On a day that threatened rain the Hampshire GC Seniors turned out to play Dummer in a recent friendly match.

Again led by vice captain Alan Dixon, he and Bob Houghton were playing the opposing captain carrying an injury and the pair kept a really tight hold on the game, and playing excellent golf they never lost an early lead to win convincingly 6 and 5.

Ted Richards and debutant Nick George, who played a good first game won 3 and 2 and John Dawson and Norman French claimed a hard fought half.

Dave Sanders and Rob Perkins picked up the baton and won 3 & 2 and yet another convincing win followed as Richard Hale and Barrie Thompson matched the first pair by winning 6 and 5.

Both teams had put out a strong final pair and after a hard fought round Dean Cresswell and Vince Klass maintained the no loss pattern, not winning but gaining a good half on the last hole.

The result was a resounding 5-1 win for the Hampshire In their latest friendly match, the seniors were well and truly beaten at Leckford despite having Klass and Cresswell, who are members of both clubs, in the team.

The first pair out was Dixon and Houghton and they lost 5 and 4 having never been in the match, struggling with the vagaries of the greens, which were excellent.

However the home pairing did play well. Cresswell and Fred Keylock followed and they fought hard but eventually lost on the last to a chip in from off the green to lose by one down.

John Rogers and Phil Jones were down early on and although pulling back at times eventually lost 2 and 1 and Klass and George were the next victims but the luck was again with Leckford as their high handicapper played well above expectations and yet another match was lost; this one 4 and 3.

Nigel Page and Ron Wake both knew the course but it would appear a little more homework is required from both of them as they slipped to the heaviest defeat, 6 and 5.

The final pair of Thompson and Hale staved off a whitewash as they recorded the Hampshire’s only win by 4 and 3 with the final score 5-1 to Leckford.