2021 Mary Rose final 27 May

The 2021 final had got under way at the club finals weekend at Surbiton last October, but, as in 2020, it was washed out. Originally rescheduled for 3 April it was postponed again when one of the players caught Covid. This was a blessing in disguise, as the new date turned out warm and sunny and the lawns were as fast as anyone would wish.

The teams, l-r Surbiton: Nick Furse, Graham Brightwell, Mary Knapp, Andy Dibben; Nottingham: Alex McIntyre, Martin Beacon, Ian Draper, Mike Hedge

report by Alex McIntyre

Nottingham and Surbiton played the delayed 2021 Mary Rose final at Wrest Park on Friday 27th May.. On a beautiful day, the match was played on perfectly prepared lawns running up to 13 Plummers.

Morning games (Nottingham names first):

Ian Draper (1) & Alex McIntyre (1.5) beat Andy Dibben (0.5) & Mary Knapp (1.5) +15

Mike Hedge (1.5) lost to Graham Brightwell (2) -3

Martin Beacon (2) lost to Nick Furse (2) -9

As the morning singles had taken some time, the afternoon games were timed to 3hrs, finishing at 7pm.

Ian beat Andy +1 on time after a crucial hit in.

Alex beat Mary +12, despite accidentally pegging his own ball out!

Martin lost to Graham -23.

Mike beat Nick on the Golden Hoop, despite nearly playing the wrong ball at the death!

Nottingham clinched it 4:3 in a very tight match.

Many thanks to Wrest Park for hosting.

The wild flowers that bloom in the spring, with, in the background, Andy Dibben preparing to run 1-back in his singles game.

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