Four Nations 2014 Day One

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In brief:

Wales 12-20 England,

Wales 18-13 Ireland,

Wales 21-8 Scotland

The first day of this year’s Four Nations has seen a mixed bag of results. It was Mixed match day for Wales on Saturday, with the first of two sets of matches against each nation needed to gain or retain the relevant trophy.

In the first set of matches, against England, Chris Wells’ team started well, keeping up with Tommy Campbell’s to be just 1 shot behind (3-4) at the halfway stage. Chris’ team went on to draw 7-7, while James Pougher’s team fared less well against Fiona Hawker, though they came back from 9-1 down after 4 ends to reduce their arrears to 13-5 at the close, giving an 8-shot deficit overall in the contest for the Kay Trophy.

Chris Wells (skip) with Laura Beever, Andrew Tanner and Katrina Tanner after their victory over the Irish team

Chris Wells (skip) with Laura Beever, Andrew Tanner and Katrina Tanner after their victory over the Irish team

The second session saw Wales up against Ireland, with two matches that could have gone either way. Adrian Meikle’s team kept close to Ireland throughout, only losing by 1 shot in the final end on Sheet D, while on Sheet E Chris Wells’ team kept pace with Ireland and had a small lead going into the final end, when Ireland were unlucky to knock all their own stones out of the house and leave Chris with a sizeable 11-5 victory – giving Wales an 18-13 overall lead.

In the final session, against Scotland, Hugh Meikle’s team improved from 1 all after 2 ends to take a 4 in a well-constructed third end, and after 4 ends stood at 6-1 up. Adrian Meikle’s team had a similar start to the match, but with the scores reversed, and by halfway stage it was a mirror image on sheets A and B as Hugh was 6-1 up while Adrian was 6-1 down. While Hugh kept it up to win 10-1, Adrian turned the game around to win 11-1 and Wales took a 13-point lead against Scotland into day 2.