Lancashire strike the first blow in title chase

Gary Byrne and Ian Crowther

Lancashire struck the first blow in their title battle with BB&O at the English Senior Men’s County Finals at Chipping Sodbury Golf Club in Gloucestershire.

The northerners take a 2-1 advantage into this afternoon’s singles after beating BB&O (Berks, Bucks and Oxon) in this morning’s foursomes.

England international Ian Crowther and Gary Byrne (Image © Leaderboard Photography) continued their unbeaten run this season with their 5/4 win over Scottish international Malcolm Reid and George Best Wilson.

Andrew Westwell and Alan Gillespie claimed the second point with the same scoreline, beating another international, David Niven, and his partner, Tim Whittaker.

But in the other game BB&O captain Ashley Brewer paired up with David Cromie to win 3/2 and keep the team in touch.

In the play-off for third place, Devon lead Worcestershire 2-1 after the foursomes. Only one match was decided outright, with Devon’s Richard Ward and Paul Vicary eventually winning a see-sawing game 2/1. The other two games were both halved.

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