Strong performances as Cheshire win curtain-raisers.
At Ringway, the Ladies were unable to recover from losing all four of the opening foursomes. But they began a fightback in the afternoon singles with an early halved match for Rachel Goodall of Heswall and a 4&3 win for Bronte Law of Bramhall before the men went in front again.
Barry Barker (Reddish Vale) won 5&4, Caldy's Dominic Barnes won on the 18th and Jonathan Little of Heswall won 3&2. Gemma Clews of Delamere Forests won 3&2 to help restrict Cheshire's singles win to 4.5-3.5 - a strong fightback but after the morning session the attempted recovery in the afternoon was too much. The men won 8.5-3.5.
Cheshire halved the foursomes against North Wales Counties at Chirk but were too powerful for the Counties in the singles.
Jonathan Little from Heswall won 3&2 and Ray Hughes of Caldy won on the 18th green, Craig Lewis of Prenton won 3&2 and David Hird of Leasowe won 6&5 to help Cheshire win eight of the twelve singles. Cheshire won the match 12-6. ? The R&A have accepted a request from the Cheshire Union to include the County Strokeplay Championship in the World Amateur Golf Ranking from 2011.