Wrest Park beat Merton 6-1
Geoff Strutt & David Morris (27) beat Nick Furse & Colin Whiting (22) +14(T)
Steve Jones (10) beat Colin Percival (11) 13 +9
Elaine Newman (18) beat Peter Gunn (8) +21
Geoff Strutt (7) lost to Nick Furse (6) -9
Steve Jones (10) beat Peter Gunn (8) +11
Elaine Newman (18) beat Colin Percival (11) +19
David Morris (22) beat Colin Whiting (16) +3(T)
We had mixed weather with scattered showers in the morning, thinning out in the afternoon. 3.5 hour time limits were bad news but compulsory in the Longman! Some of us had lunch about 2pm which meant we were suffering from lack of sustenance.
Luckily this did not show in the outcome of the morning's play which was a clean sweep for Wrest Park [doubles and 2 singles]. Geoff helped David to 4-back while making a couple of hoops before starting his own progress. This proved effective as, luckily, Merton [Nick and Colin W] could not get going. Elaine used her bisques well to overcome Peter Gunn and Steve got the better of Colin P with a combination of 'hitting and splitting'.
In the afternoon, only Geoff failed to be a winner. He got black to rover before getting marooned on 6 and 1-back with blue. Meanwhile, Nick found his rhythm and went round with red. After threatening a peg out which had to be abandoned He managed to get Yellow round as well by taking opportunities presented by Geoff's mistakes. David ran out of bisques and was being caught by Colin W when time was called. Steve repeated his morning's success and was the first 2nd round game to finish. Elaine, with fewer bisques than in her first game, still managed to slaughter Colin P. I believe a handicap of 16 beckons!