The 2014 Mercia Match
After the 2013 match, the counties agreed to move the date for the next match to 31st August to take it clear of the crowded June fullbore shooting calendar and hopefully increase the participation. In the event the result was disappointing. Again Derbyshire fielded a full team of 15 with the best 10 to count; but Lincolnshire had only 14 and Northants 11. Sadly Nottinghamshire were unable to raise the minimum 10 required. Lincolnshire again fielded a full Ladies team of 4. Derbyshire had a full team of two Juniors.
The final result was excitingly close, there being but one point separating the winning County Team of Lincolnshire from Derbyshire. Lincolnshire also won the Ladies Match unopposed. Derbyshire's Junior Team similarly won their match.
The final scores for the county teams out of 6000 were as follows:
Click here for detailed scores for each team.
After the match the county captains agreed to return the match to its traditional date in June; so please make a note in next year's diary. The 2015 match will take place on June 14th and the venue will be Sywell Shooting Ground situated between Kettering and Northampton.