June 2019 English Bridge
The National Pairs competition, which took place
in early April, was won by Jeffrey Allerton &
Frances Hinden. Fifty pairs qualified for the
National Final from the Regional Finals, and
Frances & Jeffrey finished atop the rankings after
two days of play. Sue Oakford & Rod Oakford
came second and David Kendrick & Simon
Mostyn finished third. The National Pairs is part
of the Championship Series of competitions, with
results counting towards the Player of the Year
title. The victory moved them up to joint 14th.
The Portland Bowl Finals took place in mid-April
at the world famous Portland Club in London.
The competition pits university teams from across
the country against each other. In the final
Durham A beat Cambridge B after a spectacular
scoring blaze in the last eight boards. The team,
from left, was Edmund Lea, Charles Bucknell
(capt), Christopher Kemp, [Chairman of the
Portland Club], Dominic Price and Euan Sarson.
This is Durham's third victory, with the last one in
2008. Cambridge has won the event in the last six
years, with Cambridge B winning the last five.
In the semi-finals Cambridge B beat Cambridge
A, while Durham A beat UCL B. UCL B conceded
to Cambridge A in the third-place playoff.
DURHAM WINS PORTLAND BOWL
Congratulations to Peter Crouch and Alex Hydes
(left and second left) who were part of the Wolfson
team which won the Vanderbilt teams, one of the
most prestigious competitions on the American
bridge calendar. The other team members were
Jeff Wolfson, Mike Becker, Mike Kamil & Steve
Garner. Originally seeded 17th, they finished an
impressive run by toppling the 2nd seeded Nickell
team. A commentary of the event can be read on
English bridge player Espen Erichsen also led his
team to victory in the Jacoby Open Swiss event.
His team mates were Tony Leibowitz, Christian
Bakke and Tor Eivind Grude.
The Shapiro Spring Fours took place in early May.
Mossop team won the main trophy having lost
only one match. The final was a very close affair
between all-England Mossop, comprising Jason
Hackett, Justin Hackett, Alex Hydes, Ed Jones,
David Mossop & Tom Paske, and the AngloGerman
Amalia team which consisted of Kevin
Castner, Paul Gruenke, Phil King & Roland
The results of the consolation Punchbowl and the
Hamilton Cup can be found on
SCHAPIRO SPRING FOURS