After another competitive session, England won their morning foursomes 3-2 against Ireland and Scotland came from behind to deny Wales by the same margin on the third and final day of the Boys Home Internationals at Western Gailes Golf Club in Ayrshire.
Holders Ireland made the better start and were up in all five matches in the early stages as a stiff breeze made for testing playing conditions. However, England finished strongly to take a narrow lead into the afternoon singles.
Ireland’s Rowan Lester (pictured) maintained his 100 per cent record after he and James Sugrue were comprehensive 5 and 4 winners over Matty Lamb and Jamie Li in the second match.
Marco Penge and Harry Hall levelled proceedings with their 3 and 1 win over Thomas Mulligan and Jamie Fletcher, while the other three matches all went the distance.
In the top match Haydn McCullen holed a difficult eight-foot birdie putt on the 18th as he and Jamie Dick won by one-hole against Junior Open champion Kevin Leblanc and Tommy O’Driscoll. The result ended Leblanc’s 100 per cent win rate.
Bradley Moore’s 100 per cent record was also brought to an end in the fourth match as he and Jonathan Thomson lost on the final hole to Ireland’s Conor Powell and Owen Crooks.
It was the one-hole win by Ashton Turner and Jake Storey against Eoin Leonard and Cathal Butler that gave England the edge heading into the final session.
Earlier Wales put a strong marker down against hosts Scotland as Chris King’s side looked to win their first session of the week.
Tim Harry and Thomas Williams enjoyed a 3 and 2 win against Ewen Ferguson and Ryan Lumsden in the top match. The youthful pairing of Thomas Froom and Gaelen Trew secured a second point for Wales with their 3 and 2 win over Ben Kinsley and Joseph Bryce.
Scotland rallied as their talisman Robert MacIntyre and Murray Naysmith denied Kyle Harman and Ben Chamberlain by one hole. Moments later Calum Fyfe and George Burns were confirmed as 3 and 1 winners against Rhys Jones and Lewys Sanges in the bottom match.
At 2-2 the outcome was decided by the middle match between the Scottish pair of Adam Fisher and local favourite Stuart Easton against Jack Davidson and David Ramsay.
With nothing to choose between the sides playing the 18th it came down to putts on the final green. Fisher struck a decisive blow when he holed for birdie from 20 feet to win by one-hole. It means he and Lester are the only remaining players who have played all five matches and won all five.