England completed a memorable double when added the Senior Men’s Home Internationals to their victory in the European Senior Team Championships.
They tied 4.5-4.5 on the last day with defending champions Scotland when Rupert Kellock beat Robert Smith by one hole in the final singles, pipping Ireland, who beat Wales 5.5-2.5 at Alnmouth in Northumberland.
Ireland were left to rue their opening day defeat to the eventual champions, who won with two and a half match points to Ireland’s two. Scotland finished third with one-and-a-half with a pointless Wales fourth.
The Scots led 2.5–0.5 after the foursomes but they knew they also needed a big win in the singles and came up short.
Ireland shared the foursome with Wales before winning three and halving two of the six singles.
Senior Home Internationals, Alnmouth GC
Ireland 5.5, Wales 3.5
S Graham & K Bornemann bt N Grimmitt & R Jones 4&3;
J Mitchell & B O'Leary halved with C Jones & N Evans;
J O'Brien & P Lyons lost to A Williams & M Hayward 2&1.
L Halpin lost to P Sutton 2&1;
Bornemann bt R Jones 3&2;
O'Brien bt Grimmitt 1H;
Graham halved with C Jones;
Mitchell halved with Evans;
Lyons bt Hayward 4&3.
England 4.5, Scotland 4.5
I Attoe & A Mew lost to R Clark & D Paton 4&3;
R Kellock & T Whittaker lost to I Brotherston & R Johnston 3&2;
P Wharton & R Norton halved with P Moultrie & R Smith.
Attoe lost to Clark 3&2;
Jones bt Moultrie 6&5;
Wharton bt Brotherston 2&1;
Mew lost to Paton 3&2;
Norton bt Johnston 6&5;
Kellock bt Smith 1H.
England 2.5 pts;
Ireland 2 pts;
Scotland 1.5 pts;
Wales 0 pts.