Super Suffolk fight back to beat Bucks on day two of the County Finals at Felixstowe Ferry

YORKSHIRE OPPOSITION: Fourteen-year-old Mia Eales-Smith gets a piggy-back from England international

YORKSHIRE OPPOSITION: Fourteen-year-old Mia Eales-Smith gets a piggy-back from England international Olivia Winning. Both are likely to play against Suffolk at Felixstowe Ferry today. Mia eagled the tough 17th on the opening day. Photograph: LEADERBOARD PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Leaderboard Photography

Suffolk staged a magnificent fight-back after trailing 2-1 in the foursomes against Buckinghamshire on the second day of England Women’s County finals at Felixstowe Ferry today, writes Tony Garnett

The outcome rested on the final singles when Amanda Norman closed out a dramatic 2 and 1 victory over Susanna Mitterer, one of three seniors in the Buckinghamshire ranks.

Norman was the only Suffolk player to be trailing after six holes in the singles, but only by one hole. She used all her experience to come away with a memorable win.

Suffolk fielded a fresh foursomes pairing in Alice Barlow and Lottie Whyman. It looked a smart move on paper but they were two down after six and then faced an uphill battle.

Suffolk captain Vanessa Bell and Vicki Inglis were six down after 12 from which there was no realistic chance of recovery.


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The key to Suffolk’s win was provided by their third pair, Abbie Symonds and Lils James, who did not feature on the opening day. They swept aside Denise Goodacre and Julia Gallagher, both seniors, by 5 and 4 and deservedly earned their places in the singles.

Suffolk made a flying start in the afternoon with Whyman, Barlow and the determined Symonds providing three of the four points needed to win the match.

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James was also in pole position. She was five up after six, three up after 12, one up after 15 but lost two down.

Jo Woodward lost a tight match so it all rested on her sister who knows Felixstowe Ferry so well and has served Suffolk with distinction over the years.

Tomorrow, Suffolk take on the might of unbeaten Yorkshire, last year’s runners-up, (foursomes 8.30 and singles at 12.45).

Having administered a “Whiterose wash” against Hampshire on Monday. Yorkshire beat Nottinghamshire today.

Olivia Winning played for England in the Nations Cup in Portugal. Rochelle Morris was in the 2016 Curtis Cup and Megan Lockett is a Welsh international.

They are backed up by a trio of talented juniors, Charlotte Heath, Nicola Slater and 14-year-old Mia Eales-Smith who has been described as a “pocket rocket” by her team captain Fran Dickson.

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