A BATTLING display yielded only defeat for Dorset as they succumbed 6.5-5.5 to Surrey in their County League South clash at Broadstone.

Former Amateur champion Lee James and Harry Collins were two up after 14 holes but were pegged back to level by the end.

There was a two-hole defeat for Andy Rideout and Matthew Sandy, while experienced pair Giles Legg and Harry Mitchell succumbed 4&2.

Although Brad Cox and Luke Hirst were three down after 10, they fought back superbly. An excellent second shot to within seven feet of the pin at the 18th allowed Hirst to sink the putt and earn the hosts a half.

Resuming at 3-1 down after lunch, home player James and ex-Broadstone member Rideout secured a point apiece in the singles.

Cox and Harris were each beaten 6&4 while Hirst continued his impressive day with a nice putt at the last to earn half a point.

A dominant 5&4 effort from Mitchell gave Dorset further hope but Legg shook hands with his opponent on the 16th green.

Sandy ensured the day ended on a positive note when a neat approach shot and calm putt at the 18th, which allowed him to finish one up.

Dorset are next in action on Sunday, August 6 when they travel to Kent.