Scotland and England impress in day-two foursomes

England and Scotland edged the foursomes encounters on day two of the Boys Home Internationals at Royal St David’s, Harlech – the battle for the R&A Trophy remains wide open.

Scotland stepped up their challenge establishing a 3-2 foursomes advantage against defending champions Ireland while England who beat the Scots yesterday led 3-2 against Wales after a tense morning.

Bradley Neil and Craig Ross recorded the biggest win for the Scots cruising home 6&5 against Kieran Lynch and John Galbraith after winning the first five holes.

In the top match Grant Forrest recovered from sickness which kept him sidelined yesterday and Josh Jamieson were in fine form to defeat Jack Hume and Keagan Cummings by 5&3.

The Scots won the opening three holes, then birdied 7, 8 and 9 to open up a six-hole lead at the turn before the Irish staged a brief rally getting back to three down.  Wins at 14 and 15 gave the Scots a crucial point and they bagged a third when Liam Johnston and Jack McDonald triumphed 4&2 against Gavin Moynihan and Conor Glynn.

Ireland’s William Russell and Alex Gleeson were always in command in the bottom match and went on to beat Daniel Hendry and Ewan Scott by 3&2 but the other game was always in the balance.  Gary Hurley and Jack Leacy defeated Greig Marchbank and Eamon Bradley 2&1 after a titanic struggle which was level for most of the way.  With the score line 3-2 to Scotland there is all to play for this afternoon.

While Wales only recorded one victory, Zac Galliford and Jack Bush defeating Nathan Kimsey and Patrick Kelly 4&2 in a game in which they were never behind. There was considerable tension in the other matches with two of them ending with even honours.

England pairs Curtis Griffiths and Gregory Payne and Harry Casey and Max Orrin were one up with three to play in their matches but both had to settle for halves against David Boote and Oliver Baker and Otto Mand and Delon Hau respectively.

Oliver Carr and Paul Kinnear won the last hole against Ryan Thomas and Ryan Haskell for a crucial win which sent England into lunch with an advantage.

Callum Shinkwin and Toby Tree were level much of the time in the top match against Patrick Mullins and Oliver Mottram but they then won 14 and 15 and went on to triumph 2&1.

The afternoon singles are now underway. Click here to view thre scores.