Having been put in their places by Ireland on Thursday, Scott Knowles's team knew they had to beat England and then hope that Ireland did not triumph by too big a margin against hapless Wales.
But the first part of the equation did not materialise as England beat them also by a 9-6 margin and so completed golf's triple crown and regained the Raymond Trophy.
And because Ireland overcame Wales 9-6 it was the Irish who won second spot with Scotland third and Wales taking the wooden spoon.
At lunchtime it was nip and tuck as Scotland and England shared the foursomes spoils 2½-2½ and for a time in the afternoon it looked as though the Scots might just prevail - until in mid-round fortunes changed and the English seemed to move into top gear.
Scott Crichton and Graeme Robertson who had lost his two previous singles and Alexander Culverwell were in fact the only afternoon winners.