The strong pairing of Dan Brown [Masham], the English Men’s Amateur Champion, and England B international Will Whiteoak [Shipley] led off the morning foursomes in this match, steadily building a good lead, and holding it, to win 3/1. The reverse happened in match 2, and Cheshire won by 1 hole. In match 3, Raybould and Robinson also progressed steadily, and finished winning 4/2, whilst Cass and Fell in match 4 never led, and succumbed by 4/3. The last two matches were closer, and with 3/2 results, one to each County, the lunchtime score was 3-3.
A good start was needed for the afternoon singles, and that is just what the first four players produced. Brown won 5/4, Whiteoak by 5/3, Ben Hutchinson by 3/1, and David Hague by 4/2. Match 5 was very tight, but Robinson eventually lost 1 down. Matty Raybould, last year’s Junior Captain, won 3/1, and with both Nathan Fell and James Cass fighting back after their morning defeat with wins by 3/1 and 4/3 respectively, the match win was secured. Bairstow, Daughtry, and Harrison all finished on the 18th hole, unfortunately with losses, and the afternoon ended with Jack Lampkin birdieing the last to halve his match and give a final score of 10.5 to 7.5
A good start to what will as always be a tough league to win.