The North v South challenge match is due to be repeated later in the year. Meanwhile, Essex is conducting a North v South series of its own. In the first of these in the Minor Open R3, Essex found Northumberland too well-equipped and lost 7-5. As a result, Northumberland top the table with 6/6, while Essex sit =2 on 4/6 with Cumbria and Cheshire & N Wales.
The next match in Essex’ N v S series is on 17 July v Cumbria.
Essex U1800 are also in action on that day, also N v S as the opposition is once more Northumberland. The U1800 is only a three horse race, the other team being Leics.