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Mens Over 55 stage One report

November 6, 2012 No Comments »

Mens O55 – Division 1

 A strong team enhanced by the arrival of Ronnie Freeman to the squad travelled to Manchester for the 1st stage matches against Derbyshire and Lancashire at the Fairways Lodge Hotel 20th October.

With the late withdrawal of Lincolnshire, our task of achieving promotion and finishing in the top 2 was made a lot easier. The draw was also very kind to us as Lancashire played Derbyshire in the early match which resulted in a 4-1 win for Lancs and more important, drained some of the energy from the Derby legs!

Squad – Ronnie Freeman, Derek Collins, John Thompson, Steve Blake, Colin McNestrie and Alan Coates

I travelled with the squad to ensure someone could referee and only play in a real emergency.

Playing our top 5 in the 1st match and ignoring calls for a Ferguson style rotation policy, we raced out of the blocks and secured a comfortable 5-0 victory (20-4). Needing only 3 points from the 2nd match, we pushed Lancashire the full distance and only just lost 3-2 (14-8). So promotion and a long trip guaranteed for the 2nd Half!

Northumbria v Derbyshire

Ronnie v Neil Nightingale 3-0 (9-5, 9-1, 9-4)

Derek v Rob Lathbury 3-1 (10-9, 8-10, 9-1, 9-5)

John v John Pearson 3-1 (9-6, 9-4, 2-9, 9-0)

Steve v Tony Robinson 3-1 (9-0, 2-9, 9-7, 9-2)

Colin v Phil Howe 3-1 (8-10, 10-8, 9-5,9-6)

Northumbria v Lancashire

Ronnie v Doug Smith 3-0 (9-2, 9-2, 9-0)

Derek v Alan Connor 1-3 (9-1, 7-9, 1-9, 4-9)

John v Rob Houldsworth 3-0 (9-3, 9-6, 9-3)

Steve v Geoff Wilcox 1-3 (9-7, 7-9, 5-9, 7-9)

Alan v Gary Biggins 0-3 (8-10, 4-9, 0-9)

Final Positions

1)     Lancashire31 points

2)     Northumbria28 points

3)      Derbyshire 12 points

4)     Lincolnshire- withdrew

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