Exmouth’s first match of the new season was against Tiverton in the Newman Cup, a RapidPlay match in which two 1 hour games are played against the same opponent with colours reversed for the 2nd game. With a total grade limit of 599, Exmouth fielded a combination of their 2 strongest players and 2 untried but promising newcomers. Tiverton, on the other hand, fielded 4 players all about the same strength in spite of the differences in their rapidplay grades.
Exmouth’s experiment back-fired big style, as 3 of the 4 players failed to register anything, and only John Stephens’ 2 wins preserved a fig-leaf of credibility.
|1||I. S. Annetts||151||0||0||1||1||J. K. Stephens||181|
|2||J. Morrison||147||1||1||0||0||M. V. Abbott||178|
|3||K. Atkins||134||1||1||0||0||J. Dzenis||120e|
|4||J. Duckham||121||1||1||0||0||O. E. Wensley||120e|
Picture below shows Bd. 4 nearest the camera.