Windsor Condors took their place in the 2019 final of Clacton and District League's Knock-Out Cup when they beat Windsor Eagles 5-3 in the first of the semi-finals.
The Eagles took the opening two matches of the evening but the Condors took the next four, including a crucial 11-5 in the decider win for Ollie Rampton (+2) against Gary Cattermole (-1). Both Rampton and Annabelle Stallwood stayed unbeaten in their two singles.
The final will be held on Tuesday 30th April at the Brotherhood Hall at 7.30 pm. The Condors, winners in 2017, will play either fellow-Division One side Nomads Lions or Division Two champions Brotherhood I.
* In Division One of the League, Andy Warner maintained his unbeaten League record with a maximum for Brotherhood C against Nomads Panthers. Despite Warner's heroics, the Panthers emerged 6-4 victors, Paul Hume and James Denyer each winning twice. It was good to see Brotherhood's Alan Burgess back in action and he enjoyed an 11-6 in the fifth victory over John Hatley.
There was a repeat of an early-season score as Windsor Condors beat Walton C 9-1, Greg Green and Martyn Green staying undefeated.
Walton A completed their season with an 8-2 win over a two-player Windsor Eagles, Daniel Young taking his maximum. Phil Smith won the Eagles' two points, beating Gavin Price and Gary Young, the latter by a close 11-9 in the fifth.
These two results confirm the Condors as runners-up for the second time in three years whilst Walton A, last year's runners-up, will finish third.
Roger Hance starred for Windsor Hawks in their 8-2 victory over Walton B, his closest match an 11-7 in the fifth win over Paul Meikle. Andy Vincent and Felipe Rodriguez each won two for the Hawks, as did Jason Gale for Walton.
Nomads Lions fielded one reserve against Brotherhood D, who fielded two reserves, and it was the Lions who predictably ended as 7-3 winners. Adam Wilkin won his three and Jason Lloyd two for the Lions, whilst there was a couple for Brotherhood's Russell Hillier.
Nomads Tigers improved their chances of survival with an 8-2 win over already-relegated Lawford. Pawel Szemro won three, and Daryl Lott and John Hockley two each. Lawford's James Tindle lost 11-9 in the fifth to Lott but beat Hockley by the same score.
So Brotherhood D, with matches to play against the Hawks and Eagles, need an unlikely fifteen points to overhaul the Tigers and avoid a bottom-two finish.
In Division Two all three teams in the relegation battle lost.
Nomads Jaguars faced a tough task against champions Brotherhood I and went down 9-1. Paul Alden and Graham Parkes stayed unbeaten.
Brotherhood G finished their programme with a 7-3 defeat at the hands of Windsor Kestrels, Graham Bunce and Bob Sawyer taking hat-tricks.
And three each for Frank Burbidge and Mark Salter saw second-placed Brotherhood H home 9-1 against Windsor Harriers in a match which, despite the score-line, lasted four hours.
These results mean Brotherhood G finish bottom, whilst the Jaguars will need nine points from their last match against the Harriers to overtake the Windsor side and avoid finishing as the second relegation team.
Elsewhere, there were hat-tricks for Gary Stallwood and Mark Ratcliffe as third-placed Walton E beat Nomads Bobcats 9-1. Ratcliffe struggled against both Liam Harris, winning 11-8 in the fifth, and Andy Cawley, taking it 14-12 in the fifth. Mark Gale won two for the winners and, with Stallwood, shared an 11-7 in the decider doubles victory over Harris and Crawley.
Windsor Buzzards defeated a weakened Windsor Magpies 9-1. Pete Bloomfield and John Harvey won three each for the Buzzards, although it was a nail-biting 13-11 in the decider for Harvey against Dave Sweetland. Magpies' reserve Kayley Rodriguez took the losers' consolation point.
Brotherhood E and Windsor Penguins meet in the Division Three Handicap Challenge final at the Brotherhood Hall on Tuesday 16th April but, this week, they were in League action against each other in Division Three.
The match ended 7-3 in favour of the champions Brotherhood E. Tony Edmonds was again the Brotherhood star, his treble including an 11-8 in the decider success against Darren Bunce. Rodney Betts and Duncan Dunne each won two for the winners, as did Bunce for the losers. The Penguins continued their good doubles form, having lost only once all season, Bunce and Alan Charman edging out Betts and Dunne 11-8 in the fifth.
Meanwhile, the Penguins rivals, Nomads Pumas, enjoyed a vital 6-4 success against Nomads Leopards. Dave Harris stayed unbeaten for the Pumas whilst there were two each for Bob Jillins and Stuart Wilkinson for the Leopards.
This win for the Pumas puts them ten points ahead of the Penguins and guarantees them the runners-up spot as, even if the Penguins garner ten points from their final match, they can only equal the Pumas' points tally but would finish third by virtue of having lost more matches.
Brotherhood J finished an eminently satisfactory season with an 8-2 success over Windsor Merlins. Harley Wood was unbeaten, with Dan Still and Maci Harvey each taking two. Sharon Gowlett's two points for the Merlins included a 12-10 in the decider success over Still.
It was also 8-2 for Nomads Lynx against Nomads Ocelots, Mike Vilka unbeaten. There were two each for Dominic Joannou and Norman Jacobs, with Arthur Wells-Garrett taking the Ocelots' two points. Joannou was involved in the evening's closest matches, beating Hazel Blanche 11-6 in the fifth but going down by the same score to Wells-Garrett.
And the Ocelots also suffered defeat at the hands of Walton D, Rivhu Khan and Lynette Sparks taking hat-tricks in their side's 9-1 victory.
Finally, Windsor Falcons and Windsor Robins battled out an honourable draw. Kayley Rodriguez took three for the Falcons and Mark Lamb one, with the pair sharing a doubles success. The Robins' point-winners were Bob Bales and Oleksandra Klymenko, who won two each, and Lee Atkins one.
Walton A 8 Windsor Eagles 2;
Windsor Hawks 8 Walton B 2;
Brotherhood D 3 Nomads Lions 7;
Windsor Condors 9 Walton C 1;
Nomads Panthers 6 Brotherhood C 4;
Nomads Tigers 8 Lawford 2.
Windsor Kestrels 7 Brotherhood G 3;
Windsor Buzzards 9 Windsor Magpies 1;
Walton E 9 Nomads Bobcats 1;
Brotherhood H 9 Windsor Harriers 1;
Nomads Jaguars 1 Brotherhood I 9.
Nomads Leopards 4 Nomads Pumas 6;
Windsor Penguins 3 Brotherhood G 7;
Nomads Ocelots 1 Walton D 9;
Windsor Falcons 5 Windsor Robins 5;
Brotherhood J 8 Windsor Merlins 2;
Nomads Ocelots 2 Nomads Lynx 8.
Knock-Out Cup : semi-final
Windsor Eagles 3 Windsor Condors 5.