YORKSHIRE battled their way to victory on the first day of the English Senior Men’s County Championship at Goswick, Northumberland.
The White Rose team withstood a spirited charge by Sussex to win 5-4.
Yorkshire led 2.5-0.5 after the morning foursomes, Peter Ward (Middlesbrough) and Ian Clarke (Lindrick) earning a full point, as did Johnny Lawrence (Moor Allerton) and Alwoodley’s Garry Cuthbert, while Garforth’s Andy King and Mark Lawson halved.
Sussex took the afternoon honours, but Yorkshire gained the required two and a half points for overall victory with wins from King and Lawrence plus a half from Halifax Bradley Hall’s Andy Whitworth.
Yorkshire captain Tony Greenhalgh said: “It was a super win, so exciting. It was inevitable that Sussex would give it a good go, but we have a fantastic team spirit with no egos.”
King was on top form and did not lose a hole in the singles as he defeated his Sussex opponent Doug Park 6&5.
Then Lawrence signed off with a birdie two on the 15th for his 4&3 win over Malcolm J Cawte, which ensured Yorkshire would at least halve the match.
Whitworth provided the essential half point in his game with Paul Plant that included six birdies between the two players.
The Yorkshireman trailed early on and was three down after seven holes, but he turned his fortunes around when he won four holes in a row on the back nine.
Warwickshire were the day’s other winners, staging a terrific fight-back to defeat Gloucestershire 5.5-3.5.