Today, 25th April, Pendle and Craven hosted Ripon Spa in the first round of the Murphy Shield. The day was forecast to be cold, wet and windy. However the teams were able to play in relative good conditions of only some light rain which did have the effect of slowing up the fast lawns. After such warm conditions of the Easter holiday most found it a little chilly at times.
In the morning the doubles were won by Pendle but not until the first two games went to 7/6 each side. The singles were one apiece therefore Pendle went into lunch with a 2/1 lead.
The afternoons play was played in occasional bright sunshine and threatening heavy rain clouds which had players rushing for waterproofs. After one short spell of rain those that had bothered to put on waterproofs were taking them off due to being too hot.
Afternoon tea was served at the end of play . Pendle won 6 games to 1.