Holders fail at first hurdle
Considering Chatham Ark Royal have just won this trophy they did their defence no favours when they played their match against club mates Chatham Gannet with just two players. Why this happened is a mystery when they have so many players to call upon. Zhong Jiao Tan had an impressive result when she lost just 15-21, 14-21 to Martin Birley and with the handicap won that game 59-42. Liuyun Guo also managed to get the better of Martin 43-42 overall. That leaves Ark Royal struggling to stay in the tournament.
Two results ended well outside the acceptable margin for the handicap when first Upnor A defeated Boxley 1 by 58 points and Rainham 3 lost by 76 points to Sturdee 1. Upnor’s Marylyn Dudgeon started on parity with both Lyndon Gurr and Bayo Awosanya, but won by 8 and 10 points respectively. She had her best performance against Barry Roles winning by 15 points after receiving just 2 from the handicap. The only highlight of the evening for Boxley was when Lyndon Gurr beat Dave Gracey 42-37.
In the Rainham 3 match Sturdee 1 Tim Davie’s 25 point defeat to Wayne Youngs really cost Rainham dearly as the rest of the matches were close. In fact Tim had a magnificent win over Tim Vaughan by 39-36. Although overall Sturdee were always comfortable on the night.
The closest match of the round was Luton Invicta 2’s win by just 7 points over Rainham 5. The win for Luton was mainly due to the excellent performance of Mick Barber who gained 19 points on night.
For all the results visit the CST page