Friday, October 01, 2010

England Under-16 team named for Sunday

match v Scots at Dinsdale Spa, Yorkshire

England will field the bulk of the team that beat Wales recently plus two new faces for their annual one-day Under 16 international with Scotland at Dinsdale Spa Golf Club in Yorkshire on Sunday.
The newcomers are Liam Cox (Burhill, Surrey) and Harry Ellis (Meon Valley, Hampshire).

The rest of the ten-strong team is Jordan Ainley (Brokenhurst Manor, Hampshire), Robert Burlison (Oxley Park, Staffordshire), Jamie Clare (East Sussex National, Sussex), Matthew Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, Yorkshire), Patrick Kelly (Boston West, Lincolnshire), Max Orrin (North Foreland, Kent), Toby Tree (Worthing, Sussex), Nick Ward (Redbourn, Hertfordshire).

Cox is the Surrey Under 16 Captain, the South of England Schools Champion and the Middlesex Schools Scratch Champion. He also finished third in the Schools National Championship and the North of England Under 16 Championship and represented England in the recent schools international against Scotland at Fairhaven.

Ellis is the Hampshire Junior Champion who finished eighth in the Junior County Champions Tournament at Woodhall Spa recently. He also won his county’s Under 16 and Under 18 titles. He finished third in the Ian Poulter Invitational at Woburn and sixth in the Douglas Johns Trophy.

Ainley and Clare made their debuts in the Under 16 international with Wales at St Pierre earlier this month which England won 10½ – 1½. Ainley won both his matches against the Welsh and was a member of the Hampshire team in last weekend’s English County Finals at Hunstanton, winning two of his three singles games.

Clare is a former Sussex Under 15 Champion who finished tied fourth in the English Under 16 Championship for the McGregor Trophy this year as well as joint second in the North of England Under 16 Championship.

Burlison won the English Schools Under 16 Championship in 2009 when he also finished runner-up in the Douglas Johns Trophy, while Fitzpatrick was capped against Spain prior to the Welsh match. He also won the North of England Under 16 title and the Brabazon Trophy Northern Qualifier.

Kelly finished equal fourth in the McGregor Trophy and tied fifth in the Carris Trophy and the Midland Boys, while Orrin was runner-up in the McGregor Trophy having been capped against Spain and Ireland last year when he was the South of England Boys Champion.

Tree was the English Under 14 Champion (Reid Trophy) in 2008 and became Under 16 Champion this year when he won the McGregor Trophy. He was capped at Under 16 level against Wales, Scotland and Ireland last year and Spain this year and became a boy cap in August in the Boys Home Internationals.

Ward, the Hertfordshire County Champion, was a member of the Herts team that won the Boys County Championship and finished fifth in the R&A Junior Open prior to the Open Championship.

The match against Scotland will consist of five foursomes in the morning and ten singles in the afternoon.

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