Sidmouth lose The Picture Match as experience amongst the East Devon team pays dividends

Sidmouth hosted East Devon for the second leg of the Picture Match last Sunday in the hope of turning over a sixteen-and-half, seven-and-a-half deficit from the first leg played at East Devon in May, writes Chris Roberts.

This inter-club match is believed to be one of the oldest of its kind in the country and is played off scratch with eight foursomes matches in the morning followed by sixteen singles matches in the afternoon.

Sidmouth’s hope were high after the morning foursomes which were won by the home team by five-and-a-half matches to two-and-a-half.

Stuart George Coles and Nathan Brace were the most impressive winners, beating former County stars Paul Newcombe and James Dimond five-and-four.

This left Sidmouth needing to win eleven and halve one of the 16 singles matches to win the Picture and hopes were high that home advantage would tell!

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However, the East Devon team included many players with years of experience of playing on the Sidmouth course, and they proved to be just too strong in the end.

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