Teams in the Hinckley League have welcomed a new Handicap competition , namely the Team Challenge Cup. Each team receives a team handicap based on their nominated players and this gives each game a handicap level. A single game between two players is played up to 31points. No doubles are played. In the preliminary round of matches there were a couple of close games. The match between Barlestone B and C teams went all the way with Barlestone C snatching victory by 5 games to 4. Dave Scraggs (B) won a close game with Will Baggott by 31pts to 29. The final score of 4-5 saw Barlestone C go through to the first round.
G Ward E overcame the experienced Queen’s C team by 6 games to 3. Dave Richardson (GWE) winning his three in style whilst Alana Richardson (GWE) had a very good win over Dave Topliss 31-24. Edward Brown (GWE) won two if his games to put George Ward E into the next round.
Nalgo collected a fine win over Hugglescote Rams by 5 games to 1. Both Kevin Edwards and Pete White (Nalgo) won two apiece.
The 1st Round draw sees GW B v Cat A, RE Studios 2 v Hit’n’Hope, GWE v Cat F, Cat G v Barlestone A, GWC v Goons, Nalgo V GWA, Barlestone C v Queen’s B, Cat E v GWD. All matches to be played week commencing 20th March.
In Division 1 Barlestone A secured a good win over Hugglescote Rams by 8 sets to 2. Adam Pettitt being unbeaten but being take close by Barry Taylor in a five game set Pettitt winning it 11-8 in the fifth. Barlestone continued their good form in their next match despatching RE Studios by 7 sets to 3. Charlie Bateman was undefeated for Barlestone.
Cat B beat Queen’s C by 7 sets to 3 with Steve Bessant unbeaten. They followed this result with another victory this time over Nalgo by 6 sets to 4.
Goons demolished Cat A by 10sts to 0 to continue their drive for the title, but in their next match were surprisingly held to a draw by Hugglescote Rams. Goons led by 5 sets to 2 at one point before Phil Jones (Rams) inflicted only the second loss of the season on Lucky Obi (Goons). John Lenton (Rams) then beat Barry Robinson(Goons) to bring the score to 5-4 in Goons favour before Jones and Lenton (Rams0 snatched the draw in a five match doubles.Other results:- GWA 6 – RE Studios 1 4. Nalgo 2 –G Ward B 8, Barlestone B 1 –GW A 9 and Cat A9 –Cat B1