England qualified top after the stroke play rounds of the European Men’s Seniors Team Championship at Estoril in Portugal then reached the last four.
New cap John Ambridge led the way in the stroke play with rounds of 68 and 66 for a four-under-par tally of 134 and was supported by fellow newcomer Martin Galway on 141.
Andrew Stracey finished on 146, one ahead of English Seniors champion Alan Squires, while Chris Reynolds and Tyrone Carter, another new cap, posted aggregates of 150. (image Tyrone Carter © Tom Ward)
Overall it left England on 720, four ahead of Scotland with Ireland third on 728, while reigning champions Sweden qualified in seventh on 744.
That left England to play eighth qualifiers Belgium in the first round of match play and they duly moved into the semi-finals with a 3-2 victory.
Galway and Reynolds won the foursome 3 and 1 before Squires won the top single at the 19th hole against Michel Jacob.
Although Ambridge and Stracey were beaten, both by 3 and 2, Carter produced the other win, 4 and 3 over Jean Toussaint, to see England over the line.
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