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Devon vs Hants – A Match of Two Halves (22.01.2011.)

Devon’s encounter with Hampshire on Saturday was truly a match of two halves in the sense that Devon I were beaten as soundly by Hants I as were Hants II beaten by Devon II.  Devon were not helped by having several players drop out at short notice and their Boards 1 – 8 were all outgraded and a 6-2 loss there was not a great shock in itself, but on Boards 9 – 16 the teams were much more closely matched, yet Devon lost that section by an even wider margin, 6.5 – 1.5. 

Meanwhile, it was a case of roles reversed in the 2nd team match. Former British Ladies Champion, Gillian Moore led the way for Hampshire, but a run of 9 consecutive losses lower down the order, helped by two defaults, helped Devon II to an equally comprehensive win. Here are the details of both sections:-

  Hants I Grd       Devon I Grd
1 I. D. Thompson 209   1     0 J. F. Wheeler 185
2 M. J. Yeo 195   1     0 J. K. Stephens 181
3 D. R. Tunks 191   1     0 S. J. Homer 180
4 B. C. Jenks 187   ½     ½ A. W. Brusey 175
5 A. McDougall 184   ½     ½ R. Thompson 173
6 W. McDougall 181   1     0 T. F. Thynne 177
7 O. Gill 177   0     1 J. Underwood 172
8 A. Ganesan 175   1     0 J. Duckham 165
9 D. W. Fowler 172   1     0 S. W. Schofield 166
10 F. N. McLeod 171   1     0 W. H. Ingham 164
11 C. J. Bellers 170   1     0 R. M. Pollock 164
12 S. J. Smith 158   ½     ½ P. Brooks 160
13 D. Thompson 157   1     0 C. V. Howard 158
14 T. Chapman 153   ½     ½ S. Clarke 155
15 B. A. Kocan 150   1     0 O. Demerger 157
16 P. Barker 145   ½     ½ P. J. Kennedy 151
      12½      
  Hants II         Devon II  
17 G. A. Moore 144   1     0 J. V. Morrison 152
18 K. Steele 138   1     0 J. G. Gorodi 150
19 D. Culliford 135   ½     ½ P. E. Halmkin 148
20 D. P. Priestly 132   0     1 M. H. Stinton-B 149
21 R. F. Smith 123   0     1 J. Leung 145
22 J. Barnett 118   0     1 K. Alexander 146
23 S. Murphy 118   0     1 J. Munsey 146
24 J. Davis 112   0     1 F. Sugden 127
25 A. J. Elborne 112   0     1 R. Wilby 131
26 Keven Lamb 102   0     1 O. E. Wensley 120
27         Def    -   0     1 J. Dzenis 120
28         Def    -   0     1 R. H. Jones 138
           

General view - Dr. Underwood awaits his opponent.

John Wheeler (Devon) plays I. D. Thompson.

Former Devonian Chris Bellers (r) plays new Devonian Richard Pollock.

Boards 2 - 5 in action.

Former British Ladies Champion, Gillian Moore, plays John Morrison.

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