Playing N/S with Adrianne came 3rd in our section with a Butler score of 22.
Early on there were two 4S in a row, the first we failed to bid but made four, the second we bid but it goes down!
Against the two Davids, D Cree opened 1D and I bid 2N, D Young did 3D and Adrianne a pass or correct 3H. I corrected to 3S and there I played. Two diamonds were cashed and Jack of clubs came through. I rose with Ace, felled QS in two and gave up club for 10 tricks.
Steve led 10D and Adrianne put down a singleton which was a bit of a blow. If the lead is doubleton and AH onside I can lose a diamond, a heart and a club.
I won AD, led a heart to Ace and 4S came back to 10 and King. I cashed KH, back to AS, ruffed a heart and exited with a club. I ruffed club return but I'm in a pickle now. I can't ruff a small diamond now with the Queen as that leaves Steve probably with JS and heart winners. I tried KD, ruffed by Jack and Queen but had to lose two diamonds.
I think I have to play a small diamond from hand at trick 2. I will surely make 9 with a chance of 10.
If Rob leads QS then Adrianne will get her two spade tricks. However he correctly led 3S to John's King which Adrianne ducked. John led back 7S, Adrianne played small but Rob put up the Queen. A spade back gave Adrianne her two tricks and 9 altogether.
Or a complete cross ruff is possible, the hand that might be able to over ruff might not have JD. This includes the possibility of bringing down KC in three so that is what I played for. 9C to Ace, QC not covered so ruffed. Alan played 7 then 8 of clubs. I was sure King was now falling so just crossed to AD, ruffed a club and King fell. HOWEVER without stopping to think I crossed to QD and Alan showed out. My only trump left is KD and I still have to ruff a heart leaving Myra with the trump master. I have to cash KD, play Ace and another spade, ruffed. Ruff a heart, ruff a spade to get back to dummy to draw last trump and cash clubs, BUT Myra will over ruff the spade. I cannot make this. I needed to finesse 9C!!!
Heart lead to Ace, small heart back taken with my 10. I played the spades wrongly Ace then finesse Jack. Robert played another heart to Queen and King. I ran the spades, Jack letting go a heart, cashed another heart. Took AD for my 8th trick, exited wwith QD. Defenders only had clubs left and I made King. So despite getting diamonds and spades wrong I made 9.