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21st July 2023

A welcome return of the match vs Limpsfield on 21st July.

Unfortunate injuries to the Limpsfield No.2 and the GB Vets No.5 late in the day meant we made the match 4-a-side.

Fergus Burnett at No. 1 and Mandy Akin at No. 4 went on first. Mandy opted to play PARS to 11 and although the first game was contested but losing 10/12 the next two also went Limpsfield’s way – 1/0 down.
Fergus, and the rest of the team, played to PARS 15. A high quality game, Fergus taking the first 15/10 but then he was always under pressure losing the next 3 – 10, 10, 12. 2/0 down.

Cathy Ruffle at No. 2, having won the WO45 title at the British Open in June, was again in fine form and battled her way to a 3/1 victory over the Limpsfield Manager/Captain.

Dan Sweeney at No.3 went on to make it a draw not a defeat. Having lost the first, he won the next 2 and at match ball in the 4th all was looking good for a draw. His dogged opponent however saved a further 2 match balls to win the 4th 16/14 and then took the 5th. A great match.

So a Limpsfield win 3/1

Our thanks to Colin Bruce at Limpsfield for organising a most enjoyable evening which ended with a fabulous meal, much banter and a hope that a rematch could be arranged later in the year.

Full results were as follows:

  Limpsfield   GB Vets    
1 Janes McLane beat Fergus Burnett 3-1 10/15, 15/10, 15/10, 15/1
2 Colin Bruce lost to Cathy Ruffle 1-3 10/15, 15/9, 10/15, 7/15
3 Rob White best Dan Sweeney 3-2 15/9, 7/15, 11/15, 16/14, 15/8
4 Tony Rackham beat Mandy Akin 3-0 12/10, 11/6, 11/4

Nigel Belle
Match Manager