At this stage in the season, Redcar were definitely in the driving seat for a league and cup double, especially as we had already beaten Middlesbrough Rooks in both competitions. It is, however, a big mistake to relax the efforts before the job is done and we were very aware that just one match defeat would reignite the title chase.
|SM vs. David Oates (Darlington)|
|Bob Harding (Westgarth) vs. SM|
|SM vs. Bob Harding (Westgarth)|
|SM vs. Mike Hardman (Great Ayton)|
|Steve Dauber (Darlington) vs. SM|
We both missed stronger continuations in my time trouble but in this position the advantage is with Black, despite the material discrepancy. 28 ...Nxg3+ lights the blue touch paper. What cannot play 29 hxg3 due to 29 ...Qh3+ and 30 ...Qg2 checkmate, so he tried to run away with his king with 29 Kg1, but there was nowhere to hide. 0-1, 34.
This brought my personal score for the season to 15/15 and increased my grade again, this time to 221.
Thus Redcar A won the Cleveland A Division and the Tom Wise Knockout Cup.
I have yet to make a decision on whether or not to play again for the 2016-7 season.