Margaret Moss & Jack Good represented Bowdon at the Northern heat of the All-England qualifiers on Saturday 3rd. August. Played at Ashby, where the lawns were, at best, indifferent and both our players took some time to adjust.
Handicaps ranged from 14 to 5 and with Jack playing off his new 5 he gave away 9 bisques to local player Janet in his 1st game – eventually winning 7-6 on the golden hoop. With a slight change to his normal tactics things became a little easier in the next 4 games and despite giving away bisques in all of them he won them all comfortably.
With qualification almost guaranteed, Jack managed to contrive to lose to Michael (7) and gave the manager kittens when he realised there could be a 3 way tie. The (extremely complicated) All England rules were studied in depth – a complete waste of time when Michael then lost to the rank outsider and Jack cruised to a 7-2 victory against Phillip (5) the pre-event favourite.
Jack qualified as the winner and Michael was declared 2nd on ‘who beat who’. Philip was an unlucky 3rd, whilst Margaret was a solid 4th with a 4/7 record.
The winner of the event will be entitled to play in the national final at Camerton & Peasedown CC over the weekend of 14-15 September.