Friday, March 06, 2009

Scotland facing defeat by Sweden with

five Sardina singles to be completed

You've heard about the Rain in Spain ... well it seems to have shifted to Italy, or the Italian island of Sardinia to be more precise.
That's where this year's boys' international quadrangular between Scotland, Italy, France and Sweden is being played. Well "being played" is perhaps over-stating things.
The first day's play on Thursday was disrupted by rain which reduced the number of foursomes per match to one and the number of singles from six to four.
The rain was even worse today and the majority of the Day 2 singles will not be completed until Saturday morning.
Today, the Scots, who lost 3-2 to hosts Italy on Thursday, were facing the on-form Swedish side who beat France 4-1. Sweden took a 2-1 lead over the Scots in the morning foursomes.
Scott Gibson and Paul McPhee were Scotland's only pre-lunch winners. They beat Axel Arinbjornarson and Adam Strom 4 and 3.
Team captain David Law and Paul Shields lost their tie by 2 and 1 to Niclas Carlsson and Oscar Arvidsson 2 and 1.
Joakim Lagergren and Robin Kukocinski claimed the second vital point for Sweden. They beat Jack Scott and Andrew McLachlan 4&3.
After another 2hr delay because of bad weather, there was only time left for one singles tie to be completed, possibly because it finished early. Scott Gibson was beaten 6 and 5 by Robin Kukocinski.
Sweden, leading by two points overnight, look set to score their second overall win of the tournament. Their boys are leading in three of the five singles with only a few holes still to be played. They will have an early breakfast and be out on the course at 7am on Saturday..
Here is the status of the Scotland v Sweden singles still to finish:

David Law is two down with two to play against Niclas Carlsson.
Andrew McLachlan is three up with three to play against Axel Arinbjornarson.
Paul McPhee is three down with four to play against Joakim Lagergren.
Jack Scott is four up with four to play against Adam Strom.
Paul Shields is two down with three to play against Oscar Arvidsson.



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