The Suffolk First Team, captained by Ian Wallis, faced Cambridgeshire and Norfolk today in the EACU County Championships, at Newmarket.
In the morning match Suffolk played the hitherto unbeaten Cambridgeshire, who fielded a very strong team (any team that can have Paul Kemp on Board 8 must be a strong team)! Wins from Alan Merry and David Spence on the top two boards cemented the victory, although it was close at the end, with Suffolk winning 9 – 7.
In the afternoon match, Suffolk were favourites to beat Norfolk, but as usual, their opponents put up a good fight. At the end it was down to Richard Lamont to secure the draw for the team by winning the last game to finish.
Three Suffolk players won both their games – David Spence, Graham Moore and Richard Lamont, whilst Ian Wallis and Silas Peck were unbeaten on 1½ points.
Norfolk thrashed Bedfordshire 12½ – 3½ in their morning match and, it is believed though not confirmed yet, that Cambridgeshire also beat Bedfordshire in the afternoon.
If so, then the current League Table reads as follows:
In the next matches on 8 February, Suffolk will play the two teams below them, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, and must stand a good chance of winning both matches. As captain Ian says, “There’s still everything to play for!”