After three successive 4-6 losses, any one of which could have given us a close win, our ICT team came up trumps against neighbours Cumbria in their final second round match. A resounding 10-0 result meant that the team now move into a group playing off for positions 25 to 28, which is pretty much what we would have expected for our young and relatively inexperienced team.
Apart from the win over Cumbria, the highlight so far has to be the imperious form of Tim Bodani, who always seems to have time on his side. Six straight wins, and a record of eight victories from 11 matches, is as good as anything from our players in recent years. Supporting him, senior players Sarah Bambrick and Melvin Cherian have each contributed six good wins and every one of the team has chalked up a victory which, before the end of Day Two, is a strong record.
Day 3 saw the team build on the Cumbria result with another good win over the Isle of Man by 7 matches to 3. We knew that the second tie would be tight and so it proved – 5 all on matches, 11 all on games won, losing only by a measly 5 points. The day finished with a night out at the Ten Pin alley (where the Manager amazed everyone with his expertise) and was topped off with pizza.
And so, onto the last day when we had to play Herefordshire. A win would see us top the group to finish 25th and that was just what we did, with an excellent 6-4 victory rounding off yet another memorable four days at Nottingham.
A fuller report will come later.