Current Champions Suffolk continued today where they left off last season, winning both matches in this season’s EACU County Championships. In the morning, Suffolk (average grade 182.6) thrashed an under-strength Bedfordshire (average grade 162.2) by 12½ points to 3½. Beds were missing several of their top players.
In the afternoon, a much closer match against Norfolk (average 178.6) resulted in a win by the narrowest of margins, 8½ – 7½. Suffolk captain Ian Wallis reports that at one time it looked as if Suffolk might even lose.
Four players won both their games: Alan Merry (Board 1), Mike Cook (8), Leon Burnett (12) and Steve Ruthen (14). A further five players scored 1½ points: Mark Le-Vine (7), Nick Savage (9), Silas Peck (10), Tim Lunn (11) and Martin Fogg (13). Three players were unbeaten (two draws): Ed Player, Ian Wallis and Rob Sanders.
All in all, an excellent day’s work. The next matches, against Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire (again), will take place on 29 November.