Colchester beat Surbiton 4 - 2 in the Mary Rose at Colchester in a hard-fought match, winning very much against the odds (at least as far as handicaps go).
The morning games went one-all, the singles game between Peter Allnutt and Graham Brightwell being pegged down to enable us all to have lunch. In the afternoon, the first two games to finish went to Colchester. David Mooney, playing below the handicap limit under the seven-day rule, fought back hard against Martin Leach, pegging him out and then getting his second ball round whilst Martin was only able to get from 4-back to Rover. Meanwhile, on the other lawn Peter Allnutt had established a good lead but seemed to be doing his best to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, but then managed to hit in and finish just as his opponent had reached the peg with both balls. Perhaps he had suddenly realised that if he didn't win we would have to resurrect the pegged-down game (in which he was well behind)!
Martin Leach (2) & Colin Hemming (2.5)lost to David Mooney (0.5) & Mary Knapp (1) -7
Jim Potter (3) beat Chris Osmond (4.5) +17 Peter Allnutt (5) vs Graham Brightwell (2) unfinished
Martin Leach lost to David Mooney -2
Colin Hemming beat Mary Knapp +15
Jim Potter beat Graham Brightwell +7
Peter Allnutt beat Chris Osmond +2