Our home match on Thursday 19th May was against local rivals Cricket St Thomas. A bit of a local derby this, with quite a few of the C S T team known to us. As always, in our seniors’ matches, this match was played in the best of spirits. Yet again I liked to pick a half decent golfer as my partner and as vice captain Rod had made himself available for this match, it seemed only polite to allow him to play with the captain. We teamed up in match 1 against their captain Nick Hill, playing off 28 and an octogenarian Keith Potter, still playing off 16, a top man. Keith hits a good ball & I can only hope to play as well as that when I reach 80, but there’s little chance of that happening, as I can’t play that well now! Nick used his extra shots well but we managed to turn the corner 1 up. Then Rod showered the back 9 with pars and the odd birdie and suddenly he had carried us to a win 4 and 3. Not sure if I came in on any of the holes, it’s so easy to forget things when you are a senior. I put the dynamic duo of Webber & Bartin out in match 2, looking to get us a win against ex LSGC member Roger Stone and his pal Alan Chance. I love it when a plan comes together and although the CST fought back from being 5 down after the first 6, Alan and Rich brought in a win 3 and 2. Malcolm Dennes and Peter Champness came up against better opposition in match 3 going down 3 and 2. How fortunes can change and after a rubbish round at Farrington on Tuesday, Dave Butcher was in the team again on Thursday and back on form. Playing in match 4, with newcomer to seniors inter club matches Steve Uzzell, this pair were 2 down after 2, but 2 up at the turn. They then dove tailed well and recorded and excellent win 4 and 3. Well done to both of you. Phil Bowditch playing in match 5 with Jon Thomas was still in winning form and together they dished out a bit of a thrashing, winning 5 and 4. One of their opposition, a really nice bloke called Nobby, who has hair that looks like a burst couch, was a bit disappointed after his post match shower to find no hair dryer, brush or comb in our changing room. Dave Kennedy and Len Collin also each recorded their second win of the week for the club, playing together in match 6 with another great win 4 and 2. The Long Sutton seniors’ team had recorded a decisive overall win of 5 matches to 1 and it has been a great week to be seniors’ captain. My thanks to all those who have played, particularly to Steve Uzzell, for making himself available for the first time. By the smile on his face I think he enjoyed the experience and I look forward to more seniors, we now have 157 members of our section, to put their names forward for an inter club match. I think you will be amazed by how much that you will also enjoy it. The team for next week, to play away against Lyme Regis has already been selected, but with lots more matches to play there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved.
Regards to one an all,
Chris Hockey Seniors' Captain