Oh Dear! A trip to the big city ended in a bit of a thrashing courtesy of our hosts, Edgbaston.
On a warm sunny afternoon the rolling fairways presented a good test of golf which unfortunately favoured the home team who romped home to a 5 1/2 to 1/2 win.
Thanks to Ken Crossland and Ian Phipps who prevented the whitewash by achieving a half after being 2 down with three to play. Our next best results were achieved by Ian Sparkes with Dave Lakin and Steve Cottier with Lalit Patel, both pairings losing 2 and 1.
Malcolm Black and Nigel Hinman succumbed 4 and 3 while Gerry Donahoe and Malcolm Dalton lost the 6 and 5 - no doubt Gerry wishes he hadn't stepped in as a last minute replacement!!
The deadly duo Harry Kenth and Jim Wild, a previously reliable pairing, had the ignominy of going down by a dog-licence - younger readers may need to ask your grandparents for the explanation.
As if the result wasn't bad enough, to add insult to injury their Captain told the very joke I had prepared for my thank you speech. Memo to self - have more than one joke to hand in future.