Marsh and England let it slip

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There was huge disappointment for Elland’s Nick Marsh and England as they were pipped for honours by hosts Spain in the Costa Ballena Quadragular Match.

England went into Friday’s third and final day of the event near Cadiz sitting pretty after beating Spain 5.5-3.5 and Germany 8-1.

However, alarm bells started ringing when they lost all of the three morning foursomes matches to Finland.

They hit back with success in four of the six singles matches but still lost the contest 5-4 overall.

That left England, Spain and Finland all on four points with whipping boys Germany on none. Spain retained the title having won 17 matches over the three days to England’s 16.5 with Finland on 14.5.

The 18-year-old Marsh, whose target is to play for Great Britain and Ireland in the Walker Cup in America in early September, had won both his singles matches over the first two days as well as partnering Mid Kent GC’s Darren Timms to a win and a halved matched.

However, the Huddersfield GC player and Timms lost 3-2 against Finland and Marsh then went down in the number three singles match 2 and 1 to Tuomas Salminen.