Scotland crowned champions after beating England

Stephen East

England’s senior men rounded off a disappointing Senior Home Internationals at North Berwick by losing 5½ – 3½ to champions Scotland and surrendering their title in the process.

In the final standings, Scotland won all three of their matches to take the championship with Ireland second and England third with only one win, gained on the opening day against wooden spoonists Wales.

Having been disrupted by a sea haar during the tournament and with further fog forecast for later in the afternoon, the teams agreed to halve the morning foursome matches to allow the ties to be completed in the day.

So everything hinged on the afternoon singles with English senior champion Stephen East (image copyright Leaderboard Photography) beating David Gardner 2 and 1.

But the Scots took the next three games with Ian Brotherston beating Richard Latham 2 and 1, Graham Bell handing Clive Jones his only defeat of the week by winning 3 and 2, while Tyrone Carter also suffered his first loss, going down 2 and 1 to John Fraser.

That meant the Scots had the title sewn up while the other two games were halved, Malcolm Reid against Alan Mew and Barry Brooks against Andrew Stracey.

The most successful England players were Carter and Jones with four-and-a half-points each from six games, while East gained three-and-a-half.

It was also a disappointing conclusion to Richard Palmer’s long reign as manager of the England senior side.