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1st Team v Nottinghamshire at Sherwood Forest GC on Sunday 12th May 2019 - REPORT

1st Team at Sherwood Forest on Sunday 12th May 2019. Back Row (l-r) Matt Brookbanks, James Robinson, Kieron Austin, Richard Sadler, Tom Howells, Dave McGillivray (County President), Front Row (l-r) Ben Woodward, Luke Rogers, Mark Dixon, Adam Norman (Captain), Steve Lane.

Sherwood Forest GC hosted Worcestershire’s 1st match of the season against a strong Nottinghamshire side. The weather was set fair and the course was immaculate as ever! 

James Robinson and Kieron Austin led the team out in match 1 of the foursomes and got us off to a winning start with a 4&2 victory. Matches 2 and 3 went Nottinghamshire's way, with Luke Rogers and Ben Woodward losing 1 down and Steve Lane and Tom Howells going down 6&5.

Richard Sadler and Mark Dixon levelled the game up in match 4 with Richard holing ‘one of those’ at the last to win 1up. Adam Norman and Matt Brookbanks were never down in match 5 but unfortunately the match ended in a half, leaving the morning foursomes 2 1/2 each and all to play for in the afternoon singles.

Robinson led the way again for Worcestershire and gained a well earned half point against undoubtedly Nottinghamshire’s number 1 off a mere +4. Lane went down 4&2 in match 2 but matches 3 and 4 went Worcestershire’s way, with superb victories coming from Austin and Rogers 1up and 3&2 respectively. A good start for Worcestershire in the afternoon singles but Nottinghamshire fought back with wins in matches 5,6 and 7 against Woodward, Howells and Dixon; Woodward and Dixon losing by the narrowest of margins 1 down and Howells losing on the 17th. A strong Moseley contingent were bringing up the rear; stalwart Sadler gained a 4&3 victory in match 8 and Norman won match 10 4&2, leaving Brookbanks the only match left on the course, all square playing the 18th with the match tied 7-7. Both players were on in regulation and both players held their nerve holing 4 footers for par and match 9 ending in a half. 

Thus, the match ended Nottinghamshire 7 1/2 v Worcestershire 7 1/2. A fantastic result for Worcestershire as Nottinghamshire are such a strong county, and around one of the toughest courses in their county. 

Full Match Score Sheet.

A superb performance from all the players and great team spirit which will hopefully hold us in good stead for the rest of the season.

Thank you to County Secretary Stuart Pritchard, Debbie Pritchard and County President David Mcgilvary for keeping the team refreshed and supporting the whole team throughout the day.

The next match is on Sunday 2nd June at The Worcestershire against Shropshire and Herefordshire.

Adam Norman
(Team Captain)