WILMSLOW Golf Club did a terrific job in getting their outstanding course fit for play following torrential overnight rain.
Many clubs had to close their courses or cancel competitions in the area but the excellent drainage and hard work by the green staff had their course fit for play after just an hour’s delay.
Cheshire got off to a flier in the morning foursomes losing just one match to post an impressive 5-1 lead going into afternoon singles.
There were wins from Tom Dolan (Heswall) and Jon Beesley (Mere), Chris Chilton (High Legh Park) and Lewis George (Delamere Forest), Dom Barnes (Caldy) and Mike Harrington (Prestbury), Jacob Oakley (Bramhall) on his county debut and Rhys Nevin-Wharton (Sandiway) and the old firm of David Peel (Stockport) and team Captain Chris Harrison (Sandiway) with the only defeat being suffered by Sam Turner (Stockport) and Cameron Massey (Northenden).
Durham gave themselves hopes of an upset as they won the first three matches against Tom Dolan, Chris Chilton and Jon Beesley but the tide turned firmly towards Cheshire with victories from Lewis George, Rhys Nevin-Wharton, Sam Turner, Dom Barnes and David Peel.
Chris Harrison and Jacob Oakley were both beaten on the final hole but a resounding Cheshire win by 12-6 was confirmed with wins from Cameron Massey and Mike Harrington to keep Cheshire firmly in the hunt for the Northern Counties League title with a vital home match against Lancashire at Bramall Park next month.
It was also a memorable day for Cheshire match play champion Chris Chilton who was presented with his county colours by President Sean Ritchie and team Captain Chris Harrison.
To reach this level the player must have played at least ten times for Cheshire and to total at least 16 points in matches with a minimum of six points in singles matches.
|Cameron Massey||Sam Turner||Rhys Nevin-Wharton||Jacob Oakley|
Action on the course and Chris Chilton being presented with his county colours: Geoff Garnett