The Suffolk First Team, captained this season by Steve Ruthen, got off to a promising start on 21 January with two wins against Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire. Suffolk won both matches by the narrowest of margins – 8½-7½.
The team was weakened by the absence of several strong players, including Alan Merry and Shaun Munson. Nevertheless, their lower-graded replacements did not disappoint, with Alex Sheerin winning both games on Board 15 and Ed Kirkham drawing his only game on Board 16 (he benefited from a default win in the other match).
Suffolk’s leading scorers were:
Graham Moore (Board 1) – 2/2
Silas Peck (Board 3) – 2/2
Alex Sheerin (Board 15) – 2/2
Andrew Shephard (Board 12) – 1½/2
The next First Team matches are on 18 February. This coming Sunday (4 February) sees the Under 160s in action against Hertfordshire and Norfolk.