O'Donnell wins Wiltshire Cup at Hamptworth 17/18 July
The Wiltshire Open took place on the hottest weekend of the year 17/18 July, with a full complement of 16 players facing Hamptworth's somewhat unforgiving hoops to win the Wiltshire Cup. The players' handicaps ranged from -3 to 2. The Manager divided the players into two blocks of eight with the top four from each block going forward to compete for the Wiltshire Cup. In the blue block, Hamptworth's Tim O'Donnell (-3) had won all seven of his games in the blocks, and Hamptworth's Aston Wade (-3) dropped only one game (6-7) - to Tim O'Donnell in the final game of the first day. In the red block, Nick Archer (Watford) achieved all seven wins and Lionel Tibble (Northampton) five.
The format for day two quarters, semis and final were best of three 13 point games The outcome of the quarter finals resulted in the lower handicap player overcoming their higher handicap opponent, except that Colin Britt 0 (Camerton and Peasdown) beat Lionel Tibble -3 (Northampton) 7-3 6-7;
7-5. In the semi finals O'Donnell beat Britt (7-1 7-3) and Wade beat Archer 7-6 4-7 7-3 leaving club mates Wade and O'Donnell to meet in the final. O'Donnell set off like a train beating Wade 7-2. In the second game O'Donnell tried the same tactic, but Wade came back at him only losing at the 13th hoop with Wade narrowly missing a very long clearance, leaving O'Donnell the victor. Archer took third place with Britt taking fourth. Paul Gunn (Wingrave) won the plate.