Just short of a full house of 11 players entered our annual Advanced Tournament, the Honeygrove Cup, with most of the usual suspects.
Our lawns were delightful and the fastest they’ve ever been. The weather was a little cool with the wind, but held up until a rain shower after most people had finished at the end of Saturday.
Chris Coull seemed to be running away with the tournament, beaten undefeated after 5 games. However it was all up to the final game – Andy v Chris. In the end Andy ran out the easy winner as Chris only managed one hoop and won the tournament on a tie-break since he’d also got 5 wins and had beaten Chris.
Honeygrove Cup – with 5/6 Chris Coull (left), manager Alex Jardine and Andy Dibben, winner on tie-break (right)
Barney came second in the Area Final for the CA All England handicap event held at Surbiton last weekend, so qualifies for the Final being held at Hunstanton this weekend. John Knight from Reigate was the winner.
Unfortunately this means he may miss his potential Doubles Final this Sunday!
We were on average one handicap weaker than them, but came out of the morning session 2:1 up. This is the first time this has happened in an A league match for a long time (for ever?).
Unfortunately neither Jon, nor Jolyon, played at quite the same level in the afternoon as the morning and although Alex won in an exciting 3-ball ending, having pegged out one of Alan’s balls, John lost the final game narrowly to Lizdespite a number of chances and so we lost…
Jon Diamond (0) & Jolyon Creasey (0.5) beat Chris Coull (-0.5) & Paul Castell (-0.5) + 3 John Greenwood (2.5) beat Alan Cottle (-0.5) +2 Alex Jardine (2) lost to Liz Farrow (1.5) – 17 Jon lost to Chris -11 Jolyon lost to Paul -14 Alex beat Alan +2 John lost to Liz by a small amount
Having come 2nd last year the addition of Jon Diamond didn’t improve the results and we came 4th! (Not surprisingly, since Notts had a team of four players with handicaps of -4.)
2019 GC Intercounties final results
As can be seen from the results board Notts lost out to Somerset this year, but our downfall was day 1 when we only won three of our six matches. Still we were well above the relegation zone, so look forward to playing at Southwick again next year.
Our Kent team was Tobi Savage from Canterbury, Mark Daley from Dulwich, David Dray (who may join us next year as he lives in Paddock Wood) and Jon Diamond.