Lancaster duo help Lancashire to victory on home soil

Adam Stone.
Adam Stone.
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Two players made the most of home advantage as Lancashire were victorious in their latest county league fixture at Lancaster Golf Club on Saturday.

Jack Clarkson and Adam Stone were part of the successful Red Rose side that beat Northumberland 12.5-5.5 to keep alive their hopes of a third successive Daily Telegraph Northern Counties League title.

Back row from left, Chris Foster (Lancaster Golf Club captain), Tony McMunn (President of the Lancashire Union of Golf Clubs) and Mike Tonge (Lancaster Golf Club, vice-captain). Front row, Adam Stone and Jack Clarkson.

Back row from left, Chris Foster (Lancaster Golf Club captain), Tony McMunn (President of the Lancashire Union of Golf Clubs) and Mike Tonge (Lancaster Golf Club, vice-captain). Front row, Adam Stone and Jack Clarkson.

At one stage the outcome was in the balance as the visitors, a point down after the foursomes, gained the ascendancy early in the singles by winning two of the opening three matches.

But the Red Rose men asserted their authority, claiming the next eight ties to put the issue beyond doubt and move to the top of the table.

Stone and Clarkson, both on golf scholarships in America, won their foursomes matches partnering Richie Blundell, from Hillside Golf Club, and Ciaran Doherty, Bury, respectively before also triumphing in the singles.

Clarkson beat Russell Hayhoe, Ponteland, 5&4, while Stone saw off Mark Wharton, Newcastle United, by a single hole.

Jack Clarkson.

Jack Clarkson.

There were also comprehensive victories for newly-crowned county champion Ian Kenwright and Sean Blinkhorn, who both prevailed 6&5.