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England and Ireland in good form at Little Aston

• England defeated 8-1 Wales on the first day of the Girls’ Home Internationals.

• Ireland beat Scotland 6-3 in other match at Little Aston near Birmingham.

England defeated Wales on the first day of the Girls’ Home Internationals at Little Aston Golf Club near Birmingham.

However, 17-year-old team member, Amelia Williamson, from Royal Cromer, in Norfolk, was rushed to hospital in the early hours of the morning suffering from what turned out to be gastroenteritis. She was released following treatment but may well not be able to take any part in the tournament as her team bids to regain the trophy from last year’s winners, Ireland.

Without the services of Williamson her team-mates beat Wales 2-1 in a morning foursomes series which had to be suspended for an hour and three quarters after torrential rain flooded the course. The weather improved by late morning and the English were able to complete a 6-0 whitewash in the afternoon singles against what is a young but promising Welsh team.

Holly Muse started the rout with a 6&5 victory over Lucy Jones in the top singles and she was followed by Lily May Humphreys, Emily Price, Martha Lewis, Hannah Screen and Samantha Fuller who all recorded wins to complete the 8-1 scoreline.

“That was a very good performance today. It was tough earlier this morning although I didn’t see much of the bad weather because I was in A&E with Amelia (Williamson),” said England captain Janet Melville.

The game pitting holders Ireland against Scotland turned out to be a much tighter tussle with Ireland winning 6-3 after a series of matches went to the last green.

The Irish had Valerie Clancy and Sara Byrne and Rachel Thompson and Maeve Rooney to thank for a 2-1 lead after the foursomes but Hazel MacGarvie quickly restored parity for the Scots with a two hole victory over Lauren Walsh in the top singles. That set the tone for the rest of the afternoon with four of the last five matches going all the way to the 18th. Emma Forbes beat Louis Duncan 4&2 to regain the lead for Ireland but the next two matches were halved before Clancy claimed the winning point for the Irish after nearly holing her third shot on the last to beat Jasmine MacKintosh by one hole. Cork’s Rachel Thompson then sealed things for the holders with a birdie on the last to beat Molly Richmond by the same margin.

“It was a very tight victory. It came down to two great halves before Valerie (Clancy) came in with a stunning shot to halve the last having been in the bunker of the tee. I thought she’d holed it for a second. It was that close,” said Ireland captain Gemma Butler.

“We beat Scotland in the last match last year and it was much the same again this time. It was very close and could have gone either way. It wasn’t easy I can tell you. We’re very happy.”

Follow scoring of the Girls' Home Internationals here.