Middlesex left their fight back to late on Saturday as they lost their opening game of the 2018 Home Counties League Campaign.

 Surrey BA were welcomed to Ladygate BC on a glorious early summers morning. Apparently the lovely day was welcomed by some couple enjoying some celebration or other over Windsor way!! Both counties would like to thank the Ladygate catering volunteers who produced lovely bacon baps for all to indulge in.

 Before the game team Manager Ray Fortune and Captain John Sweeney gathered the players for some inspirational words of encouragement and to welcome Poplarís Grant Aldridge who was making his Home Counties bow.

 The green itself played at a good speed for early in the season but evidently many players found the lines a bit tricky at times. It was found by those playing back end that once in trouble it was very hard to get out of it!!

 The game itself saw Middlesex well behind at various stages but they fought hard and although Middlesex finished with 4 winning rinks it was not enough to gain overall victory losing 110-122.

 The 8 points that Middlesex gained from their tight rink wins could, however, prove vital down the stretch if positive results are achieved elsewhere.

 Winning rinks for Middlesex were David Norton (Hendon), Grant Aldridge (Poplar), Rod Smith (Holtwhites) and John Sweeney (Hendon) who won 22-21; Anthony Lam (North London), Barry Burgess (Brentham), David Pitt (Masonian) and Phil Sutcliffe (Brentham) winning 19-18; Jay Head (West Ealing), Colin Pink (Broomfield), Rob Hackwell (Ashford) and Paul Cater (West Ealing) winning 17-16.

 Top rink was Glen Adams (Hendon), Paul Wilsher (West Ealing), Russell Rooks (Rosedale Park) and Tony Waller (Ladygate) who won 27-22 in a topsy turvy game.

In the days other games Berkshire beat Buckinghamshire 16-6 to lead the fledgling table with 2 wins from 2 and 34 points. Kent opened their campaign with an 18-4 win away to Sussex at Popes Mead to slide quietly into 3rd behind Surrey who have now also won both their opening games in defence of their title. 

Next up for Middlesex is the long trip down to Eastbourne to play Sussex BA on May 26th. Sussex have lost both their games to date 18-4 and Middlesex will be keen to inflict something similar on them next week.

 Preview in due course.