Close call but Suffolk keep hopes alive
GOLF: Suffolk men kept alive their chance of winning the Anglian League when they beat Leicestershire by six-and-a-half matches to five-and-a-half at Diss.
SUFFOLK men kept alive their chance of winning the Anglian League when they beat Leicestershire by six-and-a-half matches to five-and-a-half at Diss.
It looked as though the visitors were set for victory when James Wright of Rushmere, the most experienced member of the Suffolk side, was one down with two par fives to play in the final singles match.
Wright won those two holes to give Suffolk a narrow victory that means that victory over Lincolnshire at Belton Park next month would leave Suffolk as champions.
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The teams were level after the foursomes. There was torrential rain, thunder and lightning during the lunch break which fortunately subsided before the singles started.
Andrew Collett of Bury St Edmunds was drafted into the Suffolk team at short notice after Kristian Day of Hintlesham Hall called off through injury.
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Suffolk 6.5 Leicestershire 5.5
At Diss. Suffolk names first.
Foursomes: Kieran Canham and Andrew Tokley beat Steve Sansome and Phil Thomason one up.
Andrew Collett and Lawrence Dodd lost to Liam Plant and Adam Brown 3 and 2.
Ian Younger and Tim Dainty beat Tim Stephens and Keith Shaw 3 and 2.
James Wright and Luke Miller lost to Adrian Jones and Neil Chaudhuri one down.
Singles: Canham lost to Sansome 3 and 2, Dodd beat Plant 3 and 2, Tokley beat Brown 7 and 6, T Dainty beat Shaw two up, Collett lost to Stephens 3 and 2, Younger halved with Chaudhuri, Miller lost to Jones one down, J Wright beat Thomason one up.
SUFFOLK'S second team lost 9-3 against the table-topping Leicestershire second team at Hinckley, a pretty course with fast, sloping greens.
Suffolk were unable to have a practice round on Friday because of thunder and lightning but non-
playing captain, John Blackmore, said: "We have no excuses. They played better than us."