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Thalia Kirby
21 September 2017

Buckinghamshire stall Yorkshire in foursomes

Buckinghamshire stalled Yorkshire when they held them to a 1.5-1.5 draw in the fourth day foursomes at the English Women’s County Finals at Felixstowe Ferry. 

Buckinghamshire’s Thalia Kirby (pictured top) was loudly cheered by her team when she holed the 12-footer which set up the half in the last of the three games, meaning that honours were even at the end of the morning session. 
 
Kirby and partner Victoria Bryan had won the 17th to get back to all square before pulling off the testing up and down on the 18th. 
 
Earlier, Alice Kozlowski and Georgina Bowers landed the first blow for Buckinghamshire when won 3/2 after a game which was spattered with birdies. 
 
They were three up after exchanging three birdies in the first six holes, before sharing the next three holes with a birdie, par, birdie sequence. The Bucks pair lost the next two holes with dropped shots but another birdie on the 12 restored their lead to 2up and they extended that as they parred in. 
 
Yorkshire struck back with a comfortable 4/3 win from Megan Lockett and Mia Eales-Smith, who were in charge throughout their game.  
 
Defending champions Gloucestershire won all three of their foursomes, with Ebonie Lewis and Caley McGinty finishing 3/2 and Claudia Ovens (pictured right) and Grace Connelly winning 2/1. 
 
Alex Saunders and Alex Giles came through a ding-dong match to win on the last, helped by a crucial pair of birdies on the 12th, where they holed a 20-footer and the 13th, where they chipped in.
 
The hosts, Suffolk, were also on top form with a clean sweep of three wins from Sharon Luckman and senior international Fiona Edmond (2/1); Vanessa Bell and Alice Barlow (1up) and Victoria Inglis and Lottie Whyman (3/2). 
 
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