One of the two first round matches of this year's Secretary's Shield was between Chester and Oxford Uni, which was played on the neutral territory of Nottingham CC on Saturday 10th June.
The members playing for each club were:
CHESTER Full Hcp.
John Dawson 4
David Boyd 7
Robin Tasker 9
Brian Walton 18
OXFORD UNI. Full Hcp.
Ian Plummer -1/2
Sophie McGlen 11
Mo Karaminjadrandjbar 20
Jasper Theodor Kauth 24 playing off 20
The morning session saw the two lower handicappers from each club playing the doubles with the higher handicappers playing singles and by lunchtime Oxford had taken a lead of 2 games to 1, Chester having pegged out to win only the doubles.
The afternoon session was off to a storming start, when John Dawson, no doubt inspired by his recent appearance at the 'Inter Counties', pegged out in forty minutes to win his game with Ian Plummer, (fortunately the murmurings about performance enhancing substances soon subsided) and now with the score at all square there was still everything to play for.
The remaining three singles were much more 'pedestrian' with two of them lasting until 'timed-out'. Two of these remaining games were won by Chester and one by Oxford giving a final result as a win for Chester by 4 games to 3.
SCORE SHEET RESULTS
John Dawson & David Boyd beat Ian Plummer & Sophie McGlen +6 (P) Chester
Jasper T Kauth beat Robin Tasker +5 (T) Oxford
Mo Karaminjadrandjbar beat Brian Walton +1 (T) Oxford
John Dawson beat Ian Plummer +26 (P) Chester
David Boyd beat Sophie McGlen +5 (T) Chester
Mo Karaminjadrandjbar beat Robin Tasker +10 (P) Oxford
Brian Walton beat Jasper T Kauth +1 (T) Chester