GC Murphy Inter-Club Shield final East Dorset v Camerton & Peasdown played at Budleigh Salterton on Thursday September 12 2019.
East Dorset beat Camerton & Peasedown 4-3.
Teams and handicaps :
East Dorset : Keith Southern (2), Sandra Allan (3), Mark Hamann (3), Tony Green (4).
Camerton & Peasdown : Brian Wilson (3), Ros Key-Pugh (3), Mo boys (3), Patrick Knight (4).
Scores (East Dorset names first) :
Keith and Sandra lost to Brian and Ros 5-7, 4-7
Mark beat Patrick 3-7, 7-2, 7-4
Tony beat Mo 6-7, 7-1, 7-2
Keith beat Brian 7-4, 5-7, 7-6
Sandra lost to Ros 3-7, 7-4, 5-7
Mark beat Mo 5-7, 7-4, 7-3
Tony lost to Patrick 5-7, 3-7
The 2019 final was contested by two clubs from the South West Federation on the excellent lawns at Budleigh Salterton. With virtually nothing between the aggregate ranking scores of the two teams a close match was anticipated and that was indeed the case with East Dorset eventually winning in a dramatic finish. In the morning games East Dorset won both singles (though dropping the first game of each rubber) but lost the doubles, thereby establishing a 2-1 lead at the lunch break. In the afternoon the bottom two singles were shared making the score 3-2 so attention turned to the top two singles both of which went deep into third games. After a long tussle at hoop 12 Ros prevailed over Sandra so the destiny of the trophy hinged on the top singles which had reached hoop 13. Keith played Blue into a 2 yard running position and then put Black between Brian's Red and the hoop. With Yellow Brian played an excellent 25 yard clearance on Blue, Keith missed the angled hoop attempt with Blue, and then with Red Brian cleared Black - through the hoop!