Sunday 3rd August 2014 & a team of 12 Cambridgeshire Archers went off to contest the Cambs Vs Beds County match which was being held at Redbourne College, Ampthill, Bedfordshire.
The Team were shooting a selection of York, Hereford & Bristol III rounds, 12 dozen arrows, so it was going to be a long day. The weather was bright & hot but there was also a wicked wind that seemed to change direction as you went down the range making it difficult for everyone. The hosts had setup a running score system so scores at the halfway stage were available on the leaderboard. Whilst the team scores were not directly available, it was looking close at this point.
The weather kept up for the afternoon although there was the occasional respite from the sun courtesy of a few clouds. Team members stuck to the cause & steady scoring continued throughout the session.
The team results were read out by discipline with Cambs winning the Senior Gents & Ladies Recurve category by a decent margin. Cambs Senior Gents & Lady Compound category was very close with Beds winning by a very narrow margin. Senior Gents Longbow was comfortably won by Cambs whilst the Junior Boy/Girl Recurve category was also won by Cambs. The overall team result was Cambs 9374 with Beds 8906. So a win for Cambs by 468.
The last time the Cambs Team name appears on the Silver Salver was the inaugural year of 2004!
A fantastic team effort made even more amazing given that a number of members were representing County for the first time. Congratulations to you all.
Team members: Richard Whiter, Jenny Allcock, Isabel Lee, James Bridges, Kevin Jacobs, Daniel Dace, Stephen Haynes, John Gorman, Maryia Karpiyevic, Tak Ho, Shaun Jacobs (Captain) & Helen Darby-Smythe.