On July 22 we took a team of 8 to play a friendly game at Bishop Monkton, a village in Yorkshire between Ripon and Harrogate.
The format was 7 rounds of four 30-minute games of doubles arranged so that each player partnered everyone else in their team over the day and everyone faced all of the opposing team at some time.
As has been the occasion too much in 2015, the day had a number of rather wet spells resulting in an extended lunch break and a spell of “leaping frogs” (don’t ask).
Our hosts were extremely welcoming, but we lost 92-117 on hoops scored over the day.
It is also worth noting that a village of around 700 souls has wonderful community sports and social facilities far better than anything that Durham City can offer.