Suffolk golfers rely on unchanged side
SUFFOLK rely on an unchanged side for their Anglian League match against Leicestershire at Luffenham Heath on Sunday.The players who defeated Northamptonshire 9-3 at Rookery Park are on duty again against a county who, as Midlands champions, have reached the semi-finals of the County Championship to be played at Cleveland Golf Club at Redcar between September 28 and 30.
By Tony Garnett
SUFFOLK rely on an unchanged side for their Anglian League match against Leicestershire at Luffenham Heath on Sunday.
The players who defeated Northamptonshire 9-3 at Rookery Park are on duty again against a county who, as Midlands champions, have reached the semi-finals of the County Championship to be played at Cleveland Golf Club at Redcar between September 28 and 30.Leicestershire's top players have not always been available for Anglian League matches this season which is why they have already lost to Lincolnshire and Norfolk. Their team selection will make all the difference.
The provisional Leicestershire team includes two of their stars, Neil Chaudhuri and Jason Palmer. Chaudhuri, though, has been selected to represent the English Golf Union in the Czech Amateur Championship at the Astoria Golf Resort at Cihelny by Karlovy Vary in Western Bohemia between August 8 and 11.
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Palmer is one of England's leading amateurs. He was Italian amateur champion last year when he also reached the quarter-finals of the Amateur Championships at Royal St Georges. Earlier this year he was competing in Australia.
Suffolk's confidence is high after three successive wins against Cambridgshire, Norfolk and Northamptonshire. Three Fynn Valley players and three from Stoke by Nayland form the backbone of the side. Jamie Abbott, Bradley Wilkins and Chris Smith are the Fynn Valley first team regulars while Stoke by Nayland provide Michael Swan and the Brace brothers, Scott and Liam, all of whom have an excellent record at county level this year.
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James Reiss of Aldeburgh and Will Wright of Rushmere complete the team that is currently without 2006 Suffolk champion Alex Holmes of Gorleston who is going through a lean spell.
The provisional Leicestershire team is: Jason Palmer and Charles Ford (Kirby Muxloe), Neil Chaudhuri (The Leicestershire), Liam Plant and Matt Bolton (Cosby), Martin Anderson (Kibworth), Richard Wells (Beedles Lake) and Paul Dixon (Willesley Park).
Whatever the result against Leicestershire, Suffolk still control matters in the Anglian League knowing that victory over Lincolnshire in the final match of the season at Hintlesham on September 9 would assure them of the title..
The second team match on Sunday will be at Bungay. Phil Vincent from the host club makes his debut, a well-deserved honour after reaching the final of the President's Mashie at Gorleston with a run that included victories over Chris Smith and Michael Swan. He took Scott Brace to the 18th green in a well contested final.
Jack Jowers, the 16-year-old who won the Silver Barrel at Ipswich with two rounds of 68, is also promoted to a team that sees the return of Alex Stanley of Aldeburgh to county duty after spending the earlier part of the summer concentrating on his exams at Durham University.
Paul and Hugo Dobson are both unavailable because they are playing in the North of England Youth Championship at Middlesbrough.
Teams at Bungay
Suffolk 2nd: Kevin Eagle and Tom Wright (Rushmere), David Quinney (Haverhill), Alex Stanley (Aldeburgh), Jack Jowers (Ipswich), Andy Collett (Bury St Edmunds), Owen Pearl (Stoke by Nayland), Phil Vincent (Bungay).
Leicestershire 2nd: *Kieran Thomas (Hinckley), *Matt Whelband, Richard Meek (The Leicestershire), Jeff Collington (Cosby), Jim Longstaff (Park Hall), Adam Dalby, Michael Reed, Stuart Marriott (Birstall). *On stand-by for first team.
Reserves: Greg Easton, Sam Bates (Kirby Muxloe), Neil Sharpe (Rothley Park), Scott Wormleighton, Chris Webb (Birstall).