BOWDON WIN THE SECRETARY’S SHIELD
12th OCTOBER 2014
Bowdon 5 Oxford University 2 (at Nottingham)
Bowdon selected 2 minus players based on the team that Oxford put out in the last round…….but their -1 player had now graduated and left university so, for a while we wondered if we had done the right thing! Unfortunately for Oxford their fourth player phoned in sick and they couldn’t get a replacement in time to play.
Ken Cooper (-1) and Alan Mayne (-1) lost to Ian Plummer (-0.5) and Jordan Waters (9) -26
Graham Good (10) beat Mark van Loon (10) +15
Adam Swinton w/o
Ken Cooper beat Ian Plummer +12
Alan Mayne lost to Jordan Waters -14
Adam Swinton beat Mark van Loon +4
Graham Good w/o
FROM THE CA WEBSITE:
Bowdon beat Oxford University to win the Secretary’s Shield 5-2 by Dr Ian Vincent at Nottingham
Bowdon played Oxford University in the final of the Secretary’s Shield on a bright sunny day at Nottingham. Bowdon conceeded bisques, having two -1s in their side, but started 2-0 up, as one of the Oxford players had fallen ill the previous day and was unable to travel.
Oxford won the doubles in 50 minutes, so the top singles started before lunch. Jordan beat Alan +14 to level the match, but Graham beat Mark to give Bowdon a 3-2 lead at lunch.
Shortly after the repast, Ken beat Ian to decide the match, leaving Adam and Mark still in play, in a game that provided plenty of spectator interest. Adam took his first ball, Black, to peg, potentially earning a CA Silver Award, but Mark then got Red round and pegged Black out, leaving Yellow for 5 and Blue for 2. Mark made more progress in the end-game, getting to 4-Back before taking a rather adventurous line of play which let Adam in. Adam played a 3-ball break with the pioneers well inside the rectangle formed by the corner hoops, but eventually missed the return roquet after 4-Back. Mark ran 4-Back himself, but left Adam too many shots while attempting to get position for penult. Adam hit and finished, to claim his award and give Bowdon the satisfaction of wining the majority of the games played.