40 years ago

In 1976, the captain of the County First Team was (a much younger) Jim Buis.   In his report to the AGM, he advised that Suffolk were now playing in the Amboyne League, which was the equivalent of Division 3 of the Southern Counties Championship.

Suffolk played seven matches during the season, over 20 boards.   They beat Essex III, Surrey IV, Middlesex III, Kent III and Sussex III.   They lost to Surrey III in the last match of the season, and finished second in the table.   Suffolk also played Norfolk in a 21 board friendly, which ended all square.

Amongst the 44 players who represented Suffolk in one or more matches, included were Ian Wallis (scoring 5/8), Steve Gregory, Jim Buis, Roger Holt and Una Bartlett.   Still around in 2017, but not currently playing, were Chris Chambers, Chris Green and Sandy Peters (4½/6).

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