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3 Counties Match Report - Home match vs Wheathill 13.04.19

Our first league match of 2019 was at home to Wheathill and went really well.

My first match as captain started by presenting  a bouquet of flowers and thank you card to Gill Edwards for all the hard work and commitment to Long Sutton Three Counties League over a period of 9years!!!! Think she should have had a medal!!.


Brunch was enjoyed by all before our match. Big thanks to Chef Andy and his team in the kitchen and also to Leah for topping up our tea and checking in on us - all of which was probably a pain as everyone was busy preparing for a wedding in the afternoon.


We were lucky with the weather - the sun shone on us all day and I must say the course is looking great after the winter months.


Two big changes to note for this year.


The “reserves”( Joe Harring Trophy) : In the past, named players were chosen for this trophy beforehand which sometimes made you feel you were not part of the main team. This year names are drawn by the away captain before the match and kept secret until the results are given out. It appeared to work for us with everyone asking after the match, “ who were the players in this trophy?”. Secondly all six games now count towards the final score.


Term results.

Angela and Dave won 3/2, Brian and Nigel unfortunately lost, Ann and Guy won 5/4, Sandra and Gill won 3/2, Steve and Becky won 5/4,

Caroline and Tim  (Joy Harring Trophy) won 3/2.

Total points Long Sutton 17- Wheathill 4


I was very proud of our team abd received an email on the Sunday after the match from the Wheathill captain which read  “ great day yesterday regards the fact our team came second. You and your team made us very welcome and I sincerely hope when you visit us I can make you and your team as welcome”.


Next match April 27th home to Folke.


If you would like to play in the three counties, please let me know or add your name to the list in the corridor.


Angela B

Created: 23-Apr-19 15:21

3 Counties Freeman Trophy (2018) held at Cricket St. Thomas 6.4.19

It finally happened!  Only six months late. The Freeman Trophy Day is the 3 Counties End of Season Celebration…all the season’s trophies are presented, the now 12 teams play for the John Freeman Trophy and the individual prizes associated with that. 

Unfortunately, last October at Cricket St. Thomas the heavens opened and at 7.30 as the day started to roll out, despite their best efforts, greenkeepers and management had to close the course, so this Saturday was a re-enactment, but with a difference…the day was dry, hardly any wind and with enough light for all the teams to make it round and still be able to track their ball!

The winners of the Trophy on the day were Bulbury Woods with 306 points, second Yeovil with 303 and third Long Sutton with 301…really well contested. Ten teams played this time. We were the proud recipients of the League Division One Winners Shield and Caroline Hunter won Best Lady Overall and our Best in Team. We nearly won the Joe Harring Trophy as well, (Runners Up Div. 1).  We had it presented to us…but by mistake!  We were second.  We had to hand it over to the rightful winners…Cricket St. Thomas.

There was a moment of sadness as we recalled last year’s Freemans Trophy when Steve Henstridge, ‘Skinny’ of Folke and Maxine from Wincanton swapped outfits. She wore his suit and he squeezed into her tight dress and high heels for charity.  Unfortunately, Skinny passed away this summer.  In the past Mike Barker of Folke  had awarded a cup for the Overall Best Score on the day and he said Folke would now like it to be named the Steve Henstridge Skinny Cup in his memory. 

The day was rounded off with a delicious 2 course carvery in the marquee.

It was a really good end to the season and to my tenure as Captain of the Three Counties League.  Graham prompted our joining the League in 2011 when Halstock left and asked me to be Captain.  I was surprised to be asked and quite apprehensive, not knowing what it would entail.  I soon found out the 3 Counties is something else!  But I have thoroughly enjoyed it and had masses of fun.  The League as a whole is quite relaxed and fun and I have laughed so much.  Graham wanted it to be an opportunity for men, women and juniors to all play together and to draw more people in to matchplay.  I think we have achieved that.  Gleaned from the records, some of those who have played and in no particular order have been…Margaret and George Bennett, Kath Rushton, Caroline Lumley-Frank, Sarah and Steve Uzzell, Sam Clarke, Cameron and Colin Barrett, David Edwards, Sean Bennett, Mark Healey, Sandra and Rob Ford, Paul Watts, Steve and Becky Cousins, Mike Scoble, Nigel Brighouse, Rupert Edwards, Henry Edwards, Leith Purdy, Luke Nutland, Jim McColl, Steve Stopforth, Sean Monaghan, Sandra Basford, Ray Edwards, Sonia and Stephen Banks, Dave and Angela Baker, Hilary and Malcolm Dennes, Julie and Ian Taylor, Bridget Caddy, Mary Marshall, Connie Stolworthy, Stacie Watts, Mandy and Malcolm Head, Sylvie and Rod, Norman, John Drummond, Eliza and Alex, Joce Dunevein, Jean Padfield, Hayden Gibson, Brian and Gwen, Hughie, Jim Lawrence, Pam Frith, Franco, John English, Mike Rees, Julian Odierno, Rich Bartin, Roger Stone, Jeff Price, Steve Southgate, Tyler Lennox-Gordon, George Ceely, Nick and Ruben Stacey, Chris Binding, Ann and Mike Mcrae, Alec Lyon, Phil Lock, Frank Pengelly, Graham Load,  Mark Lawlor, Dave Gibbs, James Todd, Kev Purdy, Pat and John Whitehead, Amie Stamp, Carol and John Searl, Carole and John Paterson, Frank Penny, Nick Dennis, Judith Fox, Vanessa Hayes, Luke and Adrian Nutland, Chris Gingell, John Jeanes, Richard Dore, John Evans, Jamie Brodie, Lesley and Martin Hawkins, Mike Poole, John Blackwell, Richard and Angela Body, John and Valerie Thomas, Christine Turner, Val Fraser, Richard Overson, Denise Tomblin, John Pearson, Ian Jackaman, Jon Elliot, Steve and Jo Cook, Will Bingham, Caroline Hunter, Roy Parmiter, Rachel and Robin Ewbank, Katharine and Mike Stringer, Tim Edwards, Alec Radwell and Bill (putting comp.), myself and of course GRAHAM, which I thinks makes 124 different players.  Wow!  Amazing.  Thank you everyone for all your support.  Wonderful memories.  I now hand the Captaincy over to Angela Baker to build her own memory bank and look forward to the fun-filled golf she will bring us.


Created: 11-Apr-19 09:53

3 Counties Match report - 9.9.18 at Cricket St Thomas

Nervous times…Long Sutton chasing Winners Div. 1 Cup.  Was there extra tension as we gathered?  Surely the greens will not be this fast out there?   We had 2 games in hand and were sitting on 97 points, behind the current leaders Folke, who had finished with 111 points.   Cricket St. Thomas felt a comfortable venue for us, being local, but our other last game, away at Sturminster Marshall was an unknown quantity.  We have never played there.  Could we do well enough at Cricket to ease the pressure at Sturminster?  First drives off the tee were not encouraging as balls clattered into the conifers to the left, some ‘ lucky’ enough to land on the other fairway, rather than trapped in the roots, others soared to the right, caught OB by the hedge or even sailing magnificently into the greenkeepers’ yard.  To be fair, come the end, the wayward shots were balanced pretty equally between  both home and away players, but those off first did not know that!  I was thinking, thank goodness we have ladies for this shot…the wind will not come into play as much.  Playing away meant we would have 4 points for an away win versus 3 to the home players, but home advantage...

Passing group 3 at a crossover point, we heard that Angela and Will were 5 up!  John and I were 2 up, so fingers crossed!  But…memories of an earlier game surfaced.  Tim and I had been 5 up at Long Sutton when we played Cricket at home, and then our opposing pair reinvented themselves on the 10th and we lost our match.  Cricket gained 14 points to our 4 that day.  Have to stay focussed  I told myself.  The greens were like glass and rock hard but John was unflappable: he had their measure and calmly rattled them in, while I kept struggling.  Thank you Tina for lending him to me, and on a Sunday, a family day.  We won 4 and 3 in the end and came in to find that astonishingly Long Sutton had cleared the board, winning all 5 games.  I was stunned.  What troopers!  This gave us 22 points…way more than the 15 needed. 

Thank you team, for playing and to some of you for making extra efforts so that we would have a team.  Angela was popping pills for her bad back, Ann had to ask to leave work early and Robin rearranged where he took Morning Service, arriving hotfoot in clerical garb.  Tim and Caroline won 1 up, Ann and Franco 3 and 2, Angela and Will 6 and 4, Steve and Becky 3 and 2 and John and myself  4 and 3.  We were then left waiting for Rachel and Robin in the Joe Harring Trophy match.  They appeared.  Rachel gave me their match fee and did not say anything.  Robin simply said  ‘Hello’ in his quiet voice, nothing more.  In the end, fearing the worst, I ventured…’How did it go?’  ‘Oh, we won,’  Rachel said, so casually.  Amazing. 

Now we can relax at Sturminster Marshall…as far as the Division goes, but pressure on whoever plays for the Trophy.  If we halve that match it is a tie with Folke and we may well  lose on countback....if we win away, 4 points would mean we win the Joe Harring Trophy as well…by 1 point!  PLAYERS NEEDED.  At the moment we only have 8 and need 12.  As a course, I hear Sturminster Marshall is 9 holes with not a lot of difference between the back and front tee positions.  It is not long…men only need a driver on perhaps 2 holes but it is very tight.  Who fancies the challenge?   Get in touch! 


Created: 12-Sep-18 11:13

3 Counties Results Table

Please click here for the link to the latest 3 Counties league table. 

Many thanks


Created: 24-Aug-18 16:32

3 Counties League ? Home v Folke 28.7.18

Well played team!  A win, 3 ½: 1 ½.  It was quite something playing in autumn/winter conditions after weeks of blazing sun.  The leaves were blowing everywhere and the rain was so heavy we had to shelter until it eased.  Sandra and Mike playing in the last pairing had the worst of it and did well to halve their match.  Thank you to them and thank you to everyone for their efforts…Roy and Caroline, Will and Angela, Tim, Steve and Becky and Rachel and Robin.  We have a lull now until September, when we play Sturminster Marshall Home 1st September and Away, 15th September, by which time things will be even tighter at the top of the board. 


Created: 31-Jul-18 16:14
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