Being one off the bottom of the division is not a great place to be, but still having to play three of the other relegation hopefuls means a reasonable chance of avoiding the bottom two slots and the dreaded
Miro and I had a reasonable game, finishing +2,420 on aggregate. Meeting Christine and Carolyn on the way out, they were about +1,600 sitting in the other direction so it seemed like we'd have a big win. So it was surprising to find that the win was only +700, just about the minimum for a full win (being aggregate scoring, you need to win by 2% of the total score for a 'full' win, otherwise it is classified as a winning draw).
Our team mates though were not looking sheepish, rather just interested in how on earth we had achieved such a score. We knew that our opponents had missed three games, but only one was a bad effort and the others needed a fair amount of luck. Our performance had been solid though we did defend very soundly and perhaps this was the difference.
Looking at the hand records, the par score was +720 in our direction, which seemed about right. However achieving par can sometimes only be done by seeing all four hands, although overall you hope that it balances out. We failed to achieve par on two slam hands, but I think you'd all agree that these are not easy hands to get to par:
Pretty tough to get to 6♦.
Hard to bid the small slam, let alone the par score of the grand slam.
Still a win is a much needed win. We'll all be back on Monday evening to try and ensure our top division status.