Dale gets one over fellow legends
Chris Dale had his rivals in a spin in the third Legends of Kent Cricket golf tournament at Canterbury on Thursday, winning the competition by four points. Fifteen-handicap Dale, a slow left-armer with Kent and Gloucestershire in the 1980s, ran up 40 points to finish well clear of runnerup Julian Thompson, with Darren Stevens and John Shepherd sharing third place, a point further back. So good was Dale’s performance – he made 11 pars – that he was able to enjoy the luxury of two no-score holes. Thompson, meanwhile, had two birdies in his 36 points, as did Stevens and Shepherd. The finishing order in the team event was much closer, with only two points separating the leading three teams. Twenty-one past or present Kent cricketers took part and it was young fast bowling prospect Matt Hunn who featured at the head of the leaderboard in the team event, along with Dave Tottman, Sam Plews and Paul Blake. They totalled 93 points in the best two-from-four format to just gain the edge over Stevens, Alison Kingston, David Kingston and Tony Baxter, who finished a point behind. In third place, one point in arrears, were last year’s individual champion, Matt Coles and his teammates Nigel Stevenson, Alex Mcbeth and Dave Gregory. The Legends trophy was presented by former Kent and England paceman Alan Igglesden, whose brain tumour charity was the day’s beneficiary. Igglesden had made the journey from Yorkshire, where he now lives, to take part in the day.
From left, team winners Matt Hunn, Sam Plews, Paul Blake and Dave Tottman with, centre, Alan Igglesden
Chris Dale receives his winner’s trophy from Alan Igglesden