Seniors v Cambridgeshire - Match Report 10.9.18
Match Report - County Seniors v Cambridgeshire at Worcs G&CC
on 10th September 2018
The Seniors arrived at Worcs G&CC full of confidence after their league victory on the same course only a week ago. This popular fixture always attracts a good team from the visitors and Worcestershire were keen to involve a number of their squad players in this final match of the season. It also shows what good strength in depth the Worcestershire seniors have in their growing, very committed squad of some 30 players.
The course was in fine condition and the warm weather set up the day for good scoring. The morning greensomes were all tightly fought, although the pairing of Tom Mooney and Alun McGrath played superbly and won handsomely by 4&3. Overall, Worcestershire took a commanding 4 1/2 to 1 1/2 lead at lunch.
The four balls saw a keen fightback by the Cambridgeshire team and a barrage of 8 birdies in the Craddock/ Kerr match saw them lose 3&2. Carpenter & Bristow looked comfortable at 3 up but again the Cambridgeshire pair fought back hard with birdies and took the match down the last before the Worcs pair won by one hole. The pairing of home player Baker and Swain proved to be unstoppable, superbly winning both their matches on the day, which was unmatched. Unbeaten during the day were the reliable pairing of Thompson & Green and the strong partnership of Hill & Chima. The overall result in the fourballs was 7 to 5 in favour of Worcestershire.
The final match result was an excellent 11 1/2 to 6 1/2 win in favour of Worcestershire.
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In the absence of Paul Newman, the County Seniors Captain, Bill Thompson stood in and thanked Worcs G&CC for hosting the event so successfully. In particular, he thanked Andy Clayton and Michelle Abbot (catering staff) for their superb hospitality and Rob Miles (Head Greenkeeper) for the excellent condition of the course. Graham Goodman ( Cambs County Seniors Captain) reiterated Bill's comments and said that the food was the best they'd eaten at any match they'd played in this season. Other players commented that the hospitality received at Worcs G&CC was first class. He also looked forward to welcoming the Worcestershire Seniors to their County next year.
It's been a remarkable year for the Seniors team. They've won every match and drawn just one. They've won the West Midlands league and now look forward to their season finale against Northamptonshire on Oct 22nd to decide the overall Midland Champions. This will be played at Hennle Park GC, nr Oswestry. Good luck to everyone involved.
Posted on 10/09/2018
by Bill Thompson