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Hampshire v Devon’s Re-Scheduled Match (14.04.2013.)

Originally scheduled for January, the Hants vs Devon match was postponed due to snow; not so much Devon’s problem, but a number of the Hants players could not only not get to the Wincanton venue, some couldn’t even get home from work on the Friday evening. Whatever date was chosen, re-scheduling would almost inevitably mean bumping into other planned events. In this case, Devon had the Teignmouth RapidPlay the prevous day, while there were other distractions for the Hants players.

The Devon captain managed to hang on to most of his players, but the Hants team was much below what would been expected on the original date. Not only in strength, but numbers too, as Hampshire could only raise 7 players for what was planned as a 12 board match, thus defaulting 5 boards. Nevertheless, in spite of the comfortable-looking scoreline,  many of the Hampshire players put up a brave fight, and seven 1st team Devonians failed to find a win against opponents c. 20 grading points lower.

The details were:

Bd. Hampshire Grd     Devon  Grd
  1 D. Tunks 207 ½ ½ K. W. Derrick 207
  2 O. Gill 196 0 1 A. Boyne 195
  3 D. Fowler 174 ½ ½ J. K. F. Stephens 192
  4 C. J. V. Bellers 167 ½ ½ J. F. Wheeler 186
  5 S. Knox 163 0 1 D. Regis 179
  6 S. J. Smith 161 ½ ½ P. Medina 175
  7 A. Manning 158 0 1 A. J. Billings 171
  8 T. Davis 156 1 0 J. Leung 169
  9 G. Jones 155 ½ ½ J. Underwood 177
10 R. Ashmore 150 0 1 B. W. R. Hewson 174
11 D. Thompson 147 ½ ½ M. V. Abbott 167
12 Ms G. Moore 141 ½ ½ O. E. Wensley 172
13 S. Le-Fevre 141 ½ ½ A. S. Kinder 162
14 T. Chapman 141 0 1 M. Shaw 166
15 B. Kocan 140 0 1 T. F. Thynne 158
16 D. Culliford 135 ½ ½ B. G. E. Gosling 164
      10½    
             
  Hampshire II       Devon II  
  1 C. Priest 132 0 1 W. H. Ingham 158
  2 A. Syed 132 0 1 P. Brooks 157
  3 K. Steele 130 1 0 D. A. Toms 159
  4 J. Young 130 ½ ½ J. Fraser 153
  5 J. Barnett 119 0 1 M. Stinton-B 159
  6 S. Murphy 106 0 1 J. Duckham 153
  7 K. Lamb   91 0 1 I. S. Annetts 152
  8 def   0 1 A. Frangleton 157
  9 def   0 1 D. R. Cowley 159
10 def   0 1 C. E. Keen 155
11 def   0 1 J. E. Allen 149
12 def   0 1 R. G. Wilby 145
      1½  10½     

 

General view at St. Alfred's School, Wincanton.

 

General view of play.

 

4 games follow - all drawn. Ken Derrick vs Dominic Tunks.

 

Bd. 3: Fowler vs Stephens.

 

Former British Ladies Champion, Gillian Moore, earned a draw against Oliver Wensley.

 

Chris Bellers (W) vs John Wheeler.

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