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England close to retaining title after day two

  • England secure a 10-5 win over Ireland to edge closer to retaining title
  • Wales defeat Scotland to move into second place
  • Final day fixtures are England v Scotland, Ireland v Wales

England got both hands firmly on the Boys Home Internationals title at St Annes Old Links after beating Ireland 10-5, while Wales claimed a prize scalp with an 8½- 6½ win over Scotland.

Following their opening 11-4 win over Wales, England won four and halved one of the morning foursomes against Ireland and then edged the afternoon singles 5½-4½.

They will face Scotland in their final match tomorrow while Wales face Ireland. Scotland and Ireland have just half a point each so far and Wales just a point, so England are long odds on for victory.

In the previous 21 stagings of the event, and under the existing format since 1996, England have won 15 times, Ireland four times and Scotland just twice.

Ireland strike first

Reece Black got the first point on the board for Ireland in the singles with a 3&2 win over Alex Fitzpatrick, soon followed by Mark Power who beat Charlie Strickland 3&1, cutting the deficit to just two points early in the afternoon.

Needing just three and a half points from the ten singles to win the match, Toby Briggs got the first one on the board for England with a 2&1 victory over Jack Hearn, then Ben Jones beat Eoin Murphy 4&3 in game number seven.

Two more wins quickly followed to put them over the winning line, Robin Williams beating Robert Moran by one hole and Joe Pagdin beating Jack Doherty 3&2 in match number eight, Williams and Pagdin both making it four wins from their four games so far.

England pull away

Jack Cope chalked up the fifth point for England beating Ross Kelly 2&1 and Thomas Plumb halved his match against Aaron Marshall to make the final single scores 5½-4½.

Cameron Russell had a convincing 4&3 win over Danny Daniels and John Brady beat Conor Gough by one hole for Ireland's other two points.

Thrilling climax

Scotland, who had a second day setback when Callum Bruce was ruled out with a stomach upset, were involved in another nail-biter against Wales.

After their opening draw with Ireland their match again went to final game on the final green before Jack Cade beat Lewis Irvine by one hole to clinch the match for Wales.

See-saw encounter

Darren Howie halved the opening singles with Luke Harries then Jack Broun got Scotland's first point with a 2&1 win over Sean Davies, only for Thomas Matthews to draw Wales level again beating Campbell Gibson by the same margin.

Eric McIntosh and Calum Scott put Scotland two in front, McIntosh beating George Bryant 1-up and Scott beating Tom Froom 2&1, only for Ben Hicks to pull one back with a 3&2 win over Marc Watt and Tom Peet to level the scores yet again with a 2&1 win over Greg Dalziel.

Harry Frazer halved his match with Aidan O'Hagan and Aled Greville beat John Patterson 2&1 to take Wales to 7½ points before Cade clinched the victory.

Follow scoring from the final day’s matches in the Boys Amateur Championship here.