Let’s see more team spirit, urges Lancs captain

LANCASHIRE captain Paul Williams has urged his players to show more team spirit after drawing their opening Daily Telegraph Northern Counties League match against Yorkshire at Hillside.

PAUL WILLIAMS

PAUL WILLIAMS

“We won the foursomes 5-1 and should have capitalised on our lead in the singles,” he said.

“But I was disappointed that some of the lads who finished their rounds did not return to the course to support their team-mates. A little bit of encouragement would have made all the difference.

“Yorkshire used their team presence to secure a positive result away from home.”

Lancashire, seeking their fourth successive league title, had only a half point to show for their efforts in the top six singles ties before Henry Tomlinson put a brake on the slide with a thumping 7&5 victory over Martin Brown.

Joe Brice eclipsed Ben Brewster 3&1 and Jack Shelley, in only his second county appearance, ensured the match was drawn after two putting from long range on the home green to deny Jack Lampkin.

Cheshire also drew a tight match with Cumbria at Carlisle which was settled in the last game on the final hole.

Cumbria player  Andrew Millray only needed a half against Sam Prince to secure victory but he  fluffed his approach leaving his ball some 30 yards away on the severely sloping green.

It looked certain he would take the obligatory three putts. But his first effort only just missed and finished by the hole before Prince calmly rolled in a 12 footer to win the game and halve the match.

Northumberland head the league table after defeating neighbours Durham 10.5-7.5 at Blyth.

FOURSOMES: Jonathan Hurst (Pleasington) & Richie Blundell (Hillside) lost to Daniel Brown (Bedale) & Joe Dean (Lindrick) 1h; Sean Blinkhorn (S&A) & Ciaran Doherty (Bury) bt Jamie Bower (Metham)  & Will Whiteoak (Shipley) 2h; John Carroll (Huyton & Prescot)  & Joe Brice (Manchester) bt Matthew Evans (Rotherham) & Kealan Lowe (Wheatley) 4&2;  Ian Kenwright (Haydock Park) & Paul McFerran (Warrington) bt Martin Brown (Pike Hills)  & Ben Hutchinson(Howley Hall) 4&3;  Henry Tomlinson (Royal Lytham) & Jack Shelley (Formby) bt Ben Brewster (Bawtry) & Craig Smith (Pike Hills) 2&1;  Michael Hunt (Pleasington) & Curtis Clarkin (Nelson) bt Jamie Harrison (Rotherham) & Jack Lampkin (Ilkley) 3&2

SINGLES: Carroll lost to  Brown 2&1;  Hurst halved with Bower; Blundell lost to Whiteoak 2&1;  Kenwright lost to Dean 3&1;  Blinkhorn lost to Evans 1h;  Doherty lost to Hutchinson 1h;  Tomlinson  bt Brown 7&5; Clarkin lost to Lowe 5&4;  Brice bt Brewster 3&1;  McFerran lost to  Smith 5&3;  Hunt halved with Harrison; Shelley bt Lampkin 1h.

NORTHERN COUNTIES LEAGUE

                                       P          W         D          L          F          A          Pts

Northumberland           1          1          0          0          10.5      7.5       2

Cheshire                      1          0          1          0          9          9          1

Cumbria                       1          0          1          0          9          9          1

Lancashire                   1         0          1          0          9          9          1

Yorkshire                     1          0          1          0          9          9          1

Durham                        1          0          0          1          7.5        10.5      0

 

 

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