Report by John Auld
I have spent a few days searching for a description of this defeat to Warwickshire and settled on the inadequate "comprehensive".
The teams (with Butler imps):
Frank Ball & Graham Lee -16
Steve Raine & Ankush Khandelwal 9
Lloyd Eagling & Gordon Fullerton -51
Bill Whalley & Pravin Tailor -81
John & Irene Auld 26
John Rolph & Gerry Franklin -18
Mike & Daphne Coggles -74
Will Irving & Janet Jacques -28
Dorothy & Chris Close -14
Wendy Walker & Dianne Abbott -103
Michael Bleaney & Tony Stephenson 41
Graham Brindley & Clare Batten 17
The Dawes team progressed at a steady pace to 0-20; the Porter ran up -200 cross imps at record speed before a mini recovery saved a solitary Victory Point; and the Markham were only modestly unsuccessful in losing 3-17. By the final set the Warwickshire team had the look of bridge players contemplating the journey home.
Naturally there were several bad scores but with a few exceptions notably by Michael & Tony in the Markham. This was no fluke-see Michael's play reported below.
Board 3 was an early and very interesting loss at our table: