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Wales beat holders England in morning foursomes

• England were defeated 2-1 by the Welsh team on the opening morning of the Ladies’ Home Internationals at Little Aston near Birmingham.

• Play suspended for nearly two hours after torrential rain in the morning.

• Ireland hold narrow 2-1 lead over Scotland after winning the first two matches on the course.

Wales beat holders England 2-1 in the foursomes on the opening morning of the Ladies’ Home Internationals at Little Aston near Birmingham.

The English have lifted the trophy five times in the last six years but that did not stop the Wales taking a slender lead into the singles after play was suspended for an hour and three quarters after torrential early morning rain flooded the course.

Olivia Kelly and Megan Lockett got the Welsh off to the best possible start when they beat English duo Lianna Bailey and India Clyburn by one hole in the opening foursome. Emma Allen and Rochelle Morris restored parity when they beat Jordan Ryan and Georgia Lewis 6 & 4 but the Welsh edged in front for a second time when Kath O’Connor and Bethan Morris beat Gemma Clews and Sophie Lamb by one hole. Six singles are to be contested this afternoon.

In the other match Ireland hold a narrow 2-1 lead over Scotland after winning the first two matches on the course. Maria Dunne and Julie McCarthy got things going with a 3 & 1 win over Eilidh Briggs and Chloe Goadby and Annabel Wilson and Mairead Martin then doubled the advantage with a 4 & 3 victory over Connie Jaffrey and Clara Young before the Scots got their first point on the board when Shannon McWilliam and Hannah McCook beat Paula Grant and Ciara Casey by two holes. 

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