Yorkshire continued their charge at the English Boys’ County Championship when they won all three foursomes for the second day in a row at Northamptonshire County.
In the other match, Somerset take a 2-1 lead over BB&O – Berks, Bucks and Oxon – before the singles.
Yorkshire’s opponents, Staffordshire, made the northerners fight for their win, with highlights such as the eagle two, scored in the top game by Jack Smith and James Wilkes on the par four eighth.
The game was all square until the 12th when Yorkshire’s Callum Macfie and George Heath pulled away with a birdie on 13 and went on to win 3/1.
Yorkshire’s second pair, James Swash and Ben Schmidt (pictured top), appeared to be well in control at 3up after 14 – but Staffordshire took them to the last. Harry Fearn and Tom Beasley had a birdie on 15, a well holed 10-footer on 16 for a half to keep the game alive, and another birdie on 17. But Yorkshire came through 1up when the 18th was halved in par.
In the third game, Staffordshire took charge early on and were 2up after eight, but Yorkshire’s Michael Hay and Charlie Daughtrey won five holes in a row, helped by birdies on 12 and 13, to get to three up. Ollie Read and James Bailey came straight back with their own birdie on 14, but Yorkshire won 15 and the match ended 3/2 when 16 was halved.
In the second match of the session, BB&O and Somerset were involved in a close tussle. Conor Gough and Harrison Arnold claimed the first point for BB&O with a strong finish. They were all square after 13 but solid pars won them the next three holes and gave then a 3/2 result.
But behind them, the games went Somerset’s way with a pair of grandstand finishes. Huxley Howell and Louis Archer had been three down on the front nine but worked their way to a 1up lead on the back nine, only to drop behind once more, losing the 16th to go 1down. However they won 17 and 18 with pars to grab their 1up win.
Adam Jolly and Ollie Brimfield gave Somerset the lead when they held their nerve to win on the 18th. They had been 4up after 12 before losing four holes in a row to drop back to all square after 16. A winning par on 17 put them ahead again and the 1up result was theirs when the 18th was halved in birdie.
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