O65 Inter-County Stage 1

O65 Inter-County Stage 1 held at the Village Hotel Bury on 4th March.

Teams involved: Lancashire (host) Cumbria, Merseyside & Northumbria.

Northumbria’s order: 1. Andrew Wilkinson (Hexham) 2. Adrian Alderton (Hexham) 3. Tony Penson (Consett) 4. Alan Coates (Eldon)

Match 1 v Lancashire
Andrew was 1st up against Allen Barwise, Andrew knew he was in for a hard game & so it proved Allen ran out the winner in 3 straight games (11/6 11/5 11/3).

Adrian was next and it took him a while to get into his stride coming back from 2-1 down before taking the last 2 games quite easily (8/11 11/6 11/9 3/11 4/11).

3rd game W/O to Tony

Result: Northumbria won 2-1.

Match 2 v Cumbria
Andrew was up against Terry Belshaw, the 1st game could have gone either way, Andrew just taking it 12-10 The next one was easy for Andrew 11-3 but Terry came back strong in the 3rd sneaking it 11-9. In the 4th Andrew got back in front early & came out the winner 11-7 (12/10 11/3 9/11 11/7).

Adrian was playing Collis Sheik. Adrian played solid from the start & raced to a 3-0 win, only the 1st being close (12/10 11/6 11/5).

Tony was next on playing Rob Gaskin. Tony played a solid game beating Rob 3-0 (11/9 11/5 11/5).

Result: Northumbria won 3-0.

Match 3 v Merseyside
Adrian was playing no 1 in this game against Pete Sharples. An easy 3-0 win for Adrian, I think Pete had his mind on getting his flight back to the Isle of Man (11/2 11/4 11/7).

Tony played Les Sharples who was also from the Isle of Man. Again Tony had no problems dispatching Les in 3 (11/3 11/8 11/4).

3rd game W/O to Alan.

Result: Northumbria won 3-0.

The final group standings were as follows:

Northumbria: 33 points
Lancashire: 29 points
Cumbria: 13 points
Merseyside: 2 points

This sees us progress to the inter-county finals later in the year!

Well played by all. Great weekend

Full results.

Alan Coates (Capt)

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