New Milton 1.5 Southbourne 4.5, B&DCL Team Handicap KO Cup; New Milton make debut
21 Feb. Southbourne advanced to the next round to join current KO Cup Champions Poole and Weymouth. James Forster, Grzegorz Sawicki, John Harris and Martin Buse were the Southbourne winners, and Stephen Disney won for New Milton. The board 4 game between John Belinger (NM) and Frank Hamilton-Taylor was drawn. New Milton were warmly welcomed this season as new entrants in this competition and ran Southbourne close, given the visitors had to win at least 3.5-2.5 because of their grading advantage.
The final Round 1 match is on 28 Feb when Wimborne host Purbeck. Purbeck were last season’s losing finalists and in the previous round had beaten Highcliffe in a match so close it has gone down as one of the epic encounters in the B&DCL Team Handicap Cup. It actually took until the next day to work out who had won!
Many apologies for the unreadable copy below (but it will open if clicked); for all results so far please click on: http://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/10229/efixtures and then click on any result for the detail. Well done to John Harris, Southbourne KO Captain, who entered the result soon after the match finished. With Captains increasingly inputting direct to LMS, it is now nearly always the quickest way to see the latest results and often within a short while of a match completing.