YORKSHIRE duo David Hague (Malton & Norton) and Lindrick’s Bailey Gill helped England keep up their overwhelming record against France with a 13-7 win in the latest international, at Vidauban Golf Club, near Nice.
Hague enjoyed a perfect record, winning both his singles plus a foursomes match alongside Ben Jones (Northamptonshire County).
Gill endured a one-hole foursomes defeat playing with Darlington’s Andrew Wilson and went down on the final hole to Edgar Catherine in his first singles battle.
But he showed his character by cruising to a 4&2 victory in his final match, a singles battle with Clement Charmasson.
Hague won both his singles by a 4&3 margin, beating Paul Margolis before gaining a measure of vengeance for his Yorkshire team-mate Gill by beating Catherine.
This was England’s 30th victory since the biennial match was first played in 1934. In that time the French have won just five times, most recently in 2010 in Chantilly.
Play was tight on the first day, when the opening foursomes were shared, and England managed to edge just one point ahead after the singles.
The second day’s play was reduced to one session of singles because of the threat of torrential rain and storms and England wasted no time in racing ahead.
The team won 6.5 of the eight points on offer to underline their superiority in this event.
Hague and Jones were the top scorers, both with three wins from three games, while Matthew Jordan (Royal Liverpool), Todd Clements (Braintree) and Gian-Marco Petrozzi (Trentham) each had two wins.