This event is for the western area of Southern England with the winners from this group going to play in a 4 team final later in the year. Dorset was not at their strongest having to ask 24 players to achieve a team of 10. The course was in excellent condition and the weather held fair on the day, with the rain coming after play was completed. All the players enjoyed the day and it gave Dorset a chance to give some encouragement and experience to fringe players.
The event was won easily by Gloucestershire who won 9 of their 10 games, Dorset came a distant second with Wiltshire third and Somerset back in fourth place. It could be said all but Gloucestershire had problems fielding a full strength team as perhaps due to the timing of the event and perhaps we could look at moving it from the first week in August which is a peak holiday time for families and grandparents. The revised format we play a mixture of games with the other three teams over the day maintains interest and that is a success, as everyone is kept involved until the last match finishes rather than a non-event of playing off for third or fourth slot.
Some of those who supported Dorset in this event will get a chance to play against Kent this month at the IOP as we have several of the regular team out due to injury or holiday.