Crouch team wins Gold Cup

The prestigious Gold Cup, organised by Bridge Great Britain, has been won by Peter Crouch, Anita Sinclair, Zia Mahmood, Marion Michielsen, Simon Cope & Glyn Liggins. The team, minus Anita, are pictured receiving the trophy from BGB's Sandra Claridge.

They defeated Jeremy Dhondy, Ian Pagan, Heather Dhondy & Brian Callaghan (pictured here) by 33 IMPs in the final. The defeated semi-finalists were the Green and Cliffe teams.

This was Peter's seventh success in the competition, moving him to equal fourth on the list of most victories. Only Tony Forrester (13), Boris Schapiro (11) and Terence Reese (8) have won more often. It was a third victory for Zia, a second for Simon and Glyn, and first for Anita and Marion.

The Gold Cup provided the first scores in the EBU's Player of the Year Championship, with the Crouch team taking an early lead. The next scoring event is the Two Star Pairs at the Autumn Festival.