Ulverston's Liam Walker and Furness' Rob Spence suffered their first defeat of the season with Cumbria last week as Yorkshire proved too strong in the Daily Telegraph Golf League.

Yorkshire selected an exceptionally strong team of players with +4 and +3 handicaps, some of whom are serious candidates for the prestigious Walker Cup squad, for the match at Ilkley Golf Club and their class showed as they easily ran out 14.5-3.5 winners.

The morning foursomes saw Walker from and his partner Richard Mewse from Workington narrowly lose by one hole to the top Yorkshire pairing.

In the second match, Spence and his regular partner Will Bowe (also from Workington) ran into a barrage of birdies from their skilful opponents and despite playing well were beaten 4&3.

The only team to secure a point for Cumbria in this difficult format was Rory Thompson (Stoney Holme) and Simon Young (Seascale).

In the singles, Walker had no joy with his putter and lost 5&4, while Spence didn’t play to his full capabilities and ran into a formidable opponent in going down 4&3.

After running into the juggernaut that is Yorkshire, the overall favourites to win the competition, Cumbria have the chance to get back on track then they face Durham at Workington Golf Club in August, as they look to make it three wins in four matches this year.