The Cumbria Club lose

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The Independent Online

The Cumbria Club from Carlisle missed the inspiration of their world champion captain, John Bell, when they were beaten 23-15 by John Wickham's team from Teignbridge, Devon, in the first round of the triples at the English Indoor Championships at Melton Mowbray yesterday. Bell withdrew from the championship because of work commitments with Carlisle City Council and was replaced by the 52-year-old Paddy Watters, who had never played in the All-England finals.