THE first round of the PAV Trophy did not involve any of the big hitters. These enter in round two on May 21. Meanwhile, of the 16 opening ties of the Sussex Inter-Club Matchplay championship played on Saturday, several performances suggested there could be upsets ahead for past titleholders.
Crowborough Beacon’s 11-1 demolition of East Brighton means they take on trophy holders East Sussex National at Little Horsted. On paper it looks as though ESN can progress without too much trouble. Ian Adams, the Beacon team captain admitted: “We have a very tough match coming up there. But we have a very strong team this year, particularly at home.”
East Brighton, 1999 trophy winners, don’t often crash 11-1 but the team lacked the steadying influence of old hands while stalwart Paul Plant has joined The Dyke.
Ham Manor beat Lindfield 9-3 and now face another away tie, this time to a tough match at East Blatchington where Seaford are hard to crack.
RESULTS (1st Rd): Mid Sussex lost to Chichester 6.5-5.5; Lindfield lost to Ham Manor 9-3; Brighton & Hove beat Holtye 9.5-2.5; Seaford Head beat Hollingbury Park 7-5; West Sussex beat Waterhall 10.5-1.5; Crowborough Beacon beat East Brighton 11-1; Highwoods lost to The Nevill 8.5-3.5; Peacehaven beat Piltdown 9.5-2.5; Rustington beat Royal Ashdown Forest 7-5; Selsey beat Ifield 7.5-4.5; Bognor beat Pyecombe 6.5-5.5; The Dyke beat Hassocks 12-0; West Hove beat Cooden Beach 9-3; Eastbourne Downs beat Boars Head 9-3; Chartham Park beat Dale Hill 8.5-3.5.
Revised 2nd round draw (matches to be played May 21): The Nevill v Slinfold Park; Singing Hills v Brighton & Hove; Littlehampton v Haywards Heath; West Hove v Cowdray Park; Eastbourne Downs v Hill Barn; Worthing v West Sussex; Chichester v Beauport Park; Peacehaven v Sedlescombe; Seaford Head v Rustington; Copthorne v The Dyke; Royal Eastbourne v Lewes; Bognor v Willingdon; Chartham Park v Mannings Heath; Sweetwoods Park v Selsey; Seaford v Ham Manor; East Sussex National v Crowborough Beacon.