Monday, May 09, 2011


England staged a remarkable second day recovery to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat when they turned the match on its head to beat Spain 13½ – 10½ in the biannual international at The Berkshire.
What a difference a day makes. After Saturday’s play, England were not only staring defeat in the eye but were facing their first ever loss against Spain on home soil.
Three points behind and shell-shocked at their poor play, England captain Colin Edwards demanded a quick revival of form starting with a decisive victory in the morning foursomes.
He got that as his side reversed the previous day’s scoreline by winning the foursomes 3½ – ½ to make up the deficit and leave the overall score 8-8. And they carried on the good work by securing five of the eight singles.
“What an amazing day,” said England captain Colin Edwards. “It proves what a funny game golf can be. We were down and out after 11 holes on Saturday but to stage this comeback is a credit to the players who all stepped up to the mark.”
Although Spain were on the back foot going into the singles, they claimed the first point when Antonio Hortal beat Stiggy Hodgson 4 and 3, the contest containing 12 birdies, the Spaniard claiming seven. But that was soon reversed when Steven Brown and Jack Senior came out on top against Alberto Fernandez and Carlos Pigem respectively.
Brown, England’s most successful player, dropping just half a point from his four games, ran up an eagle and six birdies in his 5 and 3 win over Fernandez and was five under par when the game finished.
Senior, who enjoyed a massive 8 and 6 win with Brown in the foursomes, looked like producing another when he was cruising 4-up through ten holes against Pigem. But he lost three of the next four holes, missing comfortable putts on the 11th, 12th and 14th, running up bogey fives on each occasion. But from 1-up after 15, the Lancastrian completed a 3 and 1 win when Pigem lost a ball on 16 and conceded 17 when he ran into further trouble.
It was Darren Wright who ensured England couldn’t lose when he beat Adrian Otaegui 2 and 1.
Spain claimed their tenth point when Oliver Mena beat James Burnett 3 and 2, the Lincolnshire lad being a victim of the Spaniard’s short game.
But England wrapped a fine day’s work with a further win by Neil Raymond over Gerard Piris while Alex Christie halved with Marcos Pastor.
England’s win means they are now 13-1 ahead in the series.



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