MILLMAN SALVER AND SHIRLEY EVERARD POINTS CUP QUARTER FINALS
Corby “D” 18 Murie (+7) 4/8, Cardwell (+7) 4/8, Knott (+7) 7/5, Murie/Knott (+7) 3/1 Westfield “A” 22 Silk (SCR) 6/6, N Bird (SCR) 6/6, K Bird (SCR) 9/3, Bird/Bird (SCR) 1/3.
Rothborough Comets 22 Rowbotham (+7) 11/1, Ainsworth (+7) 7/5, Sturgess (+6) 4/8 Higham 14 Bashford (SCR) 4/8, Elliott (SCR) 6/6, Harrison (+1) 4/8.
Burton Baptist Team Jim 19 H Lade (SCR) 6/6, Freeman (+2) 2/10, Tattersall (+2) 8/4 Lade/Tattersall (+1) 3/1 Kettering Town “B” 21 Chatburn (+5) 8/4, Davis (+7) 6/6, Woolston (+6) 6/6 Chatburn/Woolston (+5) 1/3.
Thrapston Eagles 27 Kettering Town “A” 9.
Holders Westfield “A” retain a grip on the Millman Salver after a narrow 22/18 win over Corby “D”. With a 20/8 lead after seven matches Westfield looked to be heading for an easy passage to the semi-final but Corby’s two Ken’s, Knott and Murie had other ideas taking 10 of the remaining 12 points to give the final score some respectability. Kevin Bird was the star performer with 9 points but with a better start from Corby the result could have been different.
2nd Division teams Burton Baptist Team Jim and Kettering Town “B” produced the closest quarter final match with Kettering winning 21/19. The league’s youngest and oldest Teams (age difference 170 years) produced a memorable game with Jim Chatburn and Ann Woolston winning the third end of the doubles 12/10 for the decisive 21st point. Both teams had been in the lead but the scores were tied at 12/12 after six games and everyone having played twice. Ann Woolston regained the lead for Town “B” 15/13 defeating Ben Freeman 3/1. Game 8 proved decisive when Jacob Tattersall and Jim Chatburn met as Tattersall had taken 7 points out of 8 Chatburn 5 out of 8. Tattersall took the first point but Chatburn fought back taking the next 3 to increase the lead to 18/14. Barry Davis and Harry Lade shared the points in game 9 leaving the doubles to decide the final outcome.
Higham already in the Shirley Everard Points Cup Semi Final were looking for a cup double. After six games and the scores tied at 12/12 another semi-final was on the cards. Rothborough Comets then moved up a gear and won 10 of the next 12 points for an unlikely looking score 22/14. Having taken six years away from the game Lee Rowbotham returned with a bang only dropping one point to Andy Harrison.
Thrapston Eagles took the last semi-final place with an easy 27/9 victory over Kettering Town “A”.
SHIRLEY EVERARD POINTS CUP:
Rothborough Exocets (+180) 420 Mordecai 91/134, Taylor 76/126, Ainsworth 48/126, Mordecai/Taylor 25/42 Harborough “D” (SCR) 428 Coombs 126/60, Allington 126/62, Dixon 134/93, Allington/Coombs 42/25.
Westfield “C” (SCR) 420 Alder 126/71, Hobbs 126/65, Mistry 126/81, Alder/Hobbs 42/32 Burton Baptist Team Jim (+180) 429 H Lade 91/126, Freeman 56/126, Tattersall 70/126, Lade/Tattersall 32/42.
Westfield “D” (+260) 450 Wright 78/126, Elliott 47/126, Grigg 31/126, Wright/Elliott 34/43 Rothborough Buccaneers (SCR) 421 Smith 126/55, Jones 126/50, Saywood 126/51 Smith/Saywood 43/34.
Westfield “D”, Burton Baptist Team Jim and Harborough “D” are through to the semi-finals of the Shirley Everard Points Cup following their narrow quarter final victories and will be joined by either Corby “B” or Harborough “E” following their postponed match on Thursday 16th March.
Harborough “D” beat Rothborough Exocets by 8 points 428/420 with Vaughan Allington and Dave Coombs only conceding 62 and 60 points. Lee Mordecai and Sally Taylor scored 91 and 76 and were unlucky to end up on the losing side. Pete Ainsworth had to step up as a last minute substitute for Dave Marshall and his 48 point return fell just short of the required amount to clinch a victory.
The match between Westfield “C” and Burton Baptist Team Jim followed a similar pattern with the young Burton side securing a 9 point win. After the completion of 9 singles Christ Alder, Steve Hobbs and Bhavika Mistry had reduced Team Jim’s 180 point advantage to 19. With victory now within their grasp Jacob Tattersall and Harry Lade produced an excellent performance in the doubles only conceding 10 points and secured their semi-final spot winning 429-420.
The other quarter final between Westfield “D” and Rothborough Buccaneers was also decided in the doubles. Requiring only 5 points from the doubles for victory Sidney Wright and Evie Elliott only dropped 9 points to Sean Smith and Luke Saywood to secure a 450/421 win. With Elliott and Bronwen Grigg holding their own on handicap, Wright scored 79 points and secured an excellent win over their much more experienced opponents.