Day two round-up:
England will face Ireland on the final day to decide the outcome of this year’s Women’s Home Internationals at Downfield Golf Club in Dundee.
England beat hosts Scotland 6-3 to maintain their one hundred per cent record while the Irish continued their winning streak with a 6 ½ – 2 ½ victory over Wales. It leaves the scoreline tantalisingly poised with England 2 ½ points ahead, meaning they will still win the trophy for the first time since 2016 if the decider against the Irish is halved.
England took a 3-0 lead against the Scots before the singles series was shared following wins by Bel Wardle, Mimi Rhodes and Amelia Williamson. That countered the loses of Lianne Bailey, Lily May Humphreys and Emily Toy.
The deciding match in the Girls’ Home Internationals at the same venue will also be decided by England’s match against Ireland and once against the English have a slender points advantage over their rivals.
The English began this year’s competition with a 6-3 win over Wales and they did their overall points tally no harm at all when they followed that up with an impressive 8 ½ – ½ victory over hosts Scotland on the second day. They began by winning the foursomes 3-0 before Charlotte Heath, Caitlin Whitehead, Rosie Belsham, Jessica Baker and Isabelle Simpson all secured wins in the singles. Thalia Kirby halved the final match on the course against Rachel Foster.
Ireland also go into the final day with a one hundred percent record having beaten Scotland 6-3 and then Wales 6 ½ – 2 ½. As things stand, England have two more points than Ireland so need only to halve the match to lift the trophy for the eleventh time in the last 12 years.
In both the Women’s and Girls’ competitions Scotland and Wales will battle it out to avoid the wooden spoon.
Day one round-up:
England produced a powerful display to overrun Wales on the opening day of the Women’s Home Internationals at Downfield Golf Club in Dundee.
The English enjoyed a 4-0 lead after the morning foursomes and went on to secure an 8-1 victory with singles wins from Bel Wardle, Lily May Humphreys, Mimi Rhodes, Ellen Hume and Lianna Bailey.
Their next match is against Scotland who saw their hopes of successfully defending the title take a hit after losing 5-4 to Ireland.
England made a bright start to the defence of their title at the Girls’ Home Internationals at the same Scottish venue.
They beat Wales 6-3 on the opening day and will now face Scotland who lost by the same margin to Ireland.
The English team held a narrow 2-1 lead after the morning foursomes but then saw Caitlin Whitehead and Rosie Belsham lose the top two singles before bouncing back with victories from Jessica Baker, Thalia Kirby, Ellie Gower and Charlotte Heath.
England are scheduled to play Ireland on the third day and that may be prove to be the title decider after the Irish beat the host nation. They also took a 2-1 lead in the foursomes before winning the singles 4-2.