England edge closer to Boys Home Internationals title

England almost have their hands on The R&A Trophy and their ninth Boys Home International title in 12 years after establishing a 4-1 foursomes lead over defending champions Ireland, on the final morning at Royal St David’s, Harlech.

Scotland defeated Wales by the same margin in the morning foursomes making certain that they are ready to pounce should the English team falter in the remaining matches.

Early on England’s match with Wales was evenly balanced and at the turn there was not more than a hole between the pairs in four of the five games.  Carris Trophy winner Harry Casey and Max Orrin produced some impressive play to win 10 and 11, going on to win the match 4&3.

Oliver Carr and Paul Kinnear were always in command against Kieran Lynch and Enda Craddock and they stormed to a 5&4 success.

The talented duo of Callum Shinkwin and Toby Tree playing at the top of the order were involved in a battle royale with Jack Hume and Gavin Moynihan for the first 13 holes, however, wins at 14, 15 and 17 secured a 3&1 victory.

Curtis Griffiths and Gregory Payne lost the last hole to William Russell and Alex Gleeson and had to settle for a half and Nathan Kimsey and Patrick Kelly also lost the last to be pegged back to square against Conor Glynn and Keagan Cummings.

Scotland’s tie with Wales was desperately close with four of the five games being decided on the final green and the other one on the 17th.

Greig Marchbank and Eamon Bradley won the last to edge home against Welsh Boys Champion David Boote and Oliver Baker and Jack MacDonald and Liam Johnson held on at the 18th to pip Otto Mand and Delon Hau.

Bradley Neil and Craig Ross won the last to overcome Jack Bush and Zac Galliford while in the bottom match Ewan Scott and Daniel Hendry captured the 17th to beat Oliver Dickson and Ryan Haskell by 2&1.

Wales’s only win came in the top match in which Patrick Mullins and Oliver Mottram always had their noses in front of Grant Forrest and Josh Jamieson and prevailed by one hole.