Marsh helps England to glory

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Elland’s Nick Marsh has helped England win the 2013 Men’s Home International series at Ganton.

Plus four handicapper Marsh halved both his matches on the final day as England beat Scotland 9-6 to win the Raymond Trophy.

England finished with 28 points, Ireland 23.5, Scotland 22 and Wales 16.5 in the three-day event in the Vale of Pickering, east of York.

The format of the championship was match play with each nation playing each other on a round robin basis.

England edged out Ireland 8-7 on the first day and then beat Wales 11-4 to set up a title decider with the Scots.

Former Lightcliffe and Elland member Marsh, who now plays out of Fixby, forged a useful foursomes partnership with Harry Casey. They had two wins and a half from their three contests.

In the singles, the 18-year-old Marsh lost to Ireland’s Gavin Moynihan 3 and 1, beat Wales’s David Boote by the same score and then halved with Scotland’s Bradley Neil after losing the final hole with the trophy already in the bag.