With no league action last week’s attention turned to the first round of the Shirley Everard Points Cup.

Premier Division high-flyers Higham edged out Corby Smash A by just 18 points.

Alex Cochrane won the first end of the night for Smash against Mark Nannery 21-19, but the experience of Nannery came through winning the second to 10.

Adam Wilson squeezed past Richard Bashford over the two ends 42-39 before Gary Pells saw off Andy Harrison 41-34 to give the away team a slender one point lead.

The match still ebbed and flowed until the doubles where the Higham pairing of Bashford and Harrison got the better of Wilson and Cochrane 7 and 22.

Corby Smash C are through to the next round after beating Harborough B.

Harborough started the night well and gained back 18 points when Dan Busby beat Mike Burrows 11 and 13.

Then surprisingly Ed Brown, only called upon a few hours earlier, got the better of Liam Burnham in two deuce ends.

Steve Crook got Harborough back on track beating Adam Mezzatesta 7 and 12.

However, Brown came back to the table and had another excellent result against Busby only dropping two points over the two ends 35 to 37.

Brown then topped off a good night getting the better of Steve Crook 42-33.

Burton Baptist A overcame a deficit to beat Premier Division strugglers Rothborough A by just four points.

Burton made inroads from the off with wins from Dave Needham and Jacob Tattersall over Martin Watts and Akbar Pokkakkillath respectively. 

Sean Smith got the better of Denise Jacobi 14 and 13 before Tattersall had a good win over Watts 11 and 10.

Smith then had another close encounter this time losing out to Needham 43-33.

Akbar, who usually plays in the second division for the D team, was always going to struggle on the night against a good Premier Division team.

Going into the doubles Rothborough held a 12-point lead, however Burton came through 21-14, 21-12 to take the match by just four points.

Two-man Harborough A never looked likely to beat Corby Lyveden Fields despite an 80-point head start.

Chris Haynes got the better of Barry Thompson 21-11, 21-10 before Henry Arthur beat Nathan Thompson 21-15, 21-11.

Kyle Murie had good wins over both Thompsons but Harborough never gave up and drew the doubles 39 all.

Burton Baptist C always looked in control as they beat Westfield E.

The experienced trio of Derek Muggleton, Gerry Crasto and Kelvin Marshall didn’t drop an end on the night.

Sidney Wright and Evie Elliott struggled to adapt to the three different playing styles by picking up 57 and 52 points respectively on the night.

Alex Elsom, playing in his first season, also found the going tough winning 50 points.

Rothborough C are also in the hat after they beat Old Village.

Beth Tyler made a solid start for Old, beating David Steele 21-16, 21-15.

Alan Brisley and Alan Tyler were up next and they produced a cracker sharing the spoils 39-all.

Sally Taylor then had a good win over Wendy Bradford 21-17, 21-19 before Rothborough took control of the match.

Alan Tyler reduced the lead by overcoming Taylor 9 and 7 but Beth Tyler had to retire through injury and the match was all over.

Rothborough B beat the Corby Smash D to make it through to round two.

Lauren Ainsworth got Rothborough off to a good start beating Chris Winter 21-14, 21-16

This was followed up by wins from Gareth Lewis beating Neil Marlow 21-16, 22-20 and Lee Mordecai against James Lock 21-8, 21-15.

Rothborough consolidated their lead winning the next five singles without dropping an end.

The last singles of the night saw Winter put up a good account leaving Corby with a three-point lead going into the doubles.

The Rothborough duo of Ainsworth and Mordecai gave a solid display beating Winter and Marlow 21-14, 21-18.

Corby Smash were the winners in another tight clash, beating Burton Baptist D by nine points.

George Marlow gave Corby a good start beating Neil Biggs 42–31 before Dave Marks edged out Jamie Potter 38–37.

Jonathan Sanders got the better of Reece Radford 21-8, 21-13.

There were some very close games but the Corby kids held their nerve to make it through.

Lakeview got the better of club rivals Harrogate in a Corby derby.

Stephen Woolston got Lakeview off to the perfect start getting the better of Sam Pedley 21-8, 21-9.

Tom Lathom followed this up with another convincing win against Reuben Warburton 21-6, 21-12.

Nathan Dixon then played above himself by taking an end off the experienced Keith McLaren and just losing out of points 36 to 39.

Warburton went one better not just by taking an end but getting the better of McLaren 40-39.

The Lakeview pair of Woolston and Lathom had a good night dropping 66 and 72 respectively.

Going into the doubles Harrogate held a four-point lead, however they couldn’t hold on going down 21-9, 21-11.

Results:  Higham (0) beat Corby Smash A (0) 375 – 353

Corby Smash C (180) beat Harborough (0) 486–385


Burton Baptist A (0) beat Rothborough A (160)


Corby Lyveden Fields (0) beat Harborough A (80) 417-279


Burton Baptist C (0) beat Westfield E (180) 420–365


Rothborough C (80) beat Old Village (0) 375-269


Rothborough B (0) beat Corby Smash D (120)


Corby Smash F (120) beat Burton Baptist D (0) 413-404


Corby Lakeview (0) beat Corby Harrogate (140) 414–396

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