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22nd April 2024

Nott’s 50s team – English League Masters Champions 2023/24

Having won all their matches in the Midlands East division this season, Nott’s 50s team then played Bedfordshire winners of the Midlands West in a Play Off.
Nott’s had a comfortable 12-0 win against Bedfordshire and went onto represent the Midlands region in the County Championship Finals over the weekend of April 20/21st at Birmingham University.
Nott’s opponents in the Semi Finals were Wiltshire winners of the South West division, again Nott’s. won comfortably, score 11-1.
In the over 50s Final our Nott’s team were once again up against strong favourites Hampshire winners of the South East. Last season Notts. lost 3-9 to Hampshire in the Finals. Notts. Captain Carl Jennings and co selector Paula Wilson knew it was going to be a hard battle to beat Hampshire.
Their selection regarding pairings was vital, they gambled by selecting two strong Men’s pairs and two strong Mixed pairs – they gambled well.
Nott’s 1st team pair Carl Jennings and Dave Barratt gained a relatively comfortable win against Hampshire’s 1st pair 21-10, 21-14.
Matt Tongue and Andy Cokayne had a real battle in their first end against Hampshire’s 2nd Men’s pair, when pulling through to win 22-20, 21-11.
Next on court was Nott’s 1st Ladies pair Paula Wilson and Loraine Buck, again a hard battle against Hampshire’s 1st ladies pair. Both pairs unbeaten in the competition so far. Unfortunately, our ladies lost 20-22, 18-21.
Nott’s 2nd ladies pair Julie Gator and Bev Dolman again couldn’t overcome their opponent’s strength, score 10-21 & 13-21.
Scores overall at this time even 2-2.
Both Nott’s men’s pairs went onto to beat their second round matches. Score now 4-2 to Nott’s.
Paula & Loraine, against Hampshire’s 2nd ladies pair, won the first end 21-13. It was a tense 2nd end; thankfully, the Nott’s pair came through winning 22-20.
Unfortunately, Julie & Bev lost their match against Hampshire’s 2nd pair.
Score now 5-3 to Nott’s., the team now requiring to win two more rubbers out of the remaining four Mixed doubles matches.
Nott’s top Mixed pair Carl Jennings and Loraine Buck won their close match 21-18, 21-19.
The final win required for Nott’s came from Nott’s stalwarts Matt Tongue & Paula Wilson 21-13, 21-12.
3rd Nott’s Mixed pair, Andy Cokayne & Jane Smith lost in three ends while Nott’s 4th Mixed pair Alan Bowmer & Julie Gater were unable worry their opponents.
Final score, 7-5 win to Nott’s – Thereby earning the title of over 50s English League Champions 2023/24 season.

50s Team:
Matt Tongue, Andy Cokayne, Paula Wilson, Jane Smith – Bingham B.C.
Carl Jennings, Dave Barratt, Loraine Buck – Forest B.C.
Julie Gater, Alan Bowmer – Mansfield Oaktree B.C.
Beverley Dolman – East Leake B.C.

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