At last we managed to play this fixture after 2 postponements for severe weather (snow). This year we again had a strong side which included a first representative match for Tony Draper and there was also a new team, Nuffield who were an unknown quantity. Our first match was against the Royal Navy and our strength showed with a solid 5-0 win. Nuffield showed they too were strong with a good 4-1 win against Bradley Stoke who had also strengthened their side from the previous year and may prove no pushovers.

After the matches, the Navy provided their usual first class hospitality at the Royal Sailors Home Club before teams retired for an early night.

The next day was an early start of 10am with a match against Nuffield which potentially could decide the tournament result. This did prove to be a tougher encounter; the pick of the matches was John Ashton at no4 only just winning 10-9 in the 5th game. All the other matches we won 3-0 so another 5-0 victory was in the bag. In the other match Bradley Stoke beat the Navy 3-2.

After a short break the final matches got underway. We comfortably secured top position with another 5-0 win and maximum points from the tournament. The battle for 2nd place was won by the new team from Nuffield who may well strengthen their side even more for next year. Bradley Stoke secured 3rd with the Royal Navy a disappointing 4th.

This meant the Civil Service Team had won overall with 21 points, followed by Nuffield on 13, Bradley Stoke on 6 and the Royal Navy with 2 points.

Thanks again go to the Navy for being fantastic hosts and looking after us in the style to which we have now become accustomed.

Final positions:

Team Points
Civil Service 21
Nuffield 13
Bradley Stoke 6
Royal Navy 2