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Cambridgeshire take victory in the Anglian League. Picture: Laura Goodman
Cambridgeshire take victory in the Anglian League. Picture: Laura Goodman

Graham Goodman has hailed the never-say-die attitude of Cambridgeshire after securing only the third Anglian League title in their history.

In the penultimate match of the season, they were out to emulate the sides of 2001 and 2013, and also the senior side, who wrapped up their own Anglian League crown last month.

The team from Cambridgeshire Area Golf Union had won their first three matches this season, and were up against Leicestershire & Rutland at the Links Golf Club, Newmarket.

Gog Magog’s Ed Dimambro and George Howard were involved in a tight battle in the first foursomes game, going two down early on before battling back to all square.

They were one down on the 17th tee, but won that and then Dimambro birdied the 18th to get Cambs’ first point.

Ely City’s Luke Ryan and Gog Magog’s Tom Rogers continued their unbeaten foursomes pairing in the league with an impressive 4&3 victory, including an eagle on the fifth and birdies on the ninth and 11th.

Craig Thorburn and Paul Hodgkin were six up through six holes and further birdies on the 11th and 12th gave them an 8&6 triumph.

Defeat for Toby Crisp and Owen Davies, captain of the winning squad in 2013, meant that Cambs had a 3-1 lead at lunch.

In the singles, current skipper Dimambro recovered from three down through seven holes to win one up.

Howard opened with a birdie on the first to win 6&5 and county champion Ryan lost the first two holes but an eagle on the fifth and 30ft putt on the 15th led to a one up victory.

It put Cambs 6-1 ahead, with five matches still to go.

Hodgkin lost 2&1, but five birdies in the opening 11 holes guided Rogers to a 4&2 win to give Cambs an unassailable lead.

Crisp birdied 13 and 15 to secure a two up triumph, Thorburn ended bogey free the whole day to run out a 4&3 winner but Davies was beaten 4&3.

Cambridgeshire take victory in the Anglian League. Picture: Laura Goodman
Cambridgeshire take victory in the Anglian League. Picture: Laura Goodman

Cambs team manager Goodman, who also played and captained the team who won the Anglia Seniors’ League for the first time, said: “We changed the structure of county golf last year and this provided the catalyst to us winning the league.

“After a successful winter series and an away victory against Bedfordshire, the team hit the league season running.

“We won the first four games, which proved an unassailable position. The key to our success has been the winning spirit of the team and never-say-die attitude.

“Praise must go to captains Ed Dimambro, Owen Davies and also the never-ending support of county president David Orwell.

“Thanks also go to Links GC for hosting the winning fixture.”



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