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England beat Ireland and win Senior Home Internationals
30th September 2011

England beat hosts Ireland 4-3 in dramatic style today and successfully defended their Senior Home International crown with three wins from three matches at Tramore.

The two teams were locked in a tight title showdown and appeared to be heading for a halved result.  It meant England would retain the trophy, but they dearly wanted to win it outright - and Cheshire's Caroline Marron produced a grandstand finish to secure the victory.

She was one down when she played a nine-iron stone dead into the par five 18th and her birdie putt was conceded. By winning the hole she contributed the crucial half to the England scoreline.

"We are ecstatic, we are in the pink!" said team captain Hilary Smyth, in a reference to England's colours.

"It was such a tight match and what a finish! We knew we would retain the trophy when Janet Melville produced a miracle half - but we wanted to actually win the title, not just retain it.

"Caroline played an absolute storming finish. She'd been two down with three to play and came up 18 one down. She played the most fantastic shot stone dead for a half and to win the trophy."

The victory gives England an impressive hat trick of 2011 Home Intemational titles, after the successes of the girls' and ladies' teams earlier in the season.

The senior celebrations came at the end of a long day's play in torrential rain. This morning, the players from all four teams returned to the course to complete the second session of matches. Play had been suspended yesterday because of thick mist, leaving the singles uncompleted.

England, who were playing Scotland, had the upper hand when play was called off, having won the three foursomes and taken the lead in three singles. They maintained their form when they returned to the course and went on to win the singles 4-1, giving them an overall scoreline for the match of 7-1.

In the other match, Ireland defeated Wales 5-3. This meant both England and Ireland had two wins from two matches and their head-to- head in the final session became the decider. Because of the yesterday's delays, the match was played over seven singles, involving all team members, rather than the usual format of three foursomes and five singles. 

In this afternoon's other match, Scotland beat Wales 4½-2½

England v Scotland
Sue Dye (Delamere Forest) and Caroline Marron (Bromborough) beat Mary Smith &
Elaine Allison 5&3
Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest) & Felicity Christine (Woking) beat Heather Anderson & May Hughes 4&3
Bev New (Lansdown) & Chris Quinn (Hockley) beat Lorna Bennett & Karen Ballantyne 1 up.  

Christine beat Anderson 5/4
Marron beat Smith 1up
Roz Adams (Addington Court Ladies) lost to Allison 2/1
New beat Ballantyne 3/2
Melville beat Bennett 1 up
England v Ireland
Sue Dye (Delamere Forest) lost to Sheena McElroy 4/3
Felicity Christine (Woking) beat Suzanne Corcoran 3/1
Chris Quinn (Hockley) lost to Carol Wickham 5/3
Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest) halved with Pat Doran
Roz Adams (Addington Court Ladies') beat Mairead MacNamara 4/3
Caroline Marron (Bromborough) halved with Helen Jones
Bev New (Lansdown) beat Pauline Walsh 6/5

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