The only match arranged in the EACF Handicap League before the end of April was played in chilly, but otherwise ideal conditions, between our 2 teams captained by David Dawsey for the Greens and Judith Hand for the Blues. The opening doubles matches were shared and after the first 8 singles, when we had a break for lunch, the teams were level at 5 games all. However the afternoon series of a further 8 singles saw the Greens overcome the Blues by 7 games to 1 thus ensuring a comfortable win for the “home ” team. Apart from the players who have played in previous years it was good to see Deborah Clarke (+10) for the Blues, and for the Greens Linda Murrell (+11) and Ernie Bailey (+11) all enjoying some success as they made their debuts in this competition. Particular mention should be made of Ernie’s achievement in winning all 4 of his singles including a great approach shot to the 13th hoop, and, amidst much applause, a successful running of the hoop, when playing the final match of the afternoon as the sun came out to finally warm up those taking refreshments. Final score Chelmsford Green 12 (114 hoops) Chelmsford Blue 6 (86 hoops).