Marchant Memorial Challenge Trophy
Round 3 Quarter Final Results
WDHA Challengers B (0) 389 v Old Grammarians C (35) 372
Chesterwell B (40) 386 v St John A (0) 368
WDHA Raj Riders C (100) 411 v Old Grammarians B (0) 368
Stanwick VHTTC (85) 441 v Chesterwell A (0) 375 (played 27/2/19)
With two sides in the quarter finals, the Old Grammarians must have had high hopes of gaining a semi-final place at least, which would have been their first for well over a decade, unfortunately both sides went down so their wait continues.
WDHA Challengers B (0) 389 (Hubert Malenda 119/86, Daniel Bain 117/104, Kavish 121/111)
Old Grammarians C (35) 372 (David Hatherall 124/104, Alan Hill 101/125, Adrian Howes 96/124)
This was a hard fought cup tie between 3rd Division potential champions and potentially their nearest rivals. For the visitors, David Hatherall gained 20 points on the night, opening with an excellent 8-11, 11-3, 11-9, 11-10 win over Hubert Malenda and by game 4, after his 11-3, 11-7, 9-11, 11-8 win over Daniel Bain, they were actually 8 points ahead, without taking the handicap into account. However, Adrian Howes somewhat defensive on the night, failed to gain a leg in his next two games against Malenda and Bain to tilt the balance in favour of the hosts. Game 8 was also a let-down for the visitors, as previously unbeaten Hatherall went down 10-11, 10-11, 10-11, 11-5 to Kavish Dodhia. Howes dropped a further 10 points in a 3rd defeat to Malenda and taking into account the handicap, the visitors were 1 point behind at the doubles but Malenda and Bain proved too strong, winning out 11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 11-3 over Hatherall and Howes to gain a 17 point victory.
Chesterwell B (40) 386 (Johnathon Driscoll 93/122, Luke Hughes 105/96, Daniel Mann 110/110)
St John A (0) 368 (Jon Perkins 105/112, Pete Boustred 98/118, Grant Timms 125/78)
Another nail-biting cup tie saw the high flying 2nd Division side edge home. The absence of Richard Wills, slightly weakened the visitors and the vital games were probably 4 & 6 where Luke Hughes and Daniel Mann won out 11-6, 11-3, 11-3, 8-11 and 11-8, 11-7, 7-11, 11-2 over Jon Perkins and Pete Boustred respectively. Hero for the hosts was Hughes, who also drew with Boustred and gained the only leg off Grant Timms. However, all this could probably have been rectified but for a decision made not to field the highly rated Timms in the doubles. Perkins and Boustred only gained 2 points in an 11-7, 11-9, 10-11, 9-11 share with Hughes and Mann and went down by 18 points.
WDHA Raj Riders C (100) 411 (Amit Shah 52/129, Aum Lakhani 97/113, Paresh Shah 119/86)
Old Grammarians B (0) 368 (Martin Rice 129/75, Coli Lord 96/99, David Bayes 103/94)
With 8 players registered it is hard to handicap the hosts and it was notes that none who played against the visitors in the heavy league defeat were fielded.
The visitors started in sparkling fashion with Martin Rice and Colin Lord restricting the hosts to a mere 44 points in 8 ends, well over handicap. However in game 3 a sign of what was to follow came as David Bayes went down 11-10, 7-11, 3-11, 6-11 to Paresh Shah. Game 6 saw complete disaster for the visitors when Colin Lord scored a mere 18 points against Shah and with Bayes also blotting his copybook in game 8 with a 10-11, 11-2, 7-11, 11-9 defeat to Lakhani, it needed a miracle in the doubles, which was not forthcoming as Lakhani and Paresh Shah gained a further 3 points in sharing with Rice and Bayes 11-8, 11-10, 10-11, 10-11.
Stanwick VHTTC (85) 441: (Ian Baldock 110/118, Graham Taylor 109/109, Geoff Neville 96/116)
Chesterwell A (0) 375: (Valdy Papiernik 114/96, Mike Pond 111/102, Stan Galkowski 118/117)
The vast disparity in standard between the top 2 sides in Division 2 and the rest makes them difficult to handicap and this became apparent as the hosts were almost on parity without the handicap and as a consequence ran out bigger winners than expected. The visitors opened strongly with a superb display by Valdy Papiernik, not always at his best in the cup, won out 11-6, 11-6, 11-9, 11-9 over Ian Baldock. However, this was negated in the next game when a somewhat impaired Mike Pond went down 8-11, 6-11, 11-6, 9-11 to Graham Taylor. With Stan Galkowski somewhat below par with 2 shares and a 8-11, 11-8, 9-11, 10-11 defeat to Baldock, the hosts were always in the driving seat and with Papiernik blotting his copy book by dropping 2 points to Geoff Neville in a 7-11, 5-11, 11-10, 11-4 share the inevitable defeat was wrapped up when Baldock and Taylor won a further 9 points in a 11-7, 11-3, 10-11, 9-11 share in the doubles with Papiernik and Galkowski.