A dream day!
We started the day in 7th place and were looking for a good day to give us a cushion as the last 2 days are tricky.
In the first match we played Pakistan and a string of huge results from Catherine and Gillian combined with an error free card from Nicola and Yvonne meant we won 19.85 to -0.10 despite them missing a slam they really should have bid. Pakistan were fined 0.25 VP for late arrival, hence them actually getting minus VPs in the match.
Match 2 we played China who are leading and look very strong. I sent in Catherine and Gillian again, with Heather and Nevena. Mentally I was hoping for 7 or more VPs, just wanting to avoid a bid loss. With two boards to go not much had happened and we trailed by an imp.Suddenly we missed a decent slam on these cards:
China though, bid 7H and although they can make it they fail to guess the QXx heart onside and we actually win a swing.
Then on the last board Nevena found herself in 4H after south LHO had made a takeout double:
And did very well to make it by guessing hearts with J9x onside. In the other room they went down so we ended up winning by 25 IMPs and almost 16VPs! So much for hoping for 7VPs or more - what a pessimistic captain I am.
We are currently playing South Africa and are up 50-7 after 10 boards and in 3rd place so I am very happy with my team.We have 5 matches left and they are not easy.Not in order: USA 1 and 2, Denmark, Brazil and high flying Japan.
We eventually beat South Africa by 58 imps scoring 19.85 VPs twice in the same day.
With scores of:
We have scored 55.62 out of 60 on the day and are now 3rd almost a match clear of 9th. (Top 8 is what matters most).
Japan, Brazil and USA1 is a tough day tomorrow.