SURREY vs BEDFORDSHIRE

Minor Counties Semi-Final

Sutton, 22/5/93

Was this the best Bedfordshire county match result?

Due to football division 2 playoffs and major roadworks around Heathrow, there were major holdups on the route to the match. The Surrey captain was kind enough to delay the start of the match but after 30 minutes the clocks had to be started or the room booking would have run out before completing the match. Unfortunately, only 4 Bedfordshire players were present and had to guess which boards they were playing on. Howard Ingham was the last player to arrive 55 minutes after the original start time.

The task facing Bedfordshire was considerable, behind on the clock and outgraded by an average 187 to 176. (which would have been even worse if Surrey hadn’t needed a last minute reserve on board 12)

Once the match started, everything went in our favour, Bedfordshire building up a healthy lead and keeping it throughout.

The average grading difference was 12 points per board. This may not sound very much but over 16 boards it should translate to a score of 10-6 in favour of the higher graded team. To win by 9.5-6.5, almost reversing the predicted score, is a considerable achievement. To achieve this, the team performed at an average grade of 196, 20 points higher than their published grade.

Board

Surrey

Grade

6.5-9.5

Grade

Bedfordshire

1

NE Povah

232

1-0

216

A Ledger (W)

2

G Wall

215

0-1

196

D Ledger

3

PD Kemp

200

0-1

186

S Ledger

4

C O’Shaughnessy

200

0.5-0.5

194

G Smith

5

RA Allicock

199

1-0

184

T Hare

6

CKD Holland

197

1-0

182

P Kendall

7

BN Connell

190

0.5-0.5

175

R Freeman

8

S Walker

185e

0-1

179

R Mahony

9

BG Whyte

183

0-1

171

P Habershon

10

DR Sedgwick

181

0.5-0.5

163

M Ioannides

11

DB Rosen

179

0.5-0.5

163

B Valentine

12

F Manning (res)

145

0-1

171

P Clarke

13

JM Shepley

176

0-1

155

A Elwin

14

PJ Roche

171

1-0

160

B Wigginton

15

S Macdonald-Ross

170

0-1

157

K Williamson

16

ME Osborne

169

0.5-0.5

154

H Ingham

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