Despite miserable Bank Holiday weekend weather, which had the teams discussing the possibility of having to arrange a rematch, a resolution was reached on the day and Nottingham emerged 5-2 winners.
Only 10 minutes of play was possible in the morning before the lawns became waterlogged, just long enough for all the players to get thoroughly soaked. The 2 hour break that followed gave everyone time to dry out, enjoy the lunch provided by our hosts at Cheltenham, and for the fourth player on the Nottingham team to arrive having been delayed for several hours by a motorway closure. Play resumed at 1pm, with 3-hour time limits agreed.
Only the doubles went to time, though Cheltenham were well ahead and would probably have ended the game shortly after in any case. However, Nottingham won the two "morning" singles game to take a 2-1 lead at the halfway stage. In the second round of games Nottingham won the first two singles games to finish to take an unassailable lead, the final two games being shared between the teams.
(Nottingham names first):
Richard Huxley (1.5) and Lawrence Whittaker (2) lost to Peter Francis (1) and Paul Watson (1.5) -11T
Rob Edlin-White (3) beat Eileen Magee (3.5) +15
Martin Beacon (4) beat Klim Seabright (2.5) +6
Huxley beat Francis +8
Whittaker beat Watson +17
Edlin-White beat Seabright +23
Beacon lost to Magee -18