Thrapston Eagles 21 Donaldson (+6) 5/7, Warliker (+6) 10/2, Stockley (+5) 5/7, Donaldson/Warliker (+6) 1/1 Westfield “A” 17 N Bird (SCR) 4/8, K Bird (SCR) 5/7, Silk (SCR) 7/5, Bird/Silk (SCR) 1/1.
Millman Salver Holders Westfield “A” fell at the final hurdle in their attempt to win a League and Cup Double. Thrapston Eagles won 21/17 to add the Millman Salver to the 1st Division Championship Trophy. Eagles raced into a 13-3 lead after four games with Chris Warliker whitewashing both Birds and Westfield were looking at a heavy defeat. Westfield fought back from this disastrous start and won three and halved two of the next five games to reduce the deficit to 20-16. Kevin Bird and Steve Silk needed a 4-0 win over Chris Warliker and Ian Donaldson in the doubles to force a play-off. Bird and Silk took the first end 13-11 for a 20-17 scoreline but Donaldson defence and Warliker’s attack comfortably won the next end 11-4 for the winning point.
Rothborough Dakotas 3 Rowbotham (+13), Fleming (+14), Yeomans (+14) Westfield “B” 6 Smalley (SCR) 3, Wildman (SCR) 3.
Only two of the ten games in the Borough Trophy Final needed a deciding end but proved decisive as victory in these would have resulted in a 5-4 win for Dakotas instead of the 6-3 win for Westfield “B”. Skipper Sam Wildman beat Anthony Yeomans 12-21, 22-20, 21-18 and Peter Rowbotham 7-21, 21-17, 23-21. Dan Smalley’s straight games treble cancelled out Matt Rushton’s straight games whitewash to Peter Rowbotham, Cathy Fleming and Anthony Yeomans.
SHIRLEY EVERARD POINTS CUP;
Harborough “E” (SCR) 403 McGowan 126/61, Baker 119/93, Palfrey 116/95, McGowan/Baker 42/18 Westfield “D” (+180) 447 Wright 99/118, Elliott 107/117, Grigg 43/126 Wright/Grigg 18/42.
Having failed to win a League match all season and finishing 49 points adrift at the foot of Division 2 Westfield “D” recorded their fifth consecutive win in the Shirley Everard Points Cup to lift the trophy over Harborough “E” 447 points to 403. The all girl trio of Sidney Wright, Evie Elliott and Bronwen Grigg played well above their league form and after this performance probably wished that every week was a cup match. John McGowan only conceded 79 points in his four games starred for Harborough with Ben Baker and Ron Palfrey only managing to make up 26 and 21 points each. The three girls maintained a healthy advantage throughout and were never behind in the match. Providing this season’s cup performances are transferred to their league results, next season will surely see a much improved league position.