An all-girls team of Judith (4) June (9) Anne (10) and Deborah (14) at long last obtained a convincing win on a day when the temperature reached 30 degrees centigrade in Writtle. Maldon’s team of Peter Marven (10) Shirley Wallis (10) Richard Wallis (11) and Colin Beckett (12) started well by sharing the doubles but by lunchtime Chelmsford had established a 9-1 lead as they took all 8 singles. The afternoon saw a slight improvement in Maldon’s fortunes with Richard and Shirley winning 2 games for the visitors. Final score Chelmsford Blue 15 (119 hoops) Maldon Lakeside 3 (86 hoops). Star player for Chelmsford Blue was Deborah with 4 singles wins and a half share in a doubles win with Judith. One has to admire the way in which all the games were played bearing in mind the conditions which were really too hot the whole day.