Highcliffe B 3 Ringwood B 1, B&DCL Div 3; Highcliffe D 2.5 Poole F 1.5, B&DCL Div 5; Highcliffe teams end season on a high
30 Apr. In a double bill, Highcliffe hosted 2 visiting teams. The B team beat Ringwood B 3-1 to ensure another season in Div 3. Rob Halse won on board 2 and the other 2 games played were drawn. Ringwood defaulted a board due to illness. It means New Milton B, who despite a strong late bid, are relegated.
And Highcliffe D enjoyed success for the first time this season beating Poole F 2.5-1.5. They had previously drawn 3 matches and remained competitive throughout the season. This win was made possible with full points from Andrew Manson on board 1 and David Pawley on board 3. Matt Austin won on board 2 for Poole and on board 4, Derek Chaffey (Highcliffe) and Paul Trowbridge drew. When submitting the result into LMS, Highcliffe’s Richard Ursell commented “brave fight from both teams”. Mike Tew, Highcliffe D Captain added “A good contest between evenly matched teams, keenly played in a friendly atmosphere against pleasant opponents”.
The results mean Ringwood B, Highcliffe D & Poole F have all completed their programmes. All 5 divisions remain very competitive, and even at this late stage, the destiny of each championship is going down to the final matches.