Southbourne A 3 Poole A 1, B&DCL Div 1, Southbourne D 3.5 Highcliffe D 0.5, B&DCL Div 5 – Southbourne B & Wimborne A close on Div 1 leaders, Southbourne D =1st in Div 5
9 Mar. Southbourne A Captain, Martin Simons reports “A close match played in a friendly, but competitive spirit. Jon Catchpole scored a quick win with a fine sacrificial attack, followed by draws on the top 2 boards. Then Dragi Popovic tried desperately to win to draw the match for Poole. However, he unfortunately blundered in a better position, but great defence from James Forster when short of time”. Poole A still lead Div 1.
Same venue Tuckton, same night, Southbourne D joined Bournemouth C and Purbeck on 10 points in Div 5, but Purbeck have 2 matches in hand. Highcliffe D were competitive, despite being out graded by around 30 points a game. Always sporting, Highcliffe Captain Mike Tew commented “comfortable win for Southbourne – the draw was an unforced error resulting in stalemate”. Andrew Mason was making his Div 5 debut for Highcliffe