Teenage talent leads county win

Shanklin & Sandown's Jordan Sundborg
Shanklin & Sandown's Jordan Sundborg
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Hampshire, Isle of Wight & Channel Islands showed their impressive strength in depth as they stormed to victory over neighbours Dorset in their Daily Telegraph South Eastern Group League showdown.

The team was much changed from last year’s eight-man squad which lost in the final to Essex in October.

But even without four of their regular players, captain Steve Williams was able to watch his side coast to an 8-4 victory at Stoneham.

Isle of Wight-based debutant Jordan Sundborg was the pick of the bunch as he claimed maximum points.

It was also the Shanklin & Sandown 17-year-old’s singles win over Harry Mitchell which sealed the match for the county side.

Williams said: ‘I have a bit to think about before our trip to Kent in a fortnight. But when my full squad is back in the UK for July’s match against Sussex at Blackmoor, I am going to have a very difficult job deciding who to leave out.

‘The message is all my players know they are going to have to play well in the coming weeks because I have a queue of players banging on the door to get in our team. It’s a lovely problem to have this early in the season.’

Williams also drafted in Corhampton’s Sam Day, while his club-mate, Scott Gregory, surprisingly could only take a half from his two matches.

In the foursomes, Hampshire pair Martin Young and Gavin O’Neill halved their match, while Gregory and Ryan Henley went down on the final hole.

But a victory for Haydn Reay and Mark Burgess was followed up by Sundborg and Day to give the county the advantage going into the singles.

Young suffered a rare singles defeat first out in the afternoon session, but Reay, Day, Henley, O’Neill and Sundborg saw Hampshire take command, before a defeat for Burgess and Gregory’s halved match completed the result.