SENIOR BEARS LOSE OUT TO FOXES
Our rearranged match against Leicestershire saw the County travel a short distance to play near neighbours Leicestershire in this friendly match played at Ullesthorpe Court. With heavy overnight rain the condition of the course was understandably wet underfoot but the course stood up remarkably well and was presented admirably by the green's staff. The fixture had originally been abandoned back in May and my thanks go to the Leicestershire & Rutland Golf Union for allowing the rematch to take place. Both teams were somewhat changed from the original fixture but as in all Seniors matches the will to win remains the same.
The morning greensomes matches saw the fixture relatively poised with the home side ahead by three and a half points to two and a half. However the first three matches in the afternoon all went to the home side, albeit narrowly, which saw them safely home. Despite Warwickshire's wins in matches four and five, our East Midlands opponents sealed a comfortable win by taking the last match 3 and 2. The Leicestershire Captain reminded me over dinner that this was his county's first success against Warwickshire for four years. In all of those matches, just like today, his team had been ahead at lunchtime, but whereas previously they had been unable to prevent a Warwickshire fightback during the afternoon, today they were able to win the afternoon series of matches and complete the win.
The matches were played in an excellent spirit as always with some lively banter between the two sides over the dining table and my thanks to the Leicestershire Captain Roger Corp and his team for their well wishes ahead of our excursion to Northumberland for the County Finals next weekend. With our next match in a little under 24 hours against the Warwickshire Lady Veterans at Olton, we will then travel to Stratford next Tuesday for a possible league title success against Derbyshire. A win will secure a top two finish in the West Midlands league, but a significantly large win, will see us just pip Worcestershire for the league crown.
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