Church Stretton, making their first appearance in the Secretary's Shield, travelled to Ashby on a gloriously sunny day to play this match. The lawn conditions were unusual, with brown but slowish lawns and very firm hoops in the hard dry ground. Will Gee & Arthur Rowe made short work of the doubles in the morning, and the singles games were shared with wins for Ashby's Adam Wheatley and Church Stretton's John Wilkins on time.
In the afternoon, Will was again the only player to finish, with the other games going to time. John Knowles played some nice croquet against Arthur to secure a second win for Church Stretton, but Adam Wheatley got the 4th win for Ashby. George James beat Richard Sanville making it 4-3 to Ashby.
(Ashby names first)
Will Gee (-1) & Arthur Rowe (3) beat Brian Christmas (3) and John Knowles (9) +19
Richard Sanville (8) lost to John Wilkins (12) -1T
Adam Wheatley (18) beat George James (11) +7T
Will Gee beat Brian Christmas +16
Arthur Rowe lost to John Knowles -8T
Richard Sanville lost to George James -9T
Adam Wheatley beat John Wilkins +9T