|It was a more confident Nelson side that won the points at Preston than any the followers of the game have seen this season. Pickles showed the way when he defeated T. Morely 21-12, 21-12, after Stevens had taken R. Gearing, Prestons No.1 to three games only to be beaten 11-21, 21-19, 13-21. Kabrna then faced H. Mattinson and a terrific battle brought the crowd to its feet. The Prestonian took the first game 21-16, but, playing brilliantly, the Nelsonian pulled up to take the second 21-17. The third produced more thrills than many international matches I have seen, and only after a grim struggle did Mattinson make it Preston 2 Nelson 1. Stevens then defeated Morely 21-15, 21-17 to even the score, and Kabrna gained the verdict against Gearing 21-16, 21-19, to give Nelson the lead. The Preston doubles pair, Mattinson and Pride, proved to have all the answers to the wiles of Pickles and Stevens, and again the match was level at 3 all.
Pickles then producing amazing form against Mattinson, his defence nigh impenetrable, he repeatedly went in and counter-attacked off his opponents smashes, leaving him helpless, and Nelson took the lead 4-3. Kabrna increased it when he defeated Morely 21-14, 21-19, but Mattinson reduced the home teams arrears when he beat Stevens 21-7, 21-19.
Pickles faced Gearing in the final set, and from the start assumed his most aggressive mood. Gearing could not combat this lightning attack and Nelson notched their first victory of the season when he went down in two straight games 21-11, 21-14.
Inspired by their victory at Preston, the Nelson team faced their "Wilmott" Cup opponents, Chester, on Friday, with confidence.
From the commencement it was obvious that the Nelson side were on form and that W. Davies and Co. would have their work cut out to win.
Steadily the Nelson players pressed home their superiority, and only Devine, the Cheshire County player, met with any success. He defeated both Kabrna and Stevens, but had to fight all the way, each set going to three games.
Pickles, brilliant on attack or defence, proved too much for his opponents and defeated Devine 21-14, 16-21, 21-15; Cadman 21-9, 22-20 and Dean 21-19, 21-17. Stevens two victories were over Cadman 21-18, 21-10 and Dean 22-20, 21-17, while Kabrna again produced clever variation of attack and defence to gain the verdict against Cadman 21-9, 21-9 and Dean 23-21, 21-16