Maldon Lakeside, represented by Karen Davies, Sue Jackman, Graham Parker and Tony White, travelled to Writtle on 20 August to play Chelmsford in the East Anglian Handicap league.
Lakeside leapt into an immediate lead when Chelmsford had to forfeit a doubles match because one of their players got his dates mixed up and was very late in arriving. But Chelmsford won the other doubles and 5 of the 8 singles games in the first two rounds to lead 6 – 4 at the lunch break. The gap widened after lunch with Lakeside only winning 1 of the first 4 games. Lakeside could still have drawn the match by winning all 4 games in the final round, but in the event only won 1, leaving the final match score at Chelmsford 12, Lakeside 6.
The hoop score was 103 to 91 to Chelmsford, reflecting some very close games. Three went to the golden hoop and 2 were timed out with Chelmsford winning 6 – 5 in both. Lakeside certainly had their moments, but overall were clearly not as good as the home team on lawns that were rather more finely manicured than the ones Lakeside were accustomed to.