England’s hopes of retaining the Raymond Trophy were dashed when they went down 8-7 to Scotland on day two of the Home Internationals at Southerndown in Wales.
Having tied with the Welsh on day one, England needed to beat the Scots but they were on the back foot after losing the morning foursomes 3-2.
Three of the five foursomes were won by large margins, two going to the Scots with Daniel Young and Jamie Savage beating the Cumbrian pair of Adam Chapman and Seb Crookall-Nixon 5 and 3, while Luke Johnson and Paul Kinnear crashed 7 and 6 to Adam Dunton and Craig Ross.
England’s big win was gained by Tomasz Anderson and European Amateur champion Ashley Chesters who beat James Ross and Chris Robb 6 and 5.
The other two games saw Scotland’s Graeme Robertson and Jack McDonald beat Ryan Evans and Ben Stow 2 and 1 but Daniel Wasteney and Nick Marsh kept England in the hunt with a one hole win over Matthew Clark and Scott Gibson.
The singles proved much closer affairs with both countries claiming five wins, which left England on the wrong end of the final scoreline.
England’s wins were gained by Chesters, 4 and 3 over Robb, by Wasteney, 2 and 1 over Ross, Marsh by one hole against Gibson, Kinnear, who won 2 and 1 against Greig Marchbank, and by Johnson, who beat Clark by two holes.
More details and scores can be found on the Golf Union of Wales website.
Image of Ashley Chesters copyright Leaderboard Photography.