We were the only Scottish team drawn against an England team and we decided to play at their venue despite the distances involved. For Harry this meant about 4 hours travelling each way, but just over 1.5 hours for me. Alex left even earlier than Harry, coming up from south-east London but stayed overnight and had a leisurely train back today.
The set scores were 15-10, 47-30, 24-14, 15-12, 20-1 and 11-10 to win 132-77 IMPs. Pleasingly we won every set.
We gained 10 IMPs in the first set when we reached the right game and managed to make it.
Unsurprisingly a spade was led. Clearly the contract needs the ♦A onside. The simple overcall and the leap by a passed hand suggested that North would be more distributional so I led a club to the ♣K. North indeed showed out, so I discarded a heart on the ace of spades and led a diamond. South ducked so I played my ♦K and continued the suit. The defence cannot prevent the diamond ruff and subsequent club finesse for the contract.
In the other room less preemption saw the opponents finish in 4♥, which did not make.
In each of the first four sets Alex and I bid a thin game missed at the other table and this was a major contribution to the win. Disappointedly we misdefended a couple of games but Harry and Finlay were solid throughout and we always had the momentum in the match.
There will be four Scottish teams in the round of 32, Short and Sime being seeded, but Harry believes we'll be drawn against English teams.
Update: Harry was wrong and we play McGinley (the new #16 seed after beating Sime) in the next round.