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Wednesday's report from the English Amateur

Paul Casey made sure that half the quarter-final field at the English Amateur at St Mellion will be seeded players.

The Surrey player, who has blossomed during two years at college in Arizona, got the better of Yorkshireman Richard Jones by two holes.

He lead by two holes, only to lose the 17th when he drove into the trees - but then at the tricky 456-yard 18th it was Jones who found trouble.

His approach cleared the water but bounced back into the hazard. With Casey just a couple of feet away in three, Jones took a drop and needed to hole it to stand any chance of progressing.

His chip finished through the green, and he walked up and shook Casey's hand.

Casey will now play Matthew King, who came back from two down to beat Cheshire's Neil Pabari on the final green.

He joins three other seeds in the last eight after a day of blistering sunshine and sparkling golf at the Cornish course.

Yorkshire's Simon Dyson completed two efficient victories in the day, edging home two and one over Surrey's Richard Caldwell and disposing of Walmley's James Phillips three and two.

England international Dyson strengthened his chances of a Walker Cup call-up by relying on his strength over the demanding Jack Nicklaus-designed course. But 33 holes up hill and down dale clearly took its toll of the 21-year-old from Leeds.

"I'll sleep well tonight," he said. "I've not felt so tired for a long while but hopefully I'll get two more rounds in tomorrow."

After running in six birdies against Phillips, Dyson found things more tricky against Caldwell, the well-bred son of former Walker Cup man Ian and Curtis Cup player Carole.

Dyson found only two birdies this time. But they proved vital, the second putting him dormie-two at the 16th while a half at 17 saw the Yorkshireman home.

Explaining the lack of birdies, Dyson said: "I hit a lot of shots close but I didn't hole a putt this afternoon, where I had this morning."

Dyson now faces his international colleague Philip Rowe, who kept the Cornish flag flying by edging past doughty Yorkshireman John Wells at the 19th.

Wells, who had not been taken past the 16th green until he faced Rowe, was ahead three times. But Rowe finally pegged him back at the 15th and then came within a whisker of winning at the 18th only for his chip from the back of the green to horseshoe out.

At the extra hole Wells bunkered his approach to take bogey, while Rowe found the green in regulation and two putts gave him victory - the only time in the match he had been in front.

"It was a tough match but a great one," said Rowe.

"I was disappointed to see that chip on 18 stay out. But I'm through, and Simon will present another tough hurdle tomorrow."

Another Yorkshireman Jonathan Lupton secured his sixth-round spot with a two and one success over David Clark, from Richmond, while Surrey's Mark Side battled to put out fellow seed Kenneth Ferrie by the same margin.

The big-hitter from Northumberland was ahead twice in the early stages but lost the match on the greens.

"He holed the putts; I didn't," said Ferrie. "You can't win matches if you don't hole the putts. He deserved it more than me."


4th rd:

S Dyson (Sand Moor) bt J Phillips (Walmley) 3 and 2
J Wells (Beverley and East Riding) bt D Errington (Arcot Hall) 4 and 2
P Rowe (West Cornwall) bt G Hastie (Dunscar) 3 and 2
J Lupton (Middlesbrough) bt Y Ali (Ealing) 5 and 4
R Caldwell (Sunningdale) bt G Evans (Ealing) at 19th
D Clark (Richmond) bt L Atkinson (Stoke Poges) 2 holes
M Side (Shirley Park) bt P Wheatcroft (Worksop) 4 and 2
K Ferrie (Alnmouth) bt P Smith (Kidderminster) 1 hole
M King (Toft Hotel) bt P Haywood (Basingstoke) 3 and 2
R Jones (Wath) bt C Rodgers (Royal Mid-Surrey) 4 and 3
P Casey (Burhill) bt C Phillips (Newquay) 4 and 3
R Caldwell (Sunningdale) bt G Evans (Ealing) at 19th
D Clark (Richmond) bt L Atkinson (Stoke Poges) 2 holes
N Pabari (Sale) bt J Evans (Guildford) at 19th
P Meadows (Betchworth Park) bt S Parry (Bolton) 1 hole
E Burlison-Rush (East Sussex National) bt M Lock (Newquay) 3 and 2
J Elson (Kenilworth) bt J Ackland-Snow (Winter Hill) 6 and 5
N Soto (Northamptonshire County) bt J Kavanagh (Stoke Poges) 2 and 1.

5th rd:

Dyson bt Caldwell 2 and 1
Rowe bt Wells at 19th
Lupton bt Clark 2 and 1
Side bt Ferrie 2 and 1
King bt Pabari 1 hole
Casey bt Jones 2 holes
Burlison-Rush bt Meadows 1 hole
Elson bt Soto at 19th