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Holders England in dominant form on day one

  • England defeat Wales 11-4 in opening match
  • Scotland fightback from 7-5 down to level match against Ireland
  • England v Ireland, Scotland v Wales on day two

Holders England won seven and halved one of the ten afternoon singles to inflict an 11-4 defeat on Wales on the first day of the Boys Home Internationals at St Annes Old Links.

Ireland and Scotland shared the spoils 7½-7½ in a roller-coaster thriller, with the lead changing hands throughout the afternoon singles.

Rain affected play

After a bright and breezy morning, heavy rain swept in in the early afternoon, before the last few singles matches in the Scotland-Ireland game had even started and waterlogged greens caused a 75 minute suspension of play.

England, leading 3½-1½ after the morning foursomes, chalked up their first singles victory when their youngest player 14-year-old Conor Gough beat Ben Hicks 6&5, followed by his foursomes partner Robin Williams, who prevailed 4&3 over George Bryant.

Jack Cope claimed England's biggest victory beating Harry Frazer 7&6 and there were other wins for Alex Fitzpatrick, playing his first game of the day, Toby Briggs, Joe Pagdin and Danny Daniels.

Fitzpatrick from Hallamshire, younger brother of European Tour player Matthew, beat Thomas Matthews 3&2, Briggs beat Tom Froom 2&1, Pagdin beat Sean Davies 2&1 and Daniels beat Tom Peet 3 & 2.

Welsh consolation

Wales claimed just two victories. Jack Cade from Wrexham, who didn't play in the morning foursomes, beat Ben Jones by two holes and Aled Greville beat Harry Goddard 5&4 in the final match.

Wales' other half point came through Luke Harries, who led all the way against Charlie Strickland before this year's McEvoy Trophy winner won the 18th hole to square the match.

Scots on level terms

Trailing 3-2 after the foursomes Eric McIntosh put Scotland back on terms with a 5&4 win over Jack Hearn before Robert Moran restored Ireland's lead when he beat Callum Scott 6&5.

Callum Bruce levelled things again with a 3&2 win over John Brady and Greg Daziel gave Scotland the lead with a 4&3 win over Eoin Murphy, only for Ireland's Mark Power to square it up at 5-5 with a one hole win over Darren Howie.

Scottish fightback

Aaron Marshall, playing his first match, beat Campbell Gibson 3&2 to again put Ireland back in front 6-5 and Reece Black stretched their lead to two points for the first time and within one of victory with a 4&2 victory over Marc Watt.

But Scotland were far from finished. Lewis Irvine again cut the deficit to one with a 4&2 win over Charlie Denvir and Jack Broun again squared the match with a one hole win over Jack Doherty.

With the final and decisive match going to the last hole Scot John Paterson fought back from dormie two down to square the contest with Cameron Raymond.    

In tomorrow's (Wed) matches England will play Ireland followed by Scotland and Wales. Follow live scoring here.