A SOLID second round ensured Eddie Pepperell easily made the cut in his return to European Tour action at the Betfred British Masters.

The Abingdon golfer carded a two-under par 69 at Close House, Newcastle, which left him tied for 14th on six-under for the tournament when he entered the clubhouse this evening.

It put the Frilford Heath member five shots behind the leader, Italian Renato Paratore, at the halfway stage of his first competition since March.

Playing alongside tournament host Lee Westwood and defending champion Marcus Kinhult, the 29-year-old started well and birdied the third.

A bogey at the seventh was the only blemish on his round, but Pepperell regained his concentration to pick up a shot at the tenth.

That proved to be the start of an impressive back nine, with six successive pars followed by another birdie at the 17th, before a par at the final hole.

It puts Pepperell firmly in the mix at a tournament he won two years ago.