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Inter County U-125 team 2008/9

Team Captain: John Day.

MCCU Inter-Counties Under-125 Championship

Staffordshire 7 - 9 Warwickshire
Match played 24 January 2009 at Brewood Cricket Club, Brewood.

Bd Grade Staffordshire Score Score Warwickshire Grade
1 123 Andrew Leadbetter ½ ½ Mike A Biddle 123
2 123 Clive N Ferry 0 1 Jon A Asbury 123
3 117 Kenneth J McNulty ½ ½ Peter D Oliver 121
4 116 Alan Thomason ½ ½ Louis S Rawson 120
5 116 Max Wootton 1 0 Robert Statham 119
6 113 John E Button ½ ½ Andrew Cotton 121
7 113 Geoffrey S Lee ½ ½ Lennie Johnson 121
8 111 Alan F Dobson 0 1 Sean Ralph 118
9 111 Thomas W Healey 1 0 Garry Evans
10 110 Sam Onions 0 1 Mark E Talllis 115
11 107 Matthew Carr 1 0 Chris East 116
12 94 Ray Dolan ½ ½ Kim T Gilbert 114
13 99 Peter Broomhall 0 1 Kenneth E Warren 116
14 99 Peter Shaw ½ ½ Frank G Jiminez 108
15 52 Andrew P Davies 0 1 Michael J Harrington 106
16 99 John R Day ½ ½ Fred S Dickson 106
TOTALS 7 9

The regular season for our U125 team finished with a fixture against Warwickshire.  Thank you and well done to all the players who competed for Staffordshire this weekend and over the regular season.

For the second U125 fixture in a row, 15 minutes after everyone else had started, I found myself facing an interesting challenge when one of the team was unable to turn up.  As I was playing, I didn't really get the opportunity to see how the other games went.

Petrov's defence has a reputation for being quiet and drawish.  Matthew Carr told me his game was certainly not that, and that he won a very interesting game.  Well done to Max Wooton and Thomas Healey for their wins.  Ray Dolan told me he finished with a good draw, and from what I saw of John Day's game it looked tense.  As for my game, on move 23 I was forced to exchange a rook for his bishop, effectively leaving me a pawn down in material.  I was still just a pawn down on move 42, but blundered a bishop on the next move.  Most of the players told me they had good games.

Well played everyone!

Shropshire 10½ - 5½ Staffordshire
Match played 29 November 2008 at Shifnal.

Bd Grade Shropshire Score Score Staffordshire Grade
1 123 John Whittaker 0 1 Clive N Ferry 123
2 122 Gareth Edwards 0 1 Kenneth J McNulty 117
3 119 Windsor WA Peck 1 0 Max Wootton 116
4 119 Andrew Tunks 1 0 John E Button 113
5 118 Stefan H Tennant 1 0 Geoffrey S Lee 113
6 Ung Glyn Randle ½ ½ Alan F Dobson 111
7 113 Richard G Thompson 1 0 Thomas W Healey 111
8 110 Peter Crean 1 0 Sam Onions 110
9 108 Ian G Davies ½ ½ Kelvin Jones 108
10 107 John A Westhead ½ ½ Chris Buxton 103
11 106 Alex Taylor 1 0 Peter Shaw 99
12 103 Roger R Brown ½ ½ John R Day 99
13 99 Richard Gillespie 1 0 Andrew P Davies 52
14 98 John Tunks 1 0 Robert Brodie 90
15 98 Derrick Powell ½ ½ Paul J Clapham 82
16 97 George Viszokai 0 1 Steven P Cooper 68
TOTALS 10½

Thank you and well done to all the players who competed for Staffordshire this weekend.  Despite being outgraded on most boards, our team played well.  Congratulations go to Steven Cooper for his win against a player with a grade of 97, and well done to Terriers' captain Paul Clapham, for his draw.  Due to a mix up, one of our players didn't arrive for the match so as I was there anyway, 20 minutes after the start time I found myself playing:  Outgraded and a time handicap, a heady mixture, but it was a reasonable game.

The next match is a home game against Warwickshire.  It should be played at Brewood.  If you are interested in playing you can either phone John Day, or email me Andrew Davies.  I will pass on your details.

Staffordshire 7½ - 8½ Worcestershire
Match played 18 October 2008 at Brewood Cricket Club, Brewood.

Bd Grade STAFFORDSHIRE Score Score WORCESTERSHIRE Grade
1 123 CLIVE  FERRY 0 1 ROY PATTERS 123
2 117 KENNETH  McNULTY 0 1 ANDREW FARTHING 122
3 116 MAX WOOTTON 1 0 GILES STANTON 122
4 113 JOHN BUTTON 0 1 ANDREW WIGGINS 120
5 113 GEOFFERY  LEE 1 0 JOHN GITTUS 120
6 111 ALAN DOBSON ½ ½ ANDREW MOORE 119
7 111 TOM HEALEY ½ ½ DAVID SCRIVEN 117
8 110 SAM ONIONS 1 0 MARK RILEY 116
9 108 KELVIN JONES 0 1 JOHN VARILONE 115
10 108 NICK WRIGHT ½ ½ JEREMY HUMPHRIES 114
11 107 MATTHEW CARR 0 1 DOUG BOLT 111
12 103 CHRISTOPHER BUXTON 0 1 ARNOLD KIRKLAND 109
13 99 PETER BROOMHALL 1 0 TIM YATES 105
14 99 PETER  SHAW 1 0 IAN CLACK 104
15 99 JOHN DAY 1 0 FRANCIS O'GORMAN 101
16 94 RAY DOLAN 0 1 MICHELE CLACK 89
TOTALS

John Day made his debut as captain of the u125 team against Worcestershire this afternoon.  John's team took an early one point lead, thanks to wins from Peter Broomhall, Peter Shaw and John Day himself.  The points swung to and fro, until with just one game remaining and eleven players looking on, the Staffs player needed a draw to level the match.  Unfortunately, time trouble and a gambit that didn't work as intended meant the result went the wrong way - giving the win to Worcestershire by 7½ - 8½.

A solid start from John Day's team.  Well done everyone.

The season
2008
18 Oct.
Staffs 7½ - 8½ Worcs

29 Nov.
Shrops 10½ - 5½ Staffs

2009
24 Jan.
Staffs 7 - 9 Warks

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