Walker and Hudson drop off pace

England's Sophie Walker and Rebecca Hudson fell away from the lead after the second round of the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco.

There remained a strong English challenge towards the top of the leaderboard, however, and Hudson, Walker and veteran Laura Davies head into the weekend firmly in contention.

Walker and Hudson had carded opening five-under-par rounds of 66 to share the lead, but they followed up with respective scores of 71 and 72 to reach halfway in the tournament three shots and four shots off the lead, respectively.

Walker picked holes in her level-par performance, saying: "It's probably the worst it could get. I played really well and just didn't hole as many putts: that was the difference. I think I had 32 putts today and 28 yesterday. I think on this course you need to stay patient so I feel I'm in a great position."

Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn moved to the front of the field by adding a 66 to her opening 68 to reach eight under, and Germany's Nina Holleder fired a second 68 to share second place on six under with French amateur Mathilda Cappaliez, who carded a best-of-the-day 64.

Walker was two shots back in a group with Davies, whose 69 backed up a fine start, plus the French pair of Gwladys Nocera and Sophie Giquel-Bettan.

Hudson, after her disappointing one-over-par round, occupied a share of eighth.