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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Wales beat Ireland and Scots
lose again - to England

Scotland are the only team without a mathematical chance of winning the women's home internationals title at Wrexham on the final day.
Wales and Ireland, the only two teams with 100 per cent records after Day 1, produced a great result for the host country. Wales beat the Irish 5 1/2-3 1/2. A halved match against England on Friday would give the Welsh the title for only the second time in the long history of the tournament - the first was in 1999 at Royal Dornoch.
Scotland lost again, this time by 5-4 to England, but they did play well in the singles after disappointing again in the foursomes.
On Wednesday, the Scots lost the foursomes 3-0 to Wales and couldn't make up the leeway in the singles. Today, skipper Lesley Nicholson's squad trailed 2-1 to England after the morning foursomes and shared the singles 3-3 for a narrow 5-4 defeat.
Scotland, particularly champion Michele Thomson, played well in the singles but it was too little too late and England's one-point lunchtime lead proved decisive.
Thomson beat England's Hannah Barwood in the battle of the national champions with the kind of sub-par golf that earned the Ellon player a Curtis Cup place earlier in the season.
Thomson had four birdies, despite the windy conditions, after opening the tie with a winning 4 at the long first and taking the second with a par. Barwood was not prepared to play second fiddle and she hit back by winning the third and fourth to level the contest.
Thomson birdied the seventh to regain a one-hole lead and doubled her lead at the 10th. She went three up at the 11th and birdied the 15th to finish the match an impressive winner by 5 and 3.
Naomi Edwards restored England's overall lead with a 2 and 1 win over Kylie Walker after winning four of the first five holes. The Scot, who lost a ball off the tee at the second, fought back to be only one down by winning the sixth, seventh and 10th.
Five successive halved holes followed before Edwards went two up again by winning the 16th. A half at the 17th gave her victory.
After a see-saw match, Florentyna Parker and Kelsey MacDonald finished all square.
The Scot fought back from three down after five holes to win the 16th and 17th for a one-hole lead. But Parker was able to win the 18th with a par 4 to level the match.
Emily Ogilvy, drafted into the Scotland line-up for her first appearance, had a square match with England's Rachel Connor who was also called into action for the first time.
Ogilvy started well and a birdie 2 at the fourth put her two up and she won the 10th and 11th to regain a two-hole lead after Connor had squared the match by the turn.
Ogilvy conceded the 14th and lost the 16th to a bogey 5 to be pulled back to level terms again. The last two holes were halved.
Elizabeth Bennett and Louise Kenney also finished all square with the Scot winning the last two holes to share the honours. The England player had been two up at the turn and three up after 12 but Kenney birdied the 14th and won the 17th and 18th to make up the leeway.
Kerry Smith v Pamela Pretswell became the fourth tie in succession to finish all square.There was never more than a hole in it with Scotland one up at the turn after Pretswell birdied the ninth. Smith squared at the 11th and then birdied the 12th to go one up. The Scot birdied the 14th to get back to all square and the last four holes were halved.

Day 2 details:

Foursomes: Elizabeth Bennett & Kerry Smith bt Michele Thomson & Louise Kenney 3 and 1; Naomi Edwards & Florentyna Parker bt Pamela Pretswell & Laura Murray 3 and 2; Hannah Barwood & Rachel Jennings lost to Kylie Walker & Kelsey MacDonald 3 and 2 (2-1).
Singles: Barwood lost to Thomson 5 and 3, Edwards bt Walker 2 and 1, Parker halved with MacDonald, Rachel Connor halved with Emily Ogilvy, Bennett halved with Kenney, Smith halved with Pretswell (3-3).

IRELAND 3 1/2, WALES 5 1/2
Foursomes: Niamh Kitching & Danielle McVeigh bt Sahra Hassan & Rhian Wyn Thomas 2 holes; Gemma Hegarty & Aedin Murphy halved with Breanne Loucks & Amy Boulden; Karen Delaney & Tara Delaney lost to aTara Davies & Stephanie Evans 3 and 2 (1 1/2-1 1/2).
Singles: Delaney lost to Loucks 2 holes, McVEigh halved with Hassan, Kitching bt Hannah Jenkins 4 and 3, Murphy lost to Evans 2 holes, Gillian O'Leary halved with Boulden, Hegarty lost to Davies 2 and 1 (2-4).

Wales 2pt, England 1pt, Ireland 1pt, Scotland 0pt.

Final day matches
Wales v England, Scotland v Ireland.