England moved one step closer to retaining the Men’s Home Internationals title when they beat hosts Ireland 10-5 on the second day of this year’s competition at Lahinch.
The English defeated Wales 12-3 on the opening day and after the win against Ireland they now face Scotland in the match which will decide whether they reclaim the title they won last year at Conwy in Wales. That victory 12 months ago ended a run of four consecutive Irish successes stretching back to 2014.
Ireland had begun this year’s event with a defeat against Scotland and they immediately found themselves on the back foot again against the English when they lost the foursomes 4-1.
Tom Sloman and Tom Plumb starting the ball rolling for England when they beat Conor Purcell and Keith Egan by 4 & 3 in the top match. Ireland’s Caolan Rafferty and Tiarnon McLarnon reversed that result with a 2 & 1 victory over Ben Jones and Jake Burnage but Harry Hall and Ben Schmidt (pictured), Matty Lamb and Ben Hutchinson and Bailey Gill and Joshua McMahon all won their matches to give the English a three point lead at lunch.
The singles started brightly for the Irish when Purcell beat Tom Sloman 3 & 2 and Rafferty recorded a 2 & 1 victory over Plumb. Mullarney also halved against Hall but Callum Farr, Burnage, Jones, Lamb and Schmidt all recorded wins for England while Gill halved his match against Colm Campbell. The other point for Ireland came from Sean Flanagan who beat Ben Hutchinson 5 & 4.
In the other match on the second day, Scotland also preserved their one hundred percent record with a 9 ½ – 5 ½ victory over Wales. England will play Scotland on the final day for the rights to claim the title.
Catch up with all the action from day one of the Home Internationals here.
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