After our splendid win over Glamorgan, today, Vice President Geoff Ogden was charged with presenting half and full colours to three players, Ron Schroder received his half colours and Ian Perkins and Steve Francis were awarded their full colours. Left to right, Geoff Ogden, Steve Francis, Ian Perkins & Ron Schroder.
This event was played in unseasonably cold, blustery, wet conditions over a course which proved to be an exacting test for all competitors most of whom found scoring more difficult on Day 2
Although these championships include individual prizes, it is essentially a team competition with the winning county going forward to national finals.
All county teams comprise eight players from which six are nominated just before the start of play. It is the aggregated scores of those nominated six players which determine overall team performance. Each day, the best five scores from these six players are included in the aggregation
Somerset’s Senior Team comprised:
Ron Schroder, Burnham & Berrow 72 77 = 149
James Ward, Oake Manor 75 76 = 151
Simon Harris, Bath 78 83 = 161
Alistair Johnston, Taunton & Pickeridge 84 78 = 162
Danny Dowell, Cricket St Thomas 82 80 = 162
Steve Thomas, Weston-super-Mare 86 76 = 162
Martin Cashnella, Bath 75 76 = 151
Peter Davies, The Mendip 76 80 = 156
The aggregated county scores were:
Overall, it was a case of “what if?”
It’s quite clear from the scores of all of Somerset’s team of eight that the inclusion of the scores of Martin Cashnella and Peter Davies might have significantly improved our overall team performance. That, of course, is hindsight and assumes that any such substitution would have had a neutral impact on the performance of the individuals involved. Such post event evaluations are fraught and are normally carried out – through clenched teeth – by all participating teams
Our highlights were the winning of the individual trophy by Ron Schroder and the sound performances of James Ward and Martin Cashnella
Having represented Somerset on 10 occasions, Paddy and James were presented with their colours before the home match against Devon. Sadly, the result went against us as we suffered an 8.5-6.5 defeat.
Captain Alex Kidd has named the side who will represent Somerset on 31st May. They will be entertaining a strong Devon side to 9 holes of foursomes on the Channel Course, followed by singles on the Championship course in the afternoon. Devon will be expecting a strong challenge as Somerset will be looking to avenge the heavy defeat they suffered in the 2016 fixture.
|Peter Davies||The Mendip|
|Danny Dowell||Cricket St Thomas|
|Alistair Johnstone||Taunton & Pickeridge|
|Paddy Maclennan||Enmore Park|
|Barry Simpson||Taunton & Pickeridge|
|James Ward||Oake Manor|
|John Whitcutt||Burnham & Berrow|
|Matt Lazenby||Enmore Park|
|Neil Whisler||Enmore Park|
After representing Somerset 10 times since 2014, Pete Davies was awarded his clolours after the recent strokeplay trials at Burnham & Berrow . Pete is seen receiving these from County Chairman Tommy Tulk