Fynn Valley cause Hambro Cup shock with win over holders

Suffolk men’s senior team which took third place out of four in the Southern Counties Foursomes qual

Suffolk mens senior team which took third place out of four in the Southern Counties Foursomes qualifier at Sheringham. Back (from left): Roger Taylor, Steve Mann, Stephen Whymark, Mark Jackson, Trevor Hellyer, Kevin Brooks (captain), Simon Bearman. Front: Nigel Fosker, Graham Shillings and Steve Duffety. Photograph: TONY GARNETT - Credit: Archant

Fynn Valley knocked holders Bury St Edmunds out of the Hambro Cup by seven holes at Witnesham.

Now they meet Stowmarket on a neutral venue on August 26.

Fynn Valley were only one ahead at lunch after Bury’s fourth pair, Ben Coleman and Roger Nicholson, came in five up.

Fynn Valley won three of the four afternoon matches to clinch a notable success.

Stowmarket dominated play in the afternoon against Woodbridge. Team captain Henry Cutting played for the first time this season and his partnership with Ross Harvey ended seven holes ahead on the day.

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Halesworth made home advantage count against Thorpeness whose consolation was a seven-hole afternoon win for George Austin and Tony Mardon.

All four ties ended in home wins. Aldeburgh scored a convincing victory over The Suffolk after taking control in the morning.

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Full results from Hambro

Aldeburgh beat The Suffolk by 27 holes.

Morning (Aldeburgh names first): Logan Mair and Tim Hedin 4 Gary Last and Andrew Kemp 0, Mike Olding and James Ollington 2 Chris Tate and Simon Webb 0, Robert Palmer and Sam Edmond 4 Ian Mortlock and Ian Stark 0, Jack Levermore and Jim Harrison 7 Mark Henfield and Daniel Kaye 0.

Afternoon: Mair and Hedin 7 Last and Kemp 0, Olding and Ollington 4 Tate and Webb, Palmer and Edmond halved with Mortlock and Danny Hawkins, Levermore and Harrison 0 Henfield and Kaye 1.

Stowmarket beat Woodbridge by 18 holes.

Morning (Stowmarket names first): James O’Doherty and Kieran Issit 2 Andy Whittaker and Simon Peckford 0, Alex Bligh and John Jameson 0 Ricky Dzierozynski and Gary Seaman 1, Jack Forgan and Ben Forgan 0 Toby Ayles and Taylor Crisp 2, Henry Cutting and Ross Harvey 3 Steve Mann and Tom Fowler 0.

Afternoon: O’Doherty and Issit 6 Whittaker and Peckford 0, J Forgan and Jake Taylor 7 Dzierozynski and Seaman 0, Cutting and Harvey 4 Fowler and Adrian Studd 0, Bligh and Jameson 0 Ayles and Crisp 1.

Halesworth beat Thorpeness by 14 holes.

Morning (Halesworth names first): Paul Tillett and Mark Henderson 7 Sam May and George Austin 0, Mark Coby and Andrew Higgins 0 Laurence Staff and Jack Cuthbert 1, Gary Taylor and Wayne Jacques 6 David Brown and Mick Cook 0, Will McIntosh and Paul Coby 3 Tony Mardon and James Brinded 0.

Afternoon: M Coby and Higgins 0 Austin and Mardon 6, Tillett and Henderson halved with Cook and Brown, Taylor and Jacques 4 Bob Booker and May 0, P Coby and McIntosh 3 Cuthbert and Staff 0.

Fynn Valley beat Bury St Edmunds by seven holes.

Morning (Fynn Valley names first): Andy Southall and Gary Smythe 2 Craig Nurse and Trevor Titcombe 0, Paul Gray and Reegan Marshall 3 Andy Cunningham and Mike Greener 0, Mark Wilder and Tom Smith 1 Steven Duffety and Steve Lankester 0, Kane Mayes and Traven Abbott 0 Ben Coleman and Roger Nicholson 5.

Afternoon: Southall and Smythe 0 Cunningham and Greener 2, Gray and Marshall 3 Coleman and Nicholson 0, Wilder and Smith 3 Duffety and Jack Lankester 0, Mayes and Abbott 2 Titcombe and Nurse 0.

Hambro Cup semi-finals on neutral venues on August 26: Halesworth v Aldeburgh, Fynn Valley v Stowmarket.

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It was a tense finish at Fynn Valley where their last pair, Wayne Clarke and Gary Hignett, needed to halve the final hole of the match to avoid a play-off.

Quarter-finals: Rushmere beat Stowmarket by 12 holes, Haverhill beat St Clements by 19 holes, Ipswich beat Seckford by nine holes, Fynn Valley beat Rookery Park by two holes.

Semi-finals on neutral venues to be played on August 26. Haverhill v Rushmere; Fynn Valley v Ipswich.

Meanwhile, Suffolk Seniors finished a disappointing third place out of four in the Southern Counties foursomes qualifier at Sheringham.

Suffolk have often done well in this competition in the past and were hopeful of reaching the final at Ealing in September.

This year it will be Norfolk representing the region.

Suffolk won three and lost two matches in the morning but faded in the afternoon. Mark Jackson and Nigel Fosker salvaged a half when all the other Suffolk pairs lost.

Suffolk names first (N denotes Norfolk, Cam denotes Cambridgeshire and B denotes Bedfordshire).

Steve Whymark and Roger Taylor lost to Pattrick and Tavener (N) 6 and 5, lost to Diss and Ryan (Cam) 2 and 1.

Trevor Hellyer and Steve Duffety beat Milton and Ralton (N) 2 and 1, lost to Baldwin and Hughes (Cam) 2 and 1.

Steve Mann and Graham Shillings beat Goodman and Yuill (Cam) 3 and 1, lost to Smith and Banwell one down.

Simon Bearman and Kevin Brooks lost to Hayns and Moore (Cam) one down, lost to Mott and Caunt (B) 6 and 5.

Mark Jackson and Nigel Fosker beat Marshall and Dobson (B) 7 and 6, halved with Hogg and Horley (N).

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