This annual match originated in 2003 as the League celebrated its 50th year with a match between the clubs situated on the coast (Exmouth, Sidmouth and Seaton) and those sited inland (Tiverton and the various clubs in Exeter).
After a gap of one year, it was decided to make this Coast vs Country formula an annual event, at the Manor Hotel on Exmouth’s Beacon.
This year Ken Derrick took over as Coast team Captain, with Brian Aldwin assembling the Country team, aiming at 20 players each. In the event, 2 players failed to show and after a little judicious shuffling of players it settled down as a 19-a-side match. On paper the teams were closely matched from top to bottom.
Play was preceded by the prizegiving, with Brian Aldwin doing the honours.
Once play got under way, it wasn’t long before the first results came in and there was never more than a point between the two teams. Eventually, with the top two games reaching a climax, the teams were tied at 8.5 each. On Bd. 2, Mark Abbott won his game to put the Coast team in an unbeatable position, but Derrick and Waters were involved in a breathless time scramble and the clock could have decided matters. Derrick, however, managed to make about 30 moves almost instantaneously and snaffling some vital pawns in the process. With seconds left on both clocks, a dead drawn position was reached, the draw making the score 10 – 9 in the Coast’s favour.
|1||K. Derrick||184||Sid||½||½||S. Waters||170||Exe|
|2||M. V. Abbott||174||Exm||1||0||D. Regis||165||Exe|
|3||J. Underwood||165||Sea||½||½||T. Paulden||160||Exe|
|4||B. G. Gosling||159||Sid||1||0||S. Pope||156||Exe|
|5||D. A. Toms||156||Sid||0||1||I. S. Annetts||156||Tiv|
|6||D. R. Rogers||149||Exm||½||½||K. Atkins||145||Tiv|
|7||R. H. Jones||140||Exm||1||0||C. Southall||145||Exe|
|8||A. Dowse||130||Sea||0||1||C. Keen||135||Exe|
|9||R. Warburton||125||Sid||0||1||J. Waley||124||Exe|
|10||T. Badlan||122||Sid||½||½||J. Maloney||121||Exe|
|11||M. Belt||119||Exm||1||0||J. Knowles||121||Tiv|
|12||P. Hills||117||Sid||0||1||R. Scholes||115||Exe|
|13||R. Curtis||105||Sea||1||0||G. J. Jenkins||103||Exe|
|14||L. Herzberg||104||Sid||0||1||B. Aldwin||100||Tiv|
|15||P. Leask||103||Sid||0||1||E. A. Maynard||99||Tiv|
|16||L. Porter||88||Sea||1||0||A. Brinkley||96||Tiv|
|17||R. Cubbon||70||Sid||0||1||W. Marjoram||100||Exe|
|18||B. Marsh||Ug||Sid||1||0||J. Royle||Ug||Exe|
|19||D. Arany-Bibby||50||Sid||1||0||J. Rayson||47|