Report by John Auld
Captain Goddard had his problems finding a Dawes team for this match. Apart from the usual non availability two late withdrawals meant that eventually he formed a scratch pairing with Keith Rodgers to accompany three more usual partnerships.
To be fair to Staffs & Shrops they had their own problems with star players occupied by the Premier league (the bridge, not Liverpool v Man City).
The match results were a welcome win for the Dawes team (16-4), and two narrow losses in the Porter and Markham matches (9-11 & 8-12). The Porter players were down by 80 imps with one set to go but battled back to near parity.
The teams with cross-imps:
Sandy Fulton & John Rolph 29.28
Irene & John Auld 23.92
Lloyd Eagling & Stan Zydaglo 9.52
Mark Goddard & Keith Rodgers -5.05
Patrick Gaudert & Pravin Tailor 16.18
Graham Lee & Frank Ball 11.75
Keith Spencer & Richard Lightfoot -6.56
Shirley Ashtari & Richard Milne -31.91
Nick Clarke & Wendy Walker 18.40
Peter & Margaret Savage -2.07
Sue McIntosh & Phil Cooper -5.04
Louise Scull & Mervyn Jones -17.90
Which means that Sandy & John were the best pair on the day.
There was a curious disparity between the teams on board 16: