Maver Midlands and Kamasan Sensas Starlets have qualified for the big-money Match Fishing Team Championship at this year's Evesham Festival. Fourteen teams of five slogged it out on a difficult River Avon that was badly affected by clear water, sunshine and strong winds.
It was the increasingly impressive Maver Midlands squad that won the day with a solid 57-point score. The team, consisting of Matt Haines, Dave Lloyd, Dave White, Jordan Hall and Jon Arthur, put on a consistent display with no-one lower than sixth in their 14-peg sections. A section win, a third, two fourths and a sixth was more than enough to see them through to the lucrative final. Team tactics revolved around catching everything that swims, with bonus eels and perch playing a vital part in catches.
Six points behind was Kamasan Sensas Starlets on 51 points, who also put together a thorough team effort. Again perch and eels formed the bulk of their catches. The squad consisted of Scott Geens, Paul Downes, Ed Warren, Rory Jones and Matt Derry.
On the individual front, Steve Townsend took the spoils with just 6lb 1oz 8dr. The Drennan Banbury Gunsmiths rod had a net of mostly eels plus two quality roach on hemp from Peg 40.
Andy Gregory was second with 4lb 15oz from Peg 2.
With just 4lb 3oz needed to frame, the anglers will all be hoping for better sport and much needed rain for next weekend's individual qualifiers!
1st Maver Midlands – 57pts
2nd Kamasan Sensas Starlets – 51pts
3rd Milo Bordon Red – 48pts
4th WB Clarke – 46pts
1 Steve Townsend (Drennan Banbury Gunsmiths) 6-1-8 (Peg 40)
2 Andy Gregory (Milo Bordon Red) 4-15-0 (Peg 2)
3 Paul Norledge (WB Clarke) 4-12-0 (Peg 1)
4=Rory Jones (Kamasan Sensas Starlets) 4-3-0 (Peg 68)
4=A Ike (WB Clarke) 4-3-0 (Peg 23)