Duo save day for Park

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Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

STEPHEN Page and Bob Dod­ding­ton were the he­roes of Rich­ings Park’s last-gasp win over reign­ing Thames Val­ley 1/2/3 cham­pi­ons Den­ham on Mon­day.

The duo ar­rived at the fi­nal end, lead­ing by five shots, but with Roberts Matthews hav­ing lost heav­ily in the sin­gles and the triples team of Si­mon Ed­wards, Claud Stimp­son and John New­ton only win­ning by a sin­gle shot, Park were trail­ing over­all.

How­ever, Page and Dod­ding­ton got the three shots re­quired to steal a 53-52 win.

Vic­tory came just days af­ter Ritch­ings climbed to the Thames Val­ley League sum­mit af­ter win­ning at Rosedale.

The trio of Colin Caw­ley, Jeff Ja­cobs and Bob Matthews led the way with a 21-15 win in their triples match.

The other triple was a much closer af­fair, but John An­drews, John New­ton and Stimp­son pre­vailed 14-12 to seal a 35-27 vic­tory over­all.

The re­sult was in con­trast to last Tues­day’s en­counter with Wex­ham when Rich­ings lost 8-4.5 in a match in a match con­sist­ing of two triples played both home and away.

John Nor­kett, Ed­wards and Dod­ding­ton won 18-10 on home turf, but a draw and two losses in the other three games meant de­feat over­all.

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