Stage 1 of this year’s competition saw Yorkshire drawn against Cheshire, Durham & Cleveland and Lancashire 2.
In their opening match they faced Cheshire with Mark Shipley first on court for Yorkshire. After taking the first game comfortably, Mark found himself trailing by 2 games to 1, however, he quickly regained control of the match coming out with a 3/2 victory.
Next on court at No1 was Phil Wakefield who came up against a very tricky and somewhat vocal opponent. Despite dropping the third game Phil kept his composure to win the fourth and gain a 3/1 victory.
The final game saw Robert Taylor playing at No.2. Whilst this proved quite a close encounter in terms of game scores, sadly the Cheshire man always appeared to hold the upper hand, holding on for a 3/0 win.
Result: Yorkshire 9 points Cheshire 5 points
Lancashire B were the opponents for Yorkshire’s second match.
Steve Forster came in at No.3 for Yorkshire and very quickly settled into his stride winning the first game comfortably. The second and third games followed a similar pattern which resulted in a 3/0 victory for the Yorkshire man.
The first string match saw Phil Wakefield face a very experienced opponent from Lancashire. The first and second games proved to be quite tight with Phil coming out on top in both. The third turned out to be more comfortable for the Yorkshire player as he ran out a 3/0 winner.
The final game of the day saw Robert Taylor at No.2 and after a slow start and losing the first, Taylor stamped his authority on the match to win by 3 games to 1.
Result: Yorkshire 12 points Lancashire B 1 point
On the Sunday morning the final game of the weekend was against Durham & Cleveland, in what looked on paper to be their easiest game of the weekend. This couldn’t have been further from the truth.
The match began well for Yorkshire with Steve Forster dominating his opponent from start to finish, running out an easy 3/0 winner and taking the Yorkshire squad to the brink of qualification for there Finals weekend.
The No.1 string game also started well for Yorkshire with Phil taking a 2 love lead. It was at this stage the match turned on it’s head with the D&C player fighting his way back to win 3/2.
At No.2 Robert Taylor was involved in the game of the day. With the rubber finely poised at 2 games all, the fifth proved to be an epic, swinging one way then the other. Sadly for Yorkshire the D&C player held his nerve to take the game 16/14 and the match for Durham.
Result: Yorkshire 7 points Durham & Cleveland 9 points
However, despite losing their final match Yorkshire had accumulated 28 points which was enough to secure top spot in the group and qualification for the finals in June.
Well done to everyone for their contribution in what proved to be a very successful weekend for the squad.