On Wednesday 19th February, our team (Sidcup 3) played Petts Wood 4 in a match which, if they had won, would see them into the Semi-Finals as winners of the division with 3 matches left to play and winning 5 out of 5.
The evening did not start off too well for Petts Wood when they defaulted on board 4 and the evening gradually got worse for them. The first match to finish was David Gilbert (132) stepping in for an unwell Ken Smith and managing a draw against Paul Jones (127). Then Lee Brockwell (109) had a good win against their captain Phil Wheeler (116) and finally Sarah Walker-Buckton (98) won a hard fought game and was up against the clock at the and with 2 minutes to spare. She managed to queen her 2 past pawn’s and checkmated Victor Jamroz (97) to round off a very successful evening .
With 3 matches left to play, we saw our third team winning the Tom Fuller Met Section and can now look forward to a home tie against the runners up of Mid Kent section.