Winchester were just too strong for Phyllis Court today and beat them convincingly 5 – 0 (with two rubbers tied). Fielding a formidable line-up of two scratch players (Nigel Hind & Robert Barnacle) and two AC specialists playing off GC handicaps of 2 (James Tuttiett & David Nicholson), Winchester out gunned Phyllis Court on paper and then on grass as well. PCC’s Chris Roberts drew his singles rubber with Tuttiett after failing to seal victory with an appallingly short shot to the 13th, and together with Mike Fensome, the visiting pair managed another draw in the doubles. Barnacle was taken to a third game by Helen Fensome but eventually won that rubber and it was straight games wins in all the other singles ties, with Frances Colman taking Nigel Hynd to the 13th hoop but eventually falling just short.
Winchester will now play in the National Final on 29th Sept. at a venue to be decided, and they will face either Ashby or Dulwich.