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11th October 2009

Over 65's Open Veterans Season

The O/65ís team opened the Nottinghamshire Veterans County season with a home fixture at Chilwell Olympia.

Nottinghamshire had a strong Ladies side with Christine Richardson and Val Richmond coming into this age group this season. Unfortunately Ken Tantum (also coming of age) was due to play but became ill and had to stand down. Ken would possibly have made all the difference as the Nottinghamshire side lost the match 5-4.

It was a real thriller. Five of the nine rubbers went to three ends. The Ladies won all their rubbers but the Men lost all theirs, leaving two Mixed rubbers to win, out of the three to play.

Henryk Radziwonik and Val Richmond played top Mixed and lost, leaving two Mixed rubbers to play, with Nottinghamshire needing to win both.

Peter Morley and Christine Richardson had a very tight match. After winning their first end, they were 8-16 down in the second, when Christine served through to give them a lead of 17-16. From there they took the rubber, which also resulted in Christine winning all her three rubbers. The score was then 4-4, leaving Dennis Rhodes and Barbara Henley to win the last rubber to take the match. Although they battled hard, the opposition proved too strong for them and they lost in three ends.

Overall, a most enjoyable and close match. Hopefully the team will have their revenge in the return fixture at Buckinghamshire next February.

Val Richmond - Beeston Fields B.C.
Henryk Radziwonik - Nottm. Vets. B.C.
Christine Richardson - Nottm. Vets. B.C.
Peter Morley - East Leake B.C.
Barbara Henley - Redhill B.C.
Dennis Rhodes - Nottm. Vets. B.C.

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