Norfolk Ladies second team clinch memorable Essex victory

In extremely wet and windy conditions Norfolk's second team had the edge over their Essex counterparts after the morning foursomes.

The opening partnership of Debbie Ogaard-Neilsen and Jane Sheppard gelled well to overcome some strong Essex opposition. Meanwhile, Sally Benton and debutante Alex Hacking were unlucky not to snatch something from their game following some good scrambling from rough and bunkers.

Consistent play and excellent chipping by Juliet Fenton ensured that Norfolk went into lunch with a 2-1 lead. The weather did not improve and the forecast was not looking as bright for Norfolk midway through the afternoon singles with Essex ahead in all bar one tie. However, the short game practice that the team have been working on with Mark Allen of Eaton bore fruit. Eppie Zandvoort made an excellent comeback from five down through steady chipping and putting to go one up after 17 and secure a win. An excellent piece of course management by ex-Costessey Park member Sally Benton resulted in a convincing win 6&4. This meant that the match result rested on the final singles. Again there was another spirited example of matchplay as Sharon Black came from behind to turn around a four hole deficit. The match was poised at all square on the 18th tee, neither player aware that the overall match rested on their result.

In the end it was the Norfolk captain who managed to get up and down from the back of the green and secure a first ever win for Norfolk against the defending champions.

Norfolk Ladies II 5 Essex 4 – Foursomes: Debbie Ogaard–Nielsen, Jane Sheppard beat Siobahn Pamenter, Katie Minney 2 up; Sally Benton, Alex Hacking lost to Teresa Kennedy, Toni Brockwell 2 down; Sharon Black, Juliet Fenton beat Amanda Hartman, Joan Smith 2&1. Singles: Jane Sheppard lost to Siobahn Pamenter 5&3, Debbie Ogaard-Nielsen lost to Teresa Kennedy 6&5, Eppie Zandvoort beat Amanda Hartman 1 up, Juliet Fenton lost to Katie Minney 2&1, Sally Benton beat Joan Smith 6&4, Sharon Black beat Toni Brockwell 1 up.