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Posted: 10.02.13



FINAL Yorkshire 2 Dorset 1

No strangers to wining county titles, Yorkshire added the inaugural Racketball Over 40 category to their long list of honours, but they had to come from behind to do so. Dorset drew first blood when 3rs string Colin Bunch beat Andy Wood 3-0. This put pressure on the Yorkshire captain and 1st string David Lord, but he dealt with it admirably as he despatched Paul Taylor 3-0. The outcome of the title rested on the 2nd string battle between Neil Baldwin and Dorset stalwart Mark Hurd. Baldwin started the better winning the 1st 11/4, but Hurd dug in and took the 2nd 12/10. Baldwin took the 3rd to go 2-1 up and finally clinched the title for Yorkshire winning a hard fought 4th game 11/9.

David Lord bt Paul Taylor 3-0 11/6 11/6 11/6 21mins
Neil Baldwin bt Mark Hurd 3-1 11/4 10/12 11/4 11/9 45mins
Andy Wood lst Colin Brunch 1-3 5/11 11/4 7/11 7/11 28mins

3/4 Place Play Off Derbyshire 2 Warwickshire 1

Captain and 3rd string Nigel Millington got Derbyshire off to a good start with a tough 3-2 win over Tony Howarth. 1st string Jason Fearn then gave Derbyshire 3rd spot when he beat Paul Chadwick. 2nd string Richard Lucas fought of a strong challenge from Mark Bramley to stave off the whitewash winning 3-2

5/6 Place Play Off Merseyside 2 Lancashire 1

Kevin Morrison set Merseyside on their way with a 3-1 victory over Geoff Wilcox at 3rd string. The first string match was a battle royal between Paul Brooks and Glen Ragou, with Brooks eventually clinching it 3-2 after 50 enthralling minutes. This gave Merseyside an unassailable lead and they finished in 5th place. In the dead rubber 2nd string match Steve Kaye battled to a hard fought 3-2 win for Lancashire over Mike Fleming