Yorkshire win Men’s County Championship title

After a nail-biting final day, Yorkshire lifted the Men’s County Championship trophy at Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club.

Despite losing 5.5-3.5 to Gloucestershire on the last day, Yorkshire lifted the national team title having won two of their three matches to amass 14.5 game points compared to Gloucestershire’s 12.5.

Kent went into the last day knowing victory could seal the title, and their morning foursomes battles with Lincolnshire all went down the 18th in some epic contests, ending with 1.5 points apiece. Meanwhile, two of the three games between Gloucestershire and Yorkshire went down 18, with Gloucestershire coming out on top 2.5-0.5.

Those results set up an enthralling afternoon of singles with Kent needing to beat Lincolnshire to have a chance of winning the tournament, but they went down 3.5-2.5 (5-4 overall).

That left Gloucestershire needing to beat Yorkshire by a two-point margin in the singles, but they drew 3-3. Despite an overall 5.5-3.5 win, the title went to Yorkshire.

Yorkshire captain David Appleby said: “We’ve been preparing for this since February. Picking the teams has been the hardest bit because we’ve got so many talented players in Yorkshire but we picked the best seven and the best seven have won.”