Report by John Auld
Our first match of the 2017-18 season was at home to Oxfordshire.
The teams with Butler imps:
Mark Goddard & David Hodge 56
Steve Raine & Ankusch Khandelwal -4
Irene & John Auld 6
Lloyd Eagling & Keith Rodgers -37
Pravin Tailor & Bill Whalley -52
Robin Fisher & Geoff Topol -18
Toni Smith & Maciej Lehman -65
Tim Anderson & Shirley Ashtari - 42
Dorothy & Chris Close -8
Mike Bleaney & Tony Stevenson -15
Nick Clarke & Wendy Walker -9
Will Irving & Janet Jacques -7
Not much doubt about the best pair. David Hodge & Mark Goddard were 50 Butler imps ahead of the Aulds the only other pair to be positive. The Porter team had a collective bad day at the office losing 20-0 and the Markham managed a 15-5 loss.
Despite their overall superiority Oxfordshire lost the Dawes match 8-12. Notts ran up a big first set and managed to hang on to win despite losing sets 2, 3 and 4.
Board 5 yielded a few imps: