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Unicorn Dippers
279             Draycott
Dragons 333


With Dippers conceding 36 points on handicap to their young
opponents, this match up always threatened to be a tight affair, and so it
proved as only four of the twenty four games played were settled by a margin
greater than three points. Ron Forster and Jack Finney shared two games apiece
for starters, before Poww Boonyaprapa defeated Xujin Bao 11-9 in each of their
four games. The first doubles saw the Dragons accumulate just one more point
than the hosts, before Jack extended their advantage slightly further by
defeating Xujin 3-1. Ron managed to claw back 9 points in his 3-1 victory over
Poww, but the Dragons sealed victory with a further 10 point gain in the final
doubles to clinch their place in the semi-finals.



Blockers  274        Unicorn Curlews  289      


Blockers started with an 80 point advantage in this match,
but the visitors made early inroads into that deficit, as John Genovese
defeated Adrian Stevenson 4-0 and Shan Gao overcame Rafe Cherry 3-1. The first
doubles was fairly even, with Curlews just sneaking a further seven points back
in their favour, before John made the biggest impression on the arrears by
outscoring Rafe to the tune of 27 points. Shan followed this up with a 16 point
gain against Adrian and, with the match still in the balance, it was the away
side who dominated the final doubles and registered a 34-48 scoreline to clinch
the fixture by just 15 points.



Sawley Tempted  285            Hugglescote
Hornets  280


In another triumph for the handicapping system, this clash
went right to the wire, with the home pairing of Louise Watson and Linda Walshe
just doing enough in the very last game of the second doubles to sneak victory.
Their cause got off to an excellent start, as Louise outscored Clive Hall in
the first set, before Clive Stretton set about reducing the deficit against
Linda. A comfortable doubles for the visitors was followed up by Clive Hall
restricting Linda to just 11 points, and a similarly strong showing by Clive
Stretton – in which he allowed Louise to gain just a further 13 points – left
the tie firmly in the balance. The visitors took the first three games of the
final doubles for the loss of just 14 points, but the Sawley ladies dug deep to
keep the score to 12-14 in the last game and secure their place in the
semi-finals by the narrowest of margins.



Hawks  264       Unicorn Flamingos  340


Despite the best efforts of Joe Abbott for the Hawks,
Flamingos made a mockery of the handicaps in this last of the quarter final
line ups, as excellent play by Paul Ducksbury and Richard Earle ensured that
the Flamingos romped to victory. Things started well for the home side, as Joe
beat Richard 44-13, but Paul added to the away side’s advantage as he impressively
overcame Aaron Wainwright 48-31. The first doubles was fairly nip and tuck, and
although Aaron beat Richard and Joe defeated Paul, the gap had already become
pretty insurmountable. To compound the situation, Flamingos edged the final
doubles 40-36 to romp into the last four.



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