Letchworth prevailed 6-1 in their first-round all-Hertfordshire tie
The day started well for the hosts, with Nick Mounfield and John Noble
winning their doubles match in two games, and John Skingsley also winning
his singles match in two games. The third match of the morning was a much
more protracted affair, with Letchworth's David Tutt eventually winning
through against the tenacious John Smallbone in three games. All of which
gave Letchworth a 3-0 lead going into the afternoon session.
Sadly for the visitors, the afternoon session also started well for the
hosts. John Noble and David Tutt both winning in two games. 5-0
Letchworth. With the tie in the bag all eyes turned to the remaining two
matches, which by this point were both level at one game each. Nick
Mounfield won his decider against Nick Archer thanks to a series of
spectacular hoop runs (H7 from the boundary near corner 2, H8 from about
peg high, and the deciding H11 from the centre of the north boundary). The
final match to finish saw John Smallbone secure a point for Watford.
Unfortunately a case of too little, too late for the visitors.
Final score, 6-1 to Letchworth, who now face the winners of Surbiton and
Detailed results are available on the GC Ranking System.