O50s Championships weekend in Bournmouth
Team: Tony Eyles, Martyn Gossage, Richard Hardiman, Neil Robson, Sammy McCrory, Martin Thomas
Karen Potter, Val Fraser, Jane Lipton, Di Morgan, Jo Robson, Jackie Malton
MATCH 1 V OXFORDSHIRE DREW 2 – 2
A fantastic start with Tony Eyles and Martin Gossage winning the Men’s, and Di and Sammy taking a mixed match.
MATCH 2 V WILTSHIRE DREW 2 -2
Success with the mixed pairs in this match with both Jane & Neil and Val & Richard winning.
MATCH 2 V MIDDLESEX DREW 2 -2
Val and Di took the ladies to 3 but couldn’t quite clinch it, Richard and Tony lost by the smallest of margins 21-18 and 22-20.
Then came an uncharacteristically quiet Neil and Jane who took the first mixed and Karen with Martin Thomas, who served out the second end to win 21-17 with 6 perfect short serves.
Somerset unbeaten at the end of the day! Is this a first?
Lying equal 2nd, the points were: Wiltshire 5, Somerset 3,Middlesex 3, Oxfordshire 1
A good night was had by all at the evening’s dinner and dance – and then back to it for another day’s hard play!
MATCH 1 V OXFORDSHIRE WON 3 – 1
Martin Gossage injured himself in this match and had to retire from the rest of the tournament.
MATCH 2 V WILTSHIRE LOST 1 – 3
This was disappointing after the draw on Saturday, but it was a really close match.
MATCH 2 V MIDDLESEX LOST 1 – 3
Got off to a good start with Jane & Val winning the ladies. Both the mens and 1st mixed went to 3, Karen and Sammy losing 24-22 in the third – such a close game!
Final Result: If we could have managed a win or possibly even a draw we could have finished 2nd to Wiltshire, but it was not to be and Somerset finished 3rd behind Wiltshire and Middlesex, with Oxfordshire in 4th.This was a definite improvement on last year and next year we are looking to finish either 2nd or possibly even higher!! Thank you to all those who made it enjoyable. Congratulations to Jane Lipton who can celebrate with a 100% win rate!