England canter into last four while boys also ease through

Ben Stow

England romped into the semi-finals of the European Men’s Team Championships in Finland with an emphatic 6-1 victory over Switzerland in their quarter final.

After the morning foursomes were shared, England won all five of the afternoon singles, only one game going to the final green.

The Wiltshire pair of Ben Stow (image © Leaderboard Photography) and Jordan Smith eased to a 3 and 2 victory over Edouard Amacher and Marco Iten in their foursomes but Ryan Evans and Toby Tree went down 2 and 1 against Joel Girrbach and Mathias Eggenberger.

However, England were dominant in the singles, Evans winning the top game 5 and 3 over Amacher while Tree also bounced back to beat Eggenberger 5 and 4.

The trend was maintained by European Amateur champion Ashley Chesters with a 3 and 2 win over Iten, while Smith overcame Girrbach 3 and 2. In the closest game, Stow got home by one hole against Phillippe Schweizer.

England will now face Ireland in the last four while Scotland meets Spain. In Oslo,

England were made to fight all the way before overcoming Spain 4-3 in their quarter final of the European Boys Team Championships.

As with the men, the foursomes were shared with Bradley Moore and Jack Singh Brar beating Victor Garcia Broto and Carlos Leandro 3 and 2 but Haydn McCullen and Ashton Turner went down 2 and 1 to Ivan Cantero and Xabier Gorospe.

With all to play for, Moore secured a 3 and 2 win over Cantero but Spain replied with Pablo Rodriguez-Tabernero beating Marco Penge 4 and 3 while Klaus Ganter overcame Jamie Dick 3 and 2.

However, with McCullen beating Gorospe 2 and 1 and Turner getting home 3 and 1 against Broto, England were assured of a semi-final spot.

They will now face the all-powerful Italians who won all seven games against Wales while Scotland meets Sweden.