30 Apr - 2nd vs Glamorgan

Gary Ward (County Vice Captain) - pleased with his team?

This was definitely get out of jail free, pass go and collect £200, all in one match.


The events actually began on Friday night with Alex Ireland withdrawing from the team with a back problem, his position being quickly filled with reserve Jonny Daniel, Saturday morning bought more bad news with the withdrawal of Calum Mortimore with tonsillitis, his place being filled by Joe Long.


Sunday morning came and more bad news with Josh Denley & Alex Ward both having some sickness problems of their own........too much info to mention!!


The feeling around camp Gloucestershire was not good and this was reflected in the morning foursomes, which at one point was looking at being 0-4, however, some good finishing from Long & Day kept the deficit to just 2 points at lunch.

The afternoon singles just got off to more bad news as Alex Ward reluctantly withdrew from the match through continued illness. However with some quick phone calls and a mad rush from Cumberwell Park, Adam Blue filled the place.


Joe Long started the fight back with an emphatic 5&4 win. Unfortunately Mike Day, suffering with a severe headache ( you just couldn't wonder what was coming next) had a rare defeat. But actually word got around the course of Joe Long’s great win which seemed to chipper the lads up somewhat, with Harrison Ottley-Woodd, Josh Denley & Kyle Trewin digging deep to turn their matches around and take maximum points.


This was great news  but the match was still in the hands of a very strong Glamorgan team playing their first 2nd team match for quite a few decades and they were keen, to say the least.


With only 2 matches remaining on the course , Adam Blue, 2 down after 12, and Matt Bell 1 up through 14, it couldn't have been tighter and the captains stress couldn't have been higher! My poor buggy (named Felicity) seemed to cover a million miles trying to keep up with the calculations of a match, which was so precious to me, to maintain the record of no Gloucestershire team ever losing at The Kendleshire.


Well what can I say, the lads did not disappoint. Matt Bell broke free and ran out winner 4&2 and Adam Blue strolled through the next 5 holes to turn his deficit to a 1 up win. How good was that and how great it was for the team to win a match that was riddled with so much illness. It truly shows the depth of squad we have.
My thanks go to The Kendleshire Golf Club and its members, for giving up the course, to Craig Fudge and his greenkeeping team for a superbly presented course and to Phil Bragg, Rich Guest and their catering and bar team for their continuing great food and service.


My thanks also go to our fan fair of supporters - County Chairman Ian Cornwell and his wife Mary, County President Tony Davis, County Vice President Mike Doyle-Davidson, County Captain Paul Garland, Past President Peter French and his wife Olive, Past Captain David Strange and my wife Dawn. What a line up of supporters that was.
Day over, stress over, a recovering team and points in the bag. Happy days!
Gary Ward
County Vice Captain

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