Report by John Auld
Sunday 1st November was not a good day to be Oxfordshires captain. It began with a call from a stranded foursome whose car had broken down and progressed to a series of misfortunes at the table.
The teams with Butler imps:
William & Daniiel Crook 21
Mark Goddard & David Hodge 35
Irene & John Auld 18
Steve Raine & Frank Ball 59
Lloyd Eagling & Keith Rodgers 13
Gordon Fullerton & Graham Lee 26
Bill Whalley & Pravin Tailor -15
John Rolph & Gerry Franklin -1
Tim Anderson & Bernard Scanlon -21
Chris & Dorothy Close -70
This time there were many good performances
The Dawes team won 20-0 and yet again Steve and Frank were best. The Porter also won (12-8) with Graham and Gordon best. Thanks are due to the residual Markham team who ensured that the Oxfordshire players played a match. Equally thanks are due to the Notts pairs who withdrew to even up the numbers.
In the first set I enlivened proceedings on board 6 when my partner sensing a slam asked for key cards but found herself playing 4NT one off. However that was a rare mishap. On board 5 Steve Raine found a nice play to make 3NT: