The biggest day of many of our lives had arrived! The famous USA1 squad.
Their regular style is to play their sponsor; Nick Nickell for the first two sets out of six. He then tends to sit back and watch.
We won both the first two sets to take a 17IMP lead. Chris Jagger and Jeffrey Allerton played both sets and played really, really well.
There is one board still outstanding where we have asked for a ruling - we will await clarification on this tomorrow.
The third set saw the other two pairs take on their big four players. We achieved a near blitz! 53-7. Fantastic stuff. Look at the form we were in:
A spirited auction:
P 1H P 1S
P 2S X XX
2NT 3S P P
4C P P X
Tony Forrester found a sharp double and Andrew Robson proved well up to the mark. He led his singleton diamond to the K, then played AD (on reflection the A then K is better as suit preference). Tony then returned the diamond T as suit preference for Andrew to ruff. He was up to the job - under-leading his spade A in an instant for another diamond ruff. MAGNIFICENT - 12 imps to us.
Overnight we have a healthy 63 imp lead. It’s a terrific start - but tomorrow will be a huge day for us as their world class team will attempt to come roaring back.
I note at the moment that all the England teams are doing ok - what an amazing achievement it would be to get all four teams into the semi-finals.