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Gloucestershire (away) 11/05/2014
Report by John Auld

The new season started with a trek to Cheltenham to face an always strong Gloucestershire team. In the long history of county matches I am sure that this fixture represents the highest ratio of miles travelled to VPs earned. On this occasion the VP total was 10- all scored in the Dawes match- which is a sad return on about 200 miles per car.

The teams:

Dawes: John and Irene Auld; Lloyd Eagling and Keith Rodgers; John Rolph and Gerry Franklin; Frank Ball and Gordon Fullerton
Porter: Fay Staton and Diane Abbot; Bernard Scanlon and Tim Anderson; Nick Clark and Phil Dale; Daniel Crook and Simon Spencer
Markham: Mike and Daphne Coggles; Chris and Dorothy Close; Graham Brindley and Clare Batten; Shiona Dawson and Jackie Parsons

Board 13 did not help our total:
Pat Shields opened 1S and I preempted in clubs. Now over 3H he went quietly with 3S not liking his doubletons and then passed his partner's curious choice of 3NT. When partner led her club I saw that declarer had 7 spades and a club trick so our only hope I thought was the diamond suit. To make things easy I led K of diamonds which did not inconvenience declarer. "Ah "said Pat " that solves the entry problem if he is void in spades". When that proved to be the case I had a very bad moment but luckily 3NT is always cold. 
Elsewhere North felt compelled to jump in spades or open at the four level which proved unsuccessful with heart and club ruffs. 

The most creative sequence of the day came on the last board number 32:
West made a virtuous pass-unlike most players-and Gordon Fullerton and Frank Ball had the auction to themselves. Frank made a splinter response of 4H which evidently was unclear so Gordon applied the Fullerton Transfer with 6H meaning pass if you have hearts or bid 6S if you don't. Affronted ,West doubled which his partner interpreted as Lightner so led a club looking for a ruff. +1210 for Notts.

This match was the first in which cross imping was employed meaning that all hands were scored twice by every pair. The point of this is beyond me but the effect was to add about 20 minutes to the match. In the case of board 32 it meant twice as much lamentation from the Gloucestershire Easr West and twice as much chortling from Frank and Gordon.

Astonishingly the Dawes match was eventually agreed as exactly zero before we returned to the M5 clutching our precious 10 VPs.