Match D – Round 1

Played 11 June 2019, at Upminster

Board

UPMINSTER A

R1

R2

Loughton

1

Martin McCall 184 r (B, W)

½-½

0-1

Kevin Bowmer 188 r (W, B)

2

Les Crane 178 r

0-1

0-1

Bill Stirling 166 r

3

John Davenport 174 r

½-½

1-0

David Faulkner 161 r

4

Robert Iannetta 160 r

1-0

0-1

Graham Kershaw 141 r

5

Steve Kelsey 174 s

0-1

0-1

Simon Moth 144 r

2-3

1-4

UPMINSTER A

3-7

Loughton

The first match of this year’s competition and the first casualty, seeds UPMINSTER A going out to visitors Loughton. And not just a squeeze by the odd point!

Upminster were missing a couple of players, but still held a grading advantage of an average 14 points a board, yet the visitros had a shock for them. The Loughton bottom boards in particular did exceptionally well, overturning a 25 point grading deficit in scoring 3-1 and Bill Stirling’s double over Les Crane was also a key factor.

Both teams from this fixture have a Bye to the Semi-Finals of alternate realities. Loughton advance to the Semi-Final of the main competition, where they await the winners of Match J. UPMINSTER A go into the Plate Semi-Final and await the winners of Match Q.

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