Herts' victory hopes are sunk by Middlesex

PUBLISHED: 14:59 06 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:21 26 October 2009

HERTS county golfers somehow lost at home to neighbours Middlesex at Brocket Hall. Just when victory seemed in their grasp in their opening league match of the season, the county team were left to ponder where it all went wrong. Middlesex turned the tabl

HERTS' county golfers somehow lost at home to neighbours Middlesex at Brocket Hall.

Just when victory seemed in their grasp in their opening league match of the season, the county team were left to ponder where it all went wrong.

Middlesex turned the tables in the closing singles matches to run out winners by 61/2 points to 51/2.

Having won the foursomes 3-1 and followed with two singles wins and a half, Herts needed only one more point from the last five games, but Middlesex claimed them all.

Weather-wise it was a repeat of the previous year, with pouring rain, some flooded fairways and bunkers making things rather wet at Brocket Hall.

However, Herts responded well, with foursomes wins for James York and Greg Schmidt by 2&1, Tom Shadbolt and Laurence Allen by one hole and James Watts and Matt Wallace by two holes.

With the weather improving, Tom Shadbolt gave Herts a flying start to the singles, winning 7&5.

Schmidt followed with a 4&3 margin and captain York claimed a half to give them 51/2 points.

Sadly, the single point needed eluded them, with Glen Portelli losing on the 18th, and James Watts and Matt Wallace, both beaten on the 17th, claiming the closest margins.

Herts now face winning their next three matches and hope, like last year, that will be good enough to win the league.

The defeat to Middlesex followed a disappointing weekend at the Eastern Counties Foursomes at Seacroft.

After a promising start, Herts were left with the wooden spoon for the second year.

On a positive note, only seven points separated all nine counties, and of the 10 players representing Herts seven were newcomers, the experience serving them well.

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