Last weekend saw the first matches for the 4NCL teams in Divisions 1 and 2, at Wokefield Park near Reading.
Anglian Avengers 1 achieved promotion at the end of last season to Division 1 and faced tough opponents in Grantham Sharks and Guildford 1. Predictably they lost both matches, by 3 – 5 and 2 – 6. Guildford 1 are probably favourites to win the title and won their first match 7½-½, with only their Board 8 Suffolk’s Dagne Ciuksyte gaining the draw. In the Avengers’ match against Guildford 1, top boards Andy Lewis and Adam Taylor lost respectively to GM powerhouses Matthew Sadler and Gawain Jones. But Ed Player managed a draw against former Suffolk player GM Nick Pert.
There are no Suffolk-based teams in Division 2, but next weekend Iceni 1 and 2, as well as Anglian Avengers 2 and 3, play in Divisions 3 and 4 at the same venue.