An 11-man Hustler team proved no match for a high scoring Seagull team at the United Services Club in the first (and, for us, only) round of the Hospitals Cup.
Captain Clive took the decision to put our two-man leg on first to give us an early indication of the challenge to be faced, a challenge that was made obvious by a 10-pin deficit after the first hand. A stonking 45 by Rob proved insufficient against a Seagull leg with two other 40s in it, and the best we could manage was a deficit of 36 going into second leg.
Our brave lads on second leg did their best but even Gary’s 41 was beaten by his opposite number and the outcome was a seepage of a further 8 pins.
Up stepped third leg and our Captain’s tactical decision was to put his usual anchor players on in order to close the gap. Alas only Chris, with 42, rose to the occasion and a further 11 pins went to the wrong side.
So to the last leg, with just too much to do ended with a further loss of 17 pins which resulted in Hustlers being defeated by a mere 72 pins.
Next week will see the return to the Suffolk for a league game when it is hoped that “commitments” will allow 12 players to turn up.
Away vs Seagulls (Cup)- 30 Sep 15
Lost by 72!