B Team v Handsworth away

Well, the team continues riding on the crest of a slump as the season draws nearer to a close.

Confusion reigned as Olton's diary etc reflected a 1:30 tee off. Unbeknown to our team, with the exception of Ian Sparkes who obviously doesn't read his emails, our hosts Handsworth had it down as a 2:30 start. This clearly upset our team who were primed, ready and in the zone only to be distracted by the delaying tactics of the opposition.

Not that he was rushed (having arrived in good time for a 2:30 tee off) but Ian Sparkes with Derek Birt was one of three pairings to lose 4/3, the others being Gerry Donohoe and Bruce Wilson and Jim Wild with Malcolm Traves. Marginally better were Harry Kenth and Kevin Reilly who lost 3/1 while Paul Higgins (obviously preoccupied by his forthcoming 60th birthday) and Terry Tucker lost by one.

Fortunately, your intrepid Captain and Andy Watkinson managed to avoid the whitewash with a 2/1 victory.

That's now three in a row we have lost 5-1 so I doubt Dickie Bowen our OGC Sports Editor will be sending out an email acknowledging our achievements. There have been three players who have participated in each of these matches, but only one who has lost all three - coincidence?

The game was followed by a carve-at-the-table meal reminiscent of OGC - I wonder where they got their caterers from?

We have two home games left to try and stop the rot. Sadly due to other commitments I am unable to participate in either, however since the team was particularly successful during my enforced absence earlier in the season I am confident we shall return to winning ways.


Steve Cottier

B Team Captain