Hethersett cribbage player Christine Sapsford
combined “skill and a sprinkling of luck” to carry off a top Norfolk
Along with Roz Rayner, Chris overcame top class
opposition, to win the Whitbread Knockout pairs title at the Wymondham
and District Cribbage League finals at Hethersett Social Club.
To take the title, Chris and Roz had to win five
matches over a gruelling and mentally sapping five hour session.
Chris and Roz were representing Mulbarton Social
Club against teams from Wymondham Snooker Club, Attleborough Snooker
Club, Swardeston Social Club, Hethersett Social Club, Hethersett
King’s Head, Attleborough Cock, Attleborough White Lodge and Old Buckenham Ox and Plough. A
total of 23 pairs took part in matches consisting of the best of three
Chris and Roz have both been playing crib longer
than they would like to remember. Previously Chris partnered husband
John but found that she had a great understanding with Roz.
“I think we are successful because we don’t
take things too seriously. Win or lose we smile. Cribbage is a mix of
luck and skill. We play an attacking game but in a gentle way. We play
to win and never give up,” the duo said.
They also play for Mulbarton in the league and last
season the club finished fourth out of 10 teams after having a
disastrous start that saw them rooted at the bottom of the table.
It is the first time that members of the club have
won the prestigious pairs shield. Now they have tasted success, however,
Chris and Roz want to help Mulbarton to win either the league or league
team knockout cup.