Last Updated on August 11, 2019 by Daniel
England has won both the Women’s and Girls’ Home Internationals after the rain-affected final day of the round-robin competitions that were played at Downfield in Scotland.
England and Ireland came into a conclusive day having beaten both Scotland and Wales over the initial two days of rivalry, prompting a title shoot-out between the different sides in the two occasions.
With the climate causing devastation, it was a long and baffling last day, however it was England that finished it in celebratory state of mind edging the Irish out 3½ – 2½ in the ladies’ occasion, while the lesser side made it three title wins in succession on a tally back after a 3-3 attract the young ladies’ occasion.
With the unpleasant conjecture taking steps to crash the entire day’s play, a choice was made to send the evening singles matches out first and afterward ideally pursue on with the foursomes. Six hours of play were inevitably washed out and the result of the last round of matches was settled on the outcomes in the singles.
In the ladies’ occasion, England took control by winning the main three matches through Isobel Wardle, Lily May Humphreys, and Emily Toy. The doughty Irish hit back with wins from Jessica Ross and Lauren Walsh and it was good to go for the last match decider between Ellen Hume and Paula Grant.
Britain’s Hume was one up with two openings to play, however, Grant kept the match buzzing with an extraordinary birdie at the seventeenth and the pair went down the eighteenth. A divide in standards was sufficient for an English triumph.
The young ladies’ challenge was a genuine spine chiller, with four of the six matches setting off to the 18thhole and England taking the title on account of a predominant focuses aggregate in individual matches (17½-15½).
In the third and fourth play-offs, Scotland, the shielding champions, beat Wales 4½-1½ to complete the third. Ridges picked up retribution in the young ladies’ occasion with a 5-1 scoreline.