Written by DB / MH
Surrey Mens CC League D3 M2
Epsom Downs November 7th
Scott Evans’ comprehensive 2nd win of the season led Matt Hyett’s squad to a resounding win in typically perverse Downs weather,with a heavy downpour soaking everyone for some 20 minutes just before the start.
With a heartening 17 in the team,and a dominant quartet at the front,Scott was well away at the ‘Bell’ for the final lap,closely followed by Senior Race-debutant,U20 Neil Wellard,James Robertson and John Duggan. Packing well in support,K&P looked very likely at that stage to be heading the team scores with the scoring 10 all passing Tattenham Corner in the top half of the joint Div 3&4 field of over 250.
The weather relented somewhat thereafter,to the relief of the host club Epsom & Ewell’s Officials,and,no doubt,to the runners,with the later finishers bathed in sunshine.
The encouraging downward sweep into the funnel provided a welcome sight for the handful of K&P supporters – Scott(29.04) duly extended his lead to some 53 seconds to take a sparkling overall and D3 win over E&E’s Ollie Garrod,followed by a feisty battle between K&P’s Neil Wellard(3rd 29.57) and James Robertson(4th 30.03). Not far adrift,John Duggan motored into 7th,and then it was an anxious wait for a glimpse of more K&P vests. There’s a clear view of the last 500 or so metres from the finish,and,showing what our Senior men can really do,it was a welcome sight for sore eyes with our next five scorers involved in a battle royal for the funnel. Alex Thomas(20th) just pipped Michael Huntley by the one place,with TM M35 Matt 23rd,David Wilby 26th and M40 Andy Arbour in very good nick at 28th. Jonathan Darby had the honour of closing the team in at 42nd,likely our best performance in a long while.
Chris Gibbons(63) and newcomer Aaron Wijay excelling(100) were next,with our bevy of redoubtable “slightly older” Vets following,led by Rupert Bole(105) & David Greenfield(114). There was then fierce rivalry between Geoff Reed and Graham Huntley with the former taking the laurels 132 to 133. Sadly,our 17th man,Peter Wilkins,was forced to pull out on lap one.
Teamwise,we did indeed take the win with a welcome low score of 175 pts,ahead of the hosts and perennial rivals,E&E. After two matches,with 2 to come in the New Year,much to Matt’s & Tukki’s delight in particular,the ‘lads’ have hoisted themselves into 2nd behind E&E and into a handy position to challenge for promotion come the end of the campaign.
Full results including the team scores can be found on Andy Robinson’s excellent Surrey CC league site – http://surreyleague.org/slm/match/39/ - though you can find the full individual details for the double D3/4 match on TPOT.
Match 3 is at Oxshott Woods on Jan 16th.
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