England’s title hopes dashed by Spain

Costa Ballena

England’s hopes of retaining the title in the Costa Ballena International Quadrangular Tournament were dashed today by Spain.

The hosts struck early in the title decider, winning all three morning foursomes, to get one hand on the trophy.

England fought hard in the singles, winning the first three games. But when the remainder of the afternoon matches went Spain’s way they were beaten overall 6-3. The Spanish victory gave the hosts their eighth win in 14 editions of the tournament.

England A squad coach Paul Ashwell commented: “The morning matches ultimately cost us the match.”

Earlier in the three-day series, England had halved with Finland and beaten Germany 5-4. Spain had had similar fortunes, halving with Germany and beating Finland 5-4 to set up today’s ‘winner-takes-all’ clash. Germany and Finland halved the other match on the final day, meaning England finished the tournament as runners-up.

England’s top scorer was Lancashire’s Sean Towndrow (Southport & Ainsdale) who took 4.5 points from his six games.

The other members of the England team, all members of the A Squad, were Jamie Bower (Meltham, Yorkshire), Robert Burlison (Oxley Park, Staffordshire), Scott Gregory (Corhampton, Hampshire), Bobby Keeble (Crowlands Heath, Essex) and Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park, Lincolnshire.

England’s victory in last year’s tournament was the team’s first since 2006.