Sunday 14th July will go down in history as one of the greatest ever sporting days in the United Kingdom. At Lords the England and Wales cricket team won the ICC world cup for the first time in what was undoubtedly the best one day match ever played!! At Wimbledon, Roger Federer and Novak Jokovic played out the best (or maybe second best?) men' s final ever with the result going to a 5th set championship tie break. At Silverstone, Lewis Hamilton once again cleaned up in the British Grand Prix and in Liverpool all the home nations teams successfully negotiated the early rounds of the Netball World Cup.
Whilst all this was happening, the real event was taking place at Aldwickbury Park where the Princes Risborough CBL team secured a brilliant half in the match against a very strong Aldwickbury Park team playing on their very challenging home turf. Leading off, Neil Martin and Gavin Adams secured their now almost customary win 4&3 whilst following up behind Bob Darvill supported by the returning Barry Woledge secured an excellent 2&1 win over a fancied Aldwickbury pair. The half was then secured by Gentleman Jim Findlay playing with Steve Wagerfield who, had very kindly stepped in at short notice as a replacement. These two delivered our best win of the day 5&3 thus winning the money and securing the result as a halved match 3:3.
Our other 3 pairs all experienced the strength of the Aldwickbury Park club and suffered an early defeat, mostly caused by at least one of the opponents rising to the occasion and playing well below handicap. That is match play golf of course but as a team game it all evened out.
To secure a 3:3 halved match away from home at a long and tough course like Aldwickbury Park is a great achievement and certainly re-sets our ambition for the rest of the season. We have three matches back to back at the end of August/early September. Our first ever visit to Shendish Manor, the return match at home to Aldwickbury Park and the final match of the season against our local neighbours Weston Turville, away. There is all to play for and the and the team are to be congratulated on bouncing back from the shock home defeat by Richings Park earlier in the summer.