The first round of the Mary Rose trophy was contested between Medway and Sussex County at Medway's grounds near Maidstone.
In the morning the doubles was a bit of a stop/start affair but eventually Medway's Robert Alexander and Paul Miles won by 10. David Tester of Medway wasted little time in disposing of John Gosney by 22. The third game was pegged down as it was taking too long and both teams were getting hungry!
After a light lunch the first game to finish was by a margin of 22, Robert Alexander beating Gene Mears. Not long afterwards Paul Miles was beaten by an in-form John Taylor. The other two games were an altogether different matter, with neither player seemingly wanting to win. Both games were full of errors from all players, but eventually John Gosney won by 15 from Rodney Parkins, which meant that if Medway lost the other game then the pegged down game would have to be re-started. After several exchanges David Tester managed to overhaul Brian Kitching, meaning Medway had won the match 4-2 with one unfinished game.
Medway listed first:
Robert Alexander & Paul Miles beat John Taylor & Gene Mears +10
David Tester beat John Gosney +22
Rodney Parkins vs Brian Kitching (unfinished)
Paul Miles lost to John Taylor -8
Robert Alexander beat Gene Mears +24
David Tester beat Brian Kitching +6
Rodney Parkins lost to John Gosney -15