The picturesque village of Luppitt, tucked away in a steep-sided valley in the Blackdown Hills near Honiton, has become a regular venue in recent years for this annual WECU Division 2 match between neighbouring counties. The Village Hall there, with its clean spacious rooms, ample parking and rural quiet makes an idyllic setting.
Both Captains were hampered by the unavailability of team regulars, but Devon’s Brian Hewson had the greater reserve-pool to draw on and gave the Devon team a fresh look as almost half the team had not represented their county before at this level – the Devon Debutantes are asterisked below and scored 5½ of the 7 points available to them. Dorset were consequently outgraded on all 16 boards and a big win for Devon was not surprising, though several Dorset players fought well to get results from unpromising positions.
|1||C. V. Howard||158||½||½||M. Littleton||151|
|2||B. G. Gosling||156||½||½||W. Legg||151|
|3||S . Clarke *||155||½||½||P. Wilcock||149|
|4||O. J. Demerger *||157||1||0||C. E. Winch||146|
|5||J. V. Morrison||152||0||1||D. J. Cornes||144|
|6||P. J. Kennedy||151||½||½||P. Brackner||138|
|7||J. G. Gorodi||150||1||0||D. Aldwinckle||139|
|8||A. J. Billings *||148||1||0||T. Joyce||137|
|9||M. H. Stinton||149||½||½||W. J. Kelly||131|
|10||P. E. Halmkin||148||1||0||M. Rogan||131|
|11||J. Leung *||145||1||0||J. May||124|
|12||J. Munsey *||146||0||1||K. C. Spooner||116|
|13||K. R. Alexander *||146||1||0||J. M. George||116|
|14||R. H. Jones||138||½||½||J. E. Balem||115|
|15||F. Sugden *||127||1||0||M. Fielding||109|
|16||T. Tatam||127||1||0||N. Mackie||100|
The new faces may be spotted below…..