Fully 315 days since their last match against another County, our 1st Team finally took the field in a 'friendly' against Dorset at The Kendleshire.
Over recent weeks, clubs across Gloucestershire have been absolutely superb in creating opportunities for players in every one of our age groups to come together and re-kindle the team spirit that makes our County so special, and today was no exception.
Rather fittingly, the match as a whole was halved, with both the morning foursomes and afternoon singles ending in deadlock.
The foursomes were particularly tight, with three of the five games going down the challenging par 3 finishing hole on the Badminton course. Dorset had slightly the better of that hole, but a 2.5-2.5 score line at lunch left the match finely balanced.
Having won their match convincingly in the morning, the Cotswold Hills pairing of Jake Phillips and Harrison Ottley-Woodd led us out in the afternoon singles with high hopes, but neither was able to add to their tally of points for the day as Dorset forged ahead.
Five of the next six games went our way though, with Andy Rideout (Dorset Captain) returning the sole point for our visitors in a tight match again Charlie McLean (Cotswold Hills). At that point, we led 7.5-5.5, but that was as good as it got with Dorset taking the final two games.
Gary Ward, County Captain, said, "First and foremost, our thanks must go to the Dorset team for making a trip that many other teams have been reluctant to take on. We've been so keen to give our lads the chance to compete again, and really appreciate Andy bringing his team to play us. I'd also like to pass on my thanks to The Kendleshire and it's members for making everybody feel so welcome. We can only hope that we'll be playing a full season again next year, and in the meantime I'd just like to wish all of our players the very best over the next few weeks as they embark on an exciting race to be our Duchess Salver champion for 2020."