The Club Championship pairs was a closely fought affair with only 4 Match Points separating the first three places. Judy Mitchell and James Vickers were third on 128 MPs; and Marcus Eassom and Lawrence Haynes were only 1 point behind winners Roger Picton and Mike McCartney on 132 MPs.
Congratulations to Lawrence Haynes & Keith Shuttleworth who were the overall winners of the pairs competition in the Edgar Foster Cups on Sunday 18th September. With Celia Day & David Clarke (Wolverhampton) coming second and the third pair in the team, Marion Jordan & Kevin Sullivan (Newcastle) coming 9th, the team event was easily won by the Staffs and Shrops side, who retained their 2015 title. This is an event where teams of 8 are entered from Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Hereford, Staffs & Shrops, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Staffs & Shrops players are chosen from those who have been successful in SSCBA events, Lawrence and Keith having won the County Championship in April. Well done again.
Congratulations to Lawrence Haynes and Keith Shuttleworth on winning the Staffordshire and Shropshire County Championship Pairs, which took place on Sunday 24 April and replaced the Bearn Final. They beat a strong field by over 20MPs and, with an overall score of 61%, qualified for this year's Corwen Trophy, although unfortunately they are unavailable for that event. Well done Lawrence and Keith.
In the Shropshire Congress, which was held over the weekend 16/17 April 2016, Mike Amos, playing with Peter Foster, went into the final round dead level with the eventual winners, but lost the match, and the competition, by only 2 VPs, to finish in joint second place overall. Congratulations to Mike on a fine performance.
Team Shuttleworth (Keith Shuttleworth, Monica Scott, Ian Storm and David Small) completed a grand slam of victories in the Shropshire Teams of Four. They topped the final league table with a magnificent 81 out of 100 VPs for the season as a whole.
Congratulations to Brian Nicholls and Keith Shuttleworth for a fine performance in topping the Shrewsbury Swiss Pairs on Saturday 5 March 2016 - a convincing win in a field of 18 pairs. Pam Cooper and Yvonne Mancey, who had not played together before, came a creditable 4th, having tied with Brian and Keith in the second round.
At the Chester Congress on Saturday 30 January, Keith Shuttleworth and Seb Jones won the Championship Pairs event with a score of 63.5%, which was a full 27 Match Points ahead of the second placed pair in a very competitive event. This followed a first place in the qualifying stage, with another score of around 63.5%. Congratulations to Keith and Seb for this magnificent performance.
At the Midland Counties Congress in Solihull on 9 January Lawrence Haynes, and his partner Marcus Eassom, came third overall in the Swiss Pairs - out of 96 strong pairs. They also won the Cooke Porter Cup – Stratification B. Congratulations to Lawrence and Marcus for a fine performance.