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Masterful Ireland storm to another Senior crown

Ireland won the Senior Men's Home International Championship for an unprecedented fourth successive year at Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire yesterday, completing the Triple Crown with a 7-2 trouncing of England.

Ireland made the perfect start to this final day of the round-robin series when they dominated the foursomes and were 2.5-0.5 up at lunch.

Maurice Kelly and Adrian Morrow got the Irish off to a flyer, beating Charles Banks and Alan Squires 4&3, and they were followed into the winners' enclosure by former Walker Cup captain Garth McGimpsey and Arthur Pierse.

When Seamus McParland and Hugh Smyth halved their match, the job looked all but wrapped up. But there were a few moments of anxiety in the afternoon before Morrow and McGimpsey secured the points to make the title safe, with Kelly and Hugh Smyth adding some gloss.

In the other match, Scotland beat Wales 7.5-1.5 to finish third, with the Welsh suffering the wooden spoon.

Irish Independent