Cambs pip big ri­vals Northants

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

CAM­BRIDGESHIRE got their Anglian League cam­paign off the ground at the week­end with a close fought win in their derby clash with Northamp­ton­shire.

Hav­ing come close to lift­ing the tro­phy for only the sec­ond time in 40 years last sea­son, Cam­bridgeshire be­gan their 2010 cam­paign in dis­ap­point­ing fashion last month with a 7-5 de­feat at the hands of de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Lin­colnshire.

So Sun­day’s clash with Northants at Ely Golf Club was al­ways go­ing to be cru­cial as it gave the win­ners a chance to haul them­selves off the bot­tom of the ta­ble and into con­tention with two games played.

And thanks to a 6.5-5.5 win against their fierce lo­cal ri­vals, Cam­bridgeshire - who fea­ture El­ton Furze stars Jody Greenall and Ed Con­duit in their side - are back mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion.

Greenall said: “I al­ways said that I thought this was go­ing to be a very tough, tight match and the score just goes to show how right I turned out to be. Af­ter the morn­ing four­somes we were up 2.5 to 1.5 but at the half­way point of the sin­gles in the af­ter­noon we were down in six of the eight matches.

“We fought back but as the sec­ond last man out on the course I knew we would need to take a half from my match to get a re­sult and thanks to a birdie at the 17th we man­aged to do it.

“It is hard on Northants as they are a re­ally good side and I think we have beaten them 6.5 to 5.5 the last three times we have played.

“It was tight but we got an im­por­tant win as it keeps our Anglian League chal­lenge alive.”

Cambs now face three tough away trips to Nor­folk, Suf­folk and Le­ic­ster­shire know­ing any­thing less than three wins will see their chances of im­prov­ing on last sea­son’s run­ners-up spot go out of the win­dow.

“It is go­ing to be very hard, but if we can grind out some re­sults we still have a chance of catch­ing Lin­colnshire, who have won this ti­tle for the last three or four sea­sons,” added Greenall.

Cam­bridgeshire’s next Anglian League fix­ture will be at Cotessey Golf Club in Nor­folk on July 4.

THE pres­ti­gious Cantrell Cup at Peter­bor­ough Mil­ton at­tracted a stel­lar field for its 10th an­niver­sary in­clud­ing lo­cal pros Stu­art Brown and Matt Thorpe, lead­ing amateurs Adrian Fir­man, Tom Burgh, Richard Cole and Jamie Hib­bert, plus Euro­pean tour pro­fes­sional Simon Lilly, who was us­ing the event as a warm up for this week­end’s Por­tuguese Open.

But the event, which has a pro­fes­sional/am­a­teur pairs for­mat and in­volves a best gross score in the morn­ing and four­somes in the af­ter­noon, was won by Northamp­ton pair Nicko Soto and Lewis White.

THE 36-hole Quin­cen­te­nary Cup will be held at Burgh­ley Park Golf Club on June 27.

The Cup was do­nated to mark the 500th an­niver­sary of the award of the Royal Char­ter to Stam­ford and the event is open to any male play­ers with a sin­gle fig­ure hand­i­cap.

The Quin­cen­te­nary is also a qual­i­fier for the Sin­gle Fig­ure Golfer na­tional chal­lenge and costs £30 to en­ter - in­clud­ing lunch.

For more in­for­ma­tion 01780 753789.

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