Fighting finish takes England into European semi

Yorkshire’s Stephen East took England into the semi-finals of the European senior men’s team championship with a real fighting finish to beat Sweden 3-2.

East was one down playing the 18th at the Diamond Club in Austria, but he managed to birdie the hole to get all square and take the game into extra time. He finally prevailed with another birdie on the 21st to send the team through to the next round.

The match was intensely close throughout. Only Richard Latham had a comfortable 4/2 winning score. In the other games Ian Attoe and Richard Partridge won the foursomes by one hole, Trevor Foster was beaten on the 20th and Rupert Kellock lost one down.

Tomorrow, England play Germany who beat France today by 3.5-1.5.

In the European senior women’s team championship in Belgium, England suffered contrasting fortunes. They too played Sweden, but they lost 3-2. The team had two big wins, with Aileen Greenfield and Helen Lowe taking the foursomes point 5/4 and Julie Brown winning her singles 8/6. But Cath Rawthore and Sue Spencer both lost 3/2 and the team’s hopes were dashed when Jackie Foster lost a marathon on the 20th.

The team is out of the medal race and will now play for place. Tomorrow they meet the Netherlands.