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Ireland make fine start to title defence

• Girls’ Home Internationals get underway at Little Aston Golf Club near Birmingham.

• The 2016 champions Ireland beat Scotland 2-1 in first foursomes match.

• England lead Wales in other match by 2-1 going into the afternoon singles.

Ireland made a successful start to the defence of their title after beating Scotland 2-1 in the foursomes on the first morning of the Girls’ Home Internationals at Little Aston Golf Club near Birmingham.

Torrential rain caused play to be suspended between 8.45am and 10.30am but that did not stop the holders edging in front with six singles still to be contested this afternoon.

Valerie Clancy and Sara Byrne took the honours in the top match when they beat Hazel McGarvie and Jillian Farrell by 1 hole but the Scots bounced back when Louise Duncan and Hannah Darling defeated Lauren Walsh and Beth Coulter 2&1. That meant the morning result depending on the outcome of the third game on the course and in the end the point went to Ireland when Rachel Thompson and Maeve Rooney beat Kirsty Brodie and Molly Richmond 4&3.

The other match is also delicately poised with England holding a slender 2-1 lead over Wales at the end of the morning foursomes.

Hollie Muse and Samantha Fuller got the English off to a solid start when they beat Lucy Jones and Ffion Tynan by 3&2 in the opening match and Lily May Humphreys and Hannah Screen also provided the host nation with a valuable point after beating Caitlin Evans-Brand and Ffion Vineall by two holes. The Welsh point came from Carys Worby and Ffion Evans who beat Emily Price and Martha Lewis by 3&2.

Follow scoring from the Girls' Home Internationals here.