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Surbiton beat Wrest Park 6-1

[<<] [>>] by Samir Patel at Wrest Park
4th September 2006 (AC - Inter-Club)

On paper this should have been a comfortable win for Surbiton, with their combined -6 handicap vs. Wrest Park's 0. However, despite the scoreline, the match was much closer. Surbiton struggled to cope with the early conditions (strong blustery wind) and despite a quick doubles win looked like going to lunch 2-1 down, before Patel produced two scrappy breaks to snatch a win after almost four hours play.

In the afternoon, Farthing claimed a quick win, but all three remaining games seemed to be heading to Wrest Park before Harral failed hoop 6 during a 3-ball ending and (R) Ashwell failed penult on an easy finishing turn to give Wilkins a similar reprieve.

Bryan Harral deserves a special mention, playing off +1.5 and holding his own against (on paper) much stronger opposition, he had good chances to take both games. Continued performance at that level will see his handicap down to scratch quite quickly.

Wrest Park (Home)

Ben Ashwell (-1)
Howard Bottomley (-1)
Rod Ashwell (+0.5)
Bryan Harral (+1.5)


Chris Farthing (-1.5)
Chris Patmore (-1.5)
Samir Patel (-1.5)
Tim Wilkins (-1.5)


(B) Ashwell & Bottomley lost to Farthing & Patmore -17
(R) Ashwell lost to Patel -6
Harral beat Wilkins +9

(B) Ashwell lost to Farthing -19
Bottomley lost to Patmore -6
Harral lost to Patel -7
(R) Ashwell lost to Wilkins -2


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