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Its a Wiltshire double - Successful County Championship defence

“We were quietly confident when we arrived this week but at 12.30 today was the only time I didn’t think we would win. But somehow we turned the match around thanks to Garry Slade winning on the final green and Robbie Busher coming back from five-down to gain a half.

“That half proved crucial and these two lads were the rookies in the team. Garry won all his singles while Robbie was unbeaten in his. All this proves that Wiltshire is producing some incredible talent.”

Lancashire’s Bill Bromilow, in his last match as county captain, was magnanimous in defeat. “The better team won,” he said. “They
out-putted us. We gave them a scare this morning but they turned it around in the last few holes which left us needing  two-and-a-half points from the foursomes which is difficult to achieve.

“We came here hopeful but that last hour this morning turned it. There were four quality teams here but Wiltshire deserved their victory.”

Suffolk also took a one point lead into the foursomes after Josh Cottrell, who had been four-down at one stage, gained a crucial half on the final green against Rudy Hercik.

That gave them a fillip for the afternoon from which they emerged with two wins and a half.

Cottrell and Patrick Spraggs were ahead early on against Chris Heeley and Richard Sadler but found themselves two-down after 11 holes. But birdies at the 12th and 15th saw them all-square and they also won the 16th and 17th for a 2&1 win.

Chris Soanes and Ben Wallis ensured Suffolk’s victory when they led almost throughout against Josh Carpenter and Henry James before running up a 3 and 2 scoreline.

It looked as if Worcestershire would win the other contest when Hercik and Steven Lane came to the 18th one-up. But they
four-putted to open the door and Suffolk’s Jack Cardy and Nathan Overton seized their chance to gain a half.

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