Golf: Sansome bags a hat-trick
Steve Sansome has topped the Leicestershire Order of Merit for the third successive year after a highly successful campaign.
The Birstall golfer won several of the county 'majors' during the past 12 months, as well as making a good contribution to the Leicestershire first team.
His overall total of 550.5 points saw him finish well clear of his rivals in the final table.
The opening event was an inter-county friendly against Worcestershire in early March, and the Order of Merit was not concluded until the full Anglian League games were completed.
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Sansome won the County Matchplay Championship for the Wykes Bowl for a record-breaking sixth time, beating Cosby's Liam Plant in the final at Rothley Park.
Just before his success in the Wykes Bowl, Sansome claimed the Leicestershire Fox crown for the first time in his career at Willesley Park, despite competing in this top tournament regularly over the years.
Those were two highlights of a campaign in which Sansome was again a highly-consistent performer for Leicestershire, including taking the scratch award with club-mate Paul Frith in the John Cheatle Foursomes.
Plant was Sansome's closest challenger in the Order of Merit with his 429.5 points, with Martin Anderson (Kibworth) third on 384.5 and County Open champion Ashley Mason (Glen Gorse) fourth on 335.
Cosby's James Billingham was fifth on 250, with Paul Dixon (Willesley Park) sixth on 249, and David Gibson (Cosby), winner of the County Championship for a record ninth time, seventh on 246.
Shaun Corby (Whetstone) was eighth on 238, Jack Mayfield (Kilworth Springs) ninth on 219.5, with Oli Willson (Park Hill), 210, completing the top 10.
The County Alliance tournament due to be played at Kirby Muxloe today was called off early in the week because of the snow-covered course. This follows the cancellation of the previous week's meeting at Kilworth Springs, where the course was also closed.
Alliance secretary Alan Greenhill said: "We have all been looking forward to a busy second half of the current campaign, so this weather is disappointing for officials, professionals and amateurs alike."