22 to Breaffy.
Mixed was next. Breaffy leading 8-7 going into the third, Due to a massive Home Run from Jamie Murphy. Once our reigning All Ireland champions settled, they batted in 7 & conceded 0 to go ahead. The Heaths Rory Treacy had a 100% at bat, match result 18-15.
Another close game took place next, with The Heath becoming eventual winners on a score line of 17-12.
We headed back to Tymon Park the following Sunday for three games. Michael Glaveys traveled to face Greenhills in Ladies first, a neck & neck game is how you would describe this. The Roscommon women ahead by 5 going into the Dubs last at bat, Greenhills managed to load the bases, and score the 6 required runs to win the game. Glaveys Maria Coll was stand out player on third base, not far behind her was Anna Gallagher in Short Stop & team mate Sharon Carty was top scorer. For the Capital, Yvonne Healy  had a great game in C.O.F with four dominant catches, while Diana Rus was never put out. Final result 22-21.
Sporting Limerick versus Sean Connollys was next. Munsters Liam Keyes, led his squad to victory with a 100% RBI, not without a little help from Gerrard Kearns, who hit a Home Run in the fourth innings. Man of the match went to Longfords Padraig Reynolds, who had a spell of catches in L.O.F, also hitting the first home run of the game in the second innings.
Men's competition was next with Limekiln facing Sean Connollys. The Longford side startled the Dub's in the first innings scoring four and conceding two. Once Limekiln settled, they took charge of the game, winning on a score line of 23-11. Stand out plays came from James Dillon, who hit a Home Run in the third innings, Chris Hughes who had catch of the game & Iain Cheyne who had two magnificent hits over First base.
We headed down South next where Bagenalstown hosted Adamstown in Ladies.
The Wexford side proved to be no push overs, displaying some magnificent hits that took the home team by surprise. Carlows Nicola Clarke was at the forefront for her team, helping them secure a win, 17-9.  
Following this Bagenalastown faced Ballinagore in Mixed. Bagenalstown took early control of the game, with superb play coming from Brian Darcy as Catcher & Ellen Condon on First base, who put most of Ballinagores players out. 
The last game from week 5 was St.Croans against Clonaslee, another game that came down to the wire. Leinsters Aine Dunne, was top scorer for this game and was never put out, along with Croans Maura Tarmey, who was mentioned as man of the match by the ref. Draw game 16-16.

Championship Week 6

In Game week six, Michael Glaveys Ladies hosted The Heath. Some excellent Rounders came from the Leinster veterans, helping them secure a good win on a score line of 35-4. Glaveys Linda Rogan, was man of the match as Cather, with some fine outs and double plays.  

Erne Eagle's Men traveled to Tymon Park, faceing Limekiln Dublin. Cavans L.O.F Darryl Dolan, hit a monster Home Run in the first innings that shook the Dub's. Ulsters Sean Brady was the only player never put out, while Limekilns Adam Riordan, made the most out's for this game. Eagles had a comfortable win, 38-15.
Ballinagore faced Glynn/ Barntown in Mixed next. Wexfords Paul Cooper had an outstanding game at batting, with two Home Runs secured for his team, along with Kenny & Richie O Reilly. Star player for Ballinagore was Declan Claffey as Pitcher, final result 30-9 in favour of Glynn/Barntown.
Breaffy faced Sporting Limerick, in Athenry next. Mayos Steve Jordan, had a 100% success rate at bat. Munsters Martha O Sullivan was also never put out. Game finished 19-7 to Breaffy.
On Tuesday the 12th, Bagenalstown faced Barntown Gaels in Ladies. A draw game going in to the 4th innings, the Carlow side pulled away, with the help of some fine fielding from Anne Marie Meaney & Sharon O Rourke. Final result 22-7.
The Following evening Limekiln hosted Cuchulainn Carlow in  Ladies & Mixed. Ladies was first, in what can only be described as a marathon game.  22-7 at the bottom of the third to the host team, Cuchulainn closed the gap, scoring nine runs due to some amazing hits from Ann Marie Brennan & Gillian Nolan. Both Chantelle Blanch & Liz Maguire had game changing catches in Short Stop. Game ended 27-21 in favour of the Dub's.
Mixed was next. Cuchulainn's first 3 batters were put out, with a superb double play coming from Eddie Healy. Carlows Darryl O Mara, retaliated in the second innings, with a bases loaded Home Run. Limekilns Chris Hughes had a 100% success rate at bat, helping his team secure a win on a score line of 19-11.
For our last day of game week 6 we headed to MaGuire park Longford. Breaffy faced Na Fianna in Men first, great batting from Connacht's nine and splendid fielding from Colm Jordan in L.O.F, secured Breaffy a comfortable win on a score line of 30-4.
Breaffy took on Greenhills Ladies after, in a much closer game. The Dub's Ann Meegan had most catches in L.O.F, while team mate Niamh Haverty was the only player never put out. 2-1 going into the 5th, Mayos Katie Kenny, hit a superb ball, sparking the rest of her team to do the same. Breaffy ahead by 13 and Greenhills last bat, Michelle Hopkins stepped up her game as pitcher, taking out Greenhills first two players, helping to secure her team another win, on a scoreline of 15-2.
Mullahoran was the place to be next, Erne Eagles hosted St.Croans in Mixed. Eagles scored 6 & conceded 0 in the first innings, Cavans Gerrard Clarkin, took the three outs required for his team on First Base. Ulster's Gary Reilly, Michael Cullen & Ger Clarkin all hit Homers in the second innings, the Roscommon side couldn't recover from this, game ended 20-6.

Championship week 7

In game week 7 we traveled to Ballintobber first, were St.Croans hosted The Heath in Ladies & Mixed. 19-4 in favour of the Laois natives going in to the 5th, St.Croans came alive scoreing an impressive 13 runs, due to some fine hits from Clodagh and Sheila. Leinsters Danielle Keane had a 100% success rate at bat, helping to secure her team a victory, 19-17.

The Heath had a comfortable win in the Mixed game. Tom Moore scored all four times he was called to bat, while Roscommons, Prapeed was never put out. Game finished 22-5.
We headed East next, were Limekiln Ladies hosted Barntown Gaels. The Dub's Laura Eagers had an amazing day batting, scoring two home runs, while team mate Emma Hudson scored one helping their team secure the win. Barntowns Sinead Boland, was top scorer for her club. Final result 25-14.
Limekiln were out again the following Friday, facing Adasmtown of Wexford. Adamstown shook Limekiln from the start, with some fine hits from all 9 players. Wexfords, Roisin Barden had a 100% success rate at bat, team mate Marie Murphy was never put out, while Leanne Delany had a bases loaded home run, match result 27-26.
For our final day of game week 7 we traveled to Ballon, were Cuchulainn hosted Glynn/Barntown in Ladies & Mixed. A rematch of last years Ladies final was up first. Carlows Ann Marie & Chantelle had some outstanding plays while fielding. Wexfords, Emma Reddy was flying pitches across home base, helping secure her team the win 11-5.
The Mixed game was a very close encounter until Glynns, Jason Malone hit a home run, that Cuchulainn couldn't recover from. Match result 26-20.
We traveled to Maguire Park, Balinalee next for three games. First up Breaffy faced Clonaslee in Ladies. The Connaught side ran out eventual winners, with the help of excellent fielding from Katie Kenny & Paula Lennahan. Game finished 38-12.
Breaffy faced Limekiln in men next. James Dillon & Edward Healy took most outs for their squad, while Mayo's two Colm's had super display's at bat. Game ended 21-20 to Limekiln.
Next Erne Eagles took on Greenhills, the Cavan 9 put on a dominant performance batting, especially Pamela McCabe, who hit a bases loaded home run, helping her club secure a win 45-20.
Carlow was the last venue set for game week 7. The Heath faced Na Fianna in Mens first. Laois' James Kavanagh hit an impressive 3 home runs, while Dwayne Keane was never put out. Dublins Ronan Gately had most catches for his team, in LOF. Final score 31-5.
Na Fianna faced host club Bagenasltown, in Mixed & Ladies next. 3-2 going in to the third, all was to play for, the Carlow 9 batted in 10 runs and conceded zero. Bagenalstowns Martin Cody did the 100 meter sprint 5 times, helping his team get the victory, 26-2.
Bagenalstown Ladies also got the win, but the Dub's put up a fight, mainly due to some fine fielding from Evelyn Twomey, who was named Man Of The Match. Carlows Ellen Condon had a magnificent game on 1st base also. 16-8

Championship week 8

Our final game week kicked off on Tuesday the 3rd. Our current senior Men champions hosted Limekiln of Dublin. A draw game for the first and second innings, due to some fine fielding from Damien Keane & Shane Murtagh. The Dublin side pulled away, with the help of Adas Bastys, who scored two home runs. Laois' James Kavanagh, was the only player never put out from either side, while Limekiln's James Dillon was top scorer for this game. Final result 29-20.


For the final day of game week 8, Sean Connollys hosted Erne Eagles in Men & Mixed. Erne Eagles Men finished their season the way they began it, with a comfortable win. Gary Reilly had an outstanding game as Pitcher. Match result 21-6.


The Mixed game was rescheduled due to an injury sustained by a Sean Connolly player. Thursday evening was the date for the replay, Eagles had another comfortable win, with the help of smart batting from Una Brady & Daryl Dolan. Game ended 46-2.


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