Our third visit to play Bishop Monkton in a friendly match took place last week and for the first time we prevailed by 111 hoops to 99 in a seven round series of 30 minute doubles matches where each player plays with each of their own team and against all but one of the opponents twice.
For once in this rather wet August, the weather stayed good and we all enjoyed the usual excellent hospitality of our hosts.
We look forward to entertaining them back at Chester-le-Street next year.
In a close match against Tyneside Hunters at their Exhibition Park greens in Newcastle, Durham prevailed by the closest margin of 9½-8½.
The Durham team of Nigel, Dave, Tony and George, gained and maintained a steady lead so that by lunchtime, they were two matches ahead, and it continued the same way until after the fifth round of matches Durham were four ahead with three to play. Tyneside then came back to win the final three matches, and make the score more respectable from their point of view.
Many thanks to Tyneside for their hospitality and friendly reception.
The Division 2 match against Bamburgh that was to have taken place on 10 August was called off the night before due to horrendous weather in North Northumberland. In the event, the weather at Chester-le-Street was not very bad, but it did contuse to cause major problems further north.
The match has been rescheduled for Friday 23 August at Chester-le-Street.
Dave, Nigel Roger and Tony played for the first team on Saturday 3 August in our Division 1 match against Auckland at their ground in Chilton, and a close run thing it was.
For the first six games, results alternated, until we got two games ahead after eight had been played. The Auckland fought back to go ahead themselves by 2 after 13 games.
Back we came again, however, and with one game to play it was all square. By then, however, Dave had got his eye in on an unfamiliar lawn and won the final game to give us a win by the narrowest of margins: 9½-8½
Peter T, Dave, Tony and Derek travelled north on 11 July for our 2019 Division 1 fixture against Alnmouth, but not with a happy outcome.
We struggled to get to grips with the intricacies of their lawns, and came away with a 15-3 defeat. Nonetheless, we were made very welcome as usual, so thanks to Alnmouth for their hospitality, if not for the result!
Nigel, Roger, Susan and Tony took the long trip down to Nottingham on Tuesday (9 July) to play Camerton & Peasedown in the quarter-final of the 2019 Murphy Shield.
Unfortunately we lost 4-2 in what turned out to be a close match where 10 out of the 15 games played went to hoop 12 or 13. As an example, the first game of the morning doubles took an hour and 40 minutes before our opponents won it 7-6.
Congratulations go to Tony, who won both his matches.
Many thanks to Nottingham for their help and hospitality, and for providing good warm weather (up to the final hour when rain set in).
Our Cuthbert team were Tony, Richard, Kathleen & Anne and the match consisted of 6 doubles and 12 singles. We lost by 3 points ie 10.5 to 7.5. and our total handicaps were 27 to Alnmouth’s 30. Our biggest challenge however were the very undulating lawns!
We enjoyed lovely weather and hospitality in a very picturesque club and we wish our Division 1 team a good day when they play at Alnmouth next Thursday.
We took a team of 7 to Ripon to play a friendly, and although we lost by 11 hoops (131-142) this was a big improvement on last year.
The morning session saw Ripon gain their 11 hoop lead, but after lunch we managed to get the hang of their lawns (long grass – something we are not used to), and held them to equal hoops in the afternoon.
While it was rather overcast and cold, we were made very welcome and enjoyed thew day out. Many thanks to Ripon for volunteering the extra person to complete our team of 8.