Challenge Trophy 2016-17 - sponsored by Harish Thakrar Ltd
Quarter Final Results
Wanderers B (0) 440 v WDHA Challengers (250) 385
Westfield D (160) 440 v St John B (0) 414
WDHA Royals (0) 407 v Higham Harriers B (265) 471
Chesterwell A (0) 386 v St John A (50) 405
Wanderers B (0) 440: (Paul Goodman 132/38, Stewart Williams 132/38, Bob Hickson 132/44)
WDHA Challengers (250) 385: (Daniel Bain 39/132, Hubert Malenda 49/132, Ansh Shah 32/132)
The transformation in the home side when playing in the cup has been startling. Marooned at the bottom of Division 1, and facing a large handicap, together with Stewart Williams having to double up (also playing in a league fixture) to win out by 55 points was a remarkable performance. Apart from game 2, where Hubert Malenda managed 27 points in a 3-11, 6-11, 6-11, 6-11 defeat to Bob Hickson, the visitors were always behind handicap. Even this was rectified when Hickson restricted Ansh Shah to 9 points, winning out 11-4, 11-2, 11-1, 11-2. This magnificent victory must have the hosts wondering why they have been so poor in the League, but on this form an unlikely relegation and cup double is highly possible.
Westfield D (160) 440: (Stuart Holroyd 87/124, Asish Nandi 76/131, Amrat Mistry 85/117)
St John B (0) 414: (Steve Mansfield 116/100, Alan Hill 125/83, Paul Lipczak 131/65)
Over the years the playing of understrength sides in the cup competition nearly always means an exit and this was the case, although a plucky fight by the visitors meant a close contest. St John B started badly with Steve Mansfield actually dropping points in a 2-2 share 8-11, 11-10, 11-7, 6-11 with Stuart Holroyd. St John B although dropping legs kept in the running until game 8, where Mansfield dropped 35 points to Amrat Mistry in a 11-8, 11-7, 3-11, 9-11 win. Game 9 saw the visitors needing to claw back 52 points in the last singles and doubles. Alan Hill won out 11-8, 11-7, 11-7, 11-3 over Holroyd to gain 16 points but a 36 point advantage in the doubles proved too much as Mansfield and Lipczak could only gain a further 10 points in a 11-10, 9-11, 11-7, 11-4 doubles victory over Holroyd and Mistry. The fielding of one or both of their higher ranked players could well have seen the visitors into their first ever semi-final.
WDHA Royals (0) 407: (Ethan Ali 132/48, Abin Islam 125/66, Virat Patel 123/49)
Higham Harriers B (265) 471: (Phil Inman 34/132, Neil Stevens 68/122, Bob Collier 61/126)
The hosts, had the previous evening scored an excellent victory over the likely Division 1 Champions, but in very much an ‘after the Lord Mayors Show,’ crashed to a heavy defeat at the hands of Division 2 strugglers Higham Harriers B. Whilst the victory was enhanced by a carefree attitude in the doubles, nothing should detract from an excellent performance by the visitors. Until game 6, the Royals were slightly up on handicap but games 6 & 7 saw Virat Patel and Abin Islam drop legs and a massive 57 points conceded, and with only 16 points gained virtually out of the contest, the doubles was reached with victory impossible for the hosts. This result will leave two 1st Division sides, one 2nd Division side and one 3rd Division side to contest the semi-final. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Chesterwell A (0) 386: (Valdy Papiernik 117/105, Stan Galkowski 106/112, Mike Pond 114/95)
St John A (50) 405: (Jon Perkins 104/115, Pete Boustred 92/119, Grant Timms 120/105)
The quarter final was between the two highest placed sides left in the competition and the visitors were victorious by 19 points. As has been the custom this season any match between sides in the top division has had at least one surprise result. This followed the pattern with Jon Perkins rocking the hosts in the opener by winning out 9-11, 11-10, 11-8, 11-10 against the much higher ranked Valdy Papiernik. The host’s night got worse as in game 3, Grant Timms in a superb victory saw off Mike Pond 11-9, 11-8, 11-7, 11-8. Pond rallied well to good victories against Pete Boustred and Perkins but Timms, in excellent form throughout, won well against Stan Galkowski after a slight dip in only sharing with Papiernik, who was desperate to rectify his poor performance in the opener. Game 9 saw Papiernik win well against Boustred and his 11-6, 11-7, 11-5, 8-11 victory left a deficit of 21 points but Timms and Perkins proved equal to the task and their 11-8, 9-11, 9-11, 10-11 defeat saw only 2 points dropped against Pond and Papiernik to clinch victory.