Stoke’s run is halted in a play-off

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Stoke-by-Nayland Golf Club’s historic run in the Mail on Sunday National Golf Club Classic ended after losing a play-off against Thorpe Hall.

In difficult wet and windy conditions, Ian Collett teed off first on the Constable course and gave Stoke an early 1-0 lead.

Ian Smith halved the second match before Richard Bland tasted defeat to see Thorpe level the tie.

After Tim Dickins lost it was left to Trevor Warren to win his match to take it to a play-off, and the Stoke golfer duly obliged to see the scores tied at 2.5 all.

The duo returned to the first tee for the play-off, and after holes one and two were halved, the Thorpe player scored an impressive par on the third hole.

Warren was unable to match it, meaning Stoke’s furthest ever run in the competition came to an end at the last 32 stage.

n Stoke-by-Nayland booked their place in the last four of the Essex Golf Union Norman Plum Trophy with a 4-2 win over Boyce Hill.

As with all the previous rounds, the quarter–final was very competitive, but played in a very good spirit.

At Boyce Hill Stoke captain John Sandford paired up Tim Dickens and Dean Brace and they repaid him with a win on the 18th hole.

Ian Benson and Trevor Warren faced very strong opposition and were, unfortunately, beaten 3&2.

The final pairing of Paul Nuttall and Keith Hodgson, who were playing together for the first time, came through with a very important half.

At home, the in-form pairing of Dan Brown and Dan Goddard won again as did second out, Gary Thompson and Chris Williamson.

Newcomers Karl Cansdale and Kyle Worster faced a Boyce Hill pair who birdied the first three holes, but they held on to earn a very creditable halved match.

The reward for Stoke-by-Nayland is a semi-final against Abridge on August 16.

The second semi-final will be contested by Chigwell and, 2014 winners, The Essex.