Lancashire storm to league title

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Lancashire golfers coasted to an easy 15-3 victory over Northumberland to retain the Daily Telegraph Northern Counties League salver with a 100 per cent record.

Skipper Paul Williams, in his first season at the helm, put the success at Southport and Ainsdale down to a “tremendous team spirit” which prevailed all the season.

“We beat Cumbria by the same margin in our opening match and carried that form into each game after that,” he said.

Paul praised the youngsters, especially county champion Haydn McCullen and Adam Stone, who he said had “galvanised team spirit”, and said he believes the confidence of his squad will be a key factor when Lancashire make their fifth appearance in six years in the English County Finals at Minchinhampton next month.

The writing was on the wall for Northumberland when they lost the foursomes by five points and, despite some close matches in the singles, they were always fighting a lost cause.

Elsewhere, Yorkshire beat Cheshire 13-5 at Lindrick and Cumbria won 14-4 against Durham.