New day, same story. Warwickshire, having finished in a three-way tie in the English Boys' County Championship finals at Little Aston yesterday, lost the title to Yorkshire on a countback.
Their dismal foursomes performances simply could not match their excellence in the singles.
Warwickshire beat all the other three counties, Gloucestershire, Essex and Yorkshire in the singles but, as with the case against Yorkshire the day before, they lost to Essex 2-1 in the pairs despite beating them 4-2 man-to-man.
"Just one more foursomes victory and we would have won the title," said a rueful John Jewsbury, Warwickshire's juniors chairman.
"It was still a phenomenal performance by our lads, though."
And so it was. Warwickshire's captain, Andrew Sullivan, won his third straight singles yesterday by 4&3.
And his opponent, Daniel Brooks, of Essex, was five under par when the end came.
Sullivan's opening drive went through to the back of the 388-yard first hole before he putted back for an eagle. Then he made a birdie at the second, birdie at the par-five third and there were Little Astonians scratching their heads. Had anyone, ever, played the first three holes in eight strokes?
An answer is still pending. Sullivan was nine under par in the end and he and Brooks had a better ball score of 59 for the front nine.
Despite their failures in the pairs, Warwickshire were delighted with the play of their young team.
Sullivan won five points out of six and he and Andy Evans won together yesterday. Evans also won his singles, so did Chris Dougill and, crucially, the highlypromising Jack Sant lost his match on the last green.