England made a winning start to the defence of their Boys Home Internationals title with a 3-2 foursomes win over Wales in testing conditions at Conwy (Caernarvonshire) Golf Club where Scotland defeated Ireland 3-2 in the morning session.
In recent years Wales have struggled in the foursomes format but the hosts – with eight players making their debut - gave a good account of themselves against another strong England line-up seeking their fourth win in five years.
The decisive match turned out to be the top tie between England’s in-form Marco Penge and Jamie Li, who won on the final hole after a tight match against Tom Williams and Ben Chamberlain.
Williams and Chamberlain were one down with three to play before squaring the match playing 18. However things unravelled for the Welsh pair as Chamberlain lost his ball in the gorse left off the tee. To compound matters the Padeswood & Buckley teenager fired his approach to the 18th over the green and out of bounds before shaking hands and conceding the match.
Elsewhere William Enefer and Harry Hall put the first point on the board for England with their 6&4 win over Jordan Golley and Gareth Morgan, while Max Martin and Matty Lamb defeated the Welsh pair of Aled Greville and Tom Froom 5&4.
The middle match was a close encounter before Callam Morris and Tom Davies ran out 2&1 winners against England’s Charlie Strickland and Toby Briggs.
The performance of the morning came from Wales’ Matthew Harris and Laurence Vargas, who never trailed and were six up through ten holes before defeating Gian-Marco Petrozzi and Rhys Nevin-Wharton 5&3.
Scotland set down a strong early marker when Calum Fyfe and Niall McMullen defeated Marc Boucher and 2014 Junior Open Championship winner Kevin LeBlanc 4&3 in the top match.
Will Porter and Rory Franssen doubled Scotland’s advantage with their 2&1 win over Thomas Mulligan and Peter Kerr, while Darren Howie and Sandy Scott had a nervy finish before defeating Ireland’s Conor Purcell and Alan Fahy on the final green. The Scottish pair had been three-up with three to play but lost balls on the 16th and 17th before composing themselves to close out the match with a par on the tight par-four 18th.
Ireland claimed the bottom two matches; Marc Norton and Marc McKinstry won 4&2 against Chris Curran and Joseph Bryce, while Cathal Butler and Devin Morley defeated Murray Naysmith and Kieran Cantley 3&2.
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