Cheshire won the 2018 BCGBA Senior Supplementary Championship after beating Wales by 17 in the final. They had the first four winners on the one green, Robert Winnington the best of them 10. Wales tried to fightback the 33 deficit with Geraint Booth winning 7 but it wasn’t enough. Wales had got out of the group with North Midlands on points scored, scoring 444 comparted to North Midlands’ 443.
They met in the final group game and North Midlands had to win by 28 to go through, but only did so by 27. Tyler Dewis’ 8 win wasn’t enough for North Midlands, with Robin Bennett’s 15 win at number 7 Wales’ best and helping them to squeak through. Wales had won both games previously, defeating Yorkshire by 12, Matthew Worden their best 7, with Craig Gant, Josh Mordue and James Hanson winning 17 to be best for Yorkshire, and Lancashire by 42, Andy Hughes their best 6 and only Chris Cooke 15 winning for Lancashire. Lancashire had shocked North Midlands in their first game though, having 6 winners to win by 15, Neil Bithell and John Crossley the best of them 14, with Darren Plenderleith winning 11 to be best for the opposition. North Midlands then beat Yorkshire by 15, Dane Hopwood and Shane Day best winner 10, with Craig Gant best for Yorkshire. Yorkshire then whitewashed Lancashire to win by 66, Craig Gant again the best 8.
In the other group and Cheshire won all their group games. They defeated Greater Manchester first by 12, Steve Morrey their best winner 13, with Andy Murray best for the opposition 17. They then beat Staffordshire by 17, Robert Winnington’s 6 win crucial at number 7, despite Craig Barker winning 10 at number 8 for Staffs. They had their closest call against Cumbria after winning by 9, Andy Hamman best with his 14 card, as Ira Collier won 15 to be best for the opposition. Greater Manchester won their other two group games, by 15 against Cumbria, Paul Leah winning 5 being key, as best wins by Andy Thornton and Baz Lowden 21-15 being in vain. They then got past Staffordshire by just 7, Andy Murray being their best 11 with Stuart Edwards best for the other team 8. The other game saw Staffordshire beat Cumbria by 7 with Dave East their best winning 9, Cumbria’s best being Andy Thornton 12.
Full scores are here along with pictures.