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England surge into lead against Ireland

  • England win 4½ points against Ireland
  • Scotland and Wales all square
  • Afternoon singles matches coming up

England dominated the morning foursomes against Ireland on the second day of the Boys Home Internationals at St Annes Old Links taking a 4½-½ lead into the ten afternoon singles.

On another bright and breezy morning on the Lancashire coast they won the first four and halved the fifth game against Ireland, who had fought to a thrilling but no doubt draining draw in their opening match with Scotland, which had only finished at 8pm on Tuesday evening.

Wales showed their fighting spirit after a 11-4 loss to England on the first day, sharing the morning foursomes with Scotland with two wins and a half.

England in charge

Charlie Strickland and Toby Briggs got the ball rolling for England with a 6&5 victory over Mark Power and Jack Hearn and in the next group behind them Thomas Plumb and Alex Fitzpatrick were also comprehensive winners by 5&4 over Reece Black and Robert Moran.

Perhaps still suffering from the exertions of their drawn match, John Brady and Aaron Marshall were the next Irish pair to fall by 4&3, their game with Conor Gough and Robin Williams finishing on the 15th.

Ben Jones and Joe Pagdin chalked up England's fourth win taking out Jack Doherty and Charlie Denvir 3&2, then in the final match England were denied a clean sweep when Jack Cope and Harry Goddard were held to a half by Cameron Raymond and Ross Kelly.

Morning’s spoils shared

Luke Harries and George Bryant got the first points on the board for Wales with a 3&2 victory over Darren Howie and Eric McIntosh and Ben Hicks and Tom Froom made it 2-0 beating John Paterson and Campbell Gibson by the same margin.

Scotland hit back with two successive 2&1 victories, Jack Broun and Mark Watt beating Sean Davies and Thomas Matthews and Callum Scott and Aidan O'Hagan getting the better of James Ashfield and Jack Cade.

The fifth and final foursomes between Scotland's Lewis Irvine and Greg Dalziel and Wales' Aled Greville and Harry Frazer finished all square.

Follow live scoring from afternoon singles matches here.