3 Counties Home v Wheathill B – 17.8.13
Long Sutton won 5 – 0.
Thank you to Norman and John for giving up their ‘friendly’ and filling the slot caused by school holidays. Helen Marsh was less lucky…she could only field 10 players, instead of 12, which following 3 Counties’ Rules, meant that Wheathill had 2 slots with only one Wheathill player…quite a disadvantage as it turned out. Long Sutton had a clean sweep…maximum 17 points and points for the Reserve Pair win as well. The team was Norman Banfield, John Drummond, Henry and Gill Edwards, Rupert Edwards and Sam Clarke, Hilary Dennes and Steve Cousins, Sarah and Steve Uzzell, Angela Baker and Sandra Basford. Well done everyone.
Mind, Henry and I did not make as clean a job of our game as some. My putting had been good the day before…you know that’s a bad sign…but (despite me!) we kept our noses in front... just, dropping back to 1 up on the turn. I made some amends by holding it to half on 10, then both teams tried to lose the 11th. Plenty of scope on the 11th. Paint, as he is known, and Judith used the ditch, trees, more trees, and long rough to rack up the shots. Henry was sitting miles up in the middle of the fairway with his drive, conserving his energy, so I added my bit of rubbish and hit the wrong ball! When did an unmarked Topflite look like a Srixon with a pink smiley? You could view it as a tactic, (but I wouldn’t recommend it unless you are playing a ‘gentleman’), because I think it put Paint off his game. He said, I didn’t like to shout “I think that’s mine when you were about to hit it”, and after a Rules Conflab, where we decided I was out of the hole and he should put another ball down from where I had played his, he was so put off by his ‘good luck’, he sent it straight into the bunker – a gentleman as I said, so despite Henry’s chip to fringe instead of green (for 2 mind), they conceded the hole to avoid any more misery and we went 2 up. Each can blame the other for it still being 2 up through 12 and 13, but Judith hadn’t given up the fight. She lost her ball with the wind, over the hill on 13, so hit her drive on 14 with some force, cleverly using both the green bridge and path for extra length, but still didn’t get a hole back. Guerrilla tactics! Did the red mist come down? I thought I was being attacked by a bull mastiff! Judith’s trolley had grabbed my ankle and was trying to climb up my leg. To stop myself from being ploughed forward, I grabbed my trolley for support, only to touch ‘Go’ as well, so that my trolley dragged me, with Judith’s trolley attached, straight into attack mode on Henry on the tee! I’m surprised anyone’s drives worked after that, but they were a tough duo. We finally stopped them from winning a hole on the 17th. Thank you Judith and Paint. We really enjoyed the game.
We are on our run for the finish line with 3 more matches, all at Home on the following consecutive Saturdays, 31st v Wheathill A, 7th Sept. v Folke and 14th v Wincanton, all at 1.05.
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