Honours are even at 5-5 going into the final day of the Praia D’el Rey Rover European Cup match after the Ladies European team drew level by taking the fourballs 3-2 in Portugal. The men, defending the cup, could have been trailing going into the ten singles but for a spirited fightback in two of the matches where they won the final hole to snatch a half.
In the top match Tommy Horton, playing the captains role, and John Morgan beat Laura Davies and Trish Johnson after a colossal battle of the highest quality finally ended on the final green. Davies made eagle from 30 feet at the long 16th and her side also had six birdies, while Horton and Morgan were nine under. The better-ball score was 14 under par.
In two of the other matches the men won the last holes to secure halves with the LET captain Marie-Laure de Lorenzi and Alison Nicholas, two up with three to play, both failing to make par at the 18th to allow Americans Alan Tapie and Bill Brask to tie the overall score.
England's Lora Fairclough was in inspirational form as she and Sweden's Maria Hjorth had the biggest win of the day, beating wily veteran Neil Coles and Ross Metherell by 4 and 3. The Chorley player who birdied three holes out of five from the 11th to close out the contest.
Sweden's Sofia Gronberg Whitmore joined Spain's Raquel Carriedo in a 2 and 1 win over the all-Irish pair of Eddie Poll and David Jones.