Cup Quarter Final Reports (2014-2015)
Unicorn Dippers 279 Draycott Dragons 333
With Dippers conceding 36 points on handicap to their young opponents, this match up always threatened to be a tight affair, and so it proved as only four of the twenty four games played were settled by a margin greater than three points. Ron Forster and Jack Finney shared two games apiece for starters, before Poww Boonyaprapa defeated Xujin Bao 11-9 in each of their four games. The first doubles saw the Dragons accumulate just one more point than the hosts, before Jack extended their advantage slightly further by defeating Xujin 3-1. Ron managed to claw back 9 points in his 3-1 victory over Poww, but the Dragons sealed victory with a further 10 point gain in the final doubles to clinch their place in the semi-finals.
Charnwood Blockers 274 Unicorn Curlews 289
Blockers started with an 80 point advantage in this match, but the visitors made early inroads into that deficit, as John Genovese defeated Adrian Stevenson 4-0 and Shan Gao overcame Rafe Cherry 3-1. The first doubles was fairly even, with Curlews just sneaking a further seven points back in their favour, before John made the biggest impression on the arrears by outscoring Rafe to the tune of 27 points. Shan followed this up with a 16 point gain against Adrian and, with the match still in the balance, it was the away side who dominated the final doubles and registered a 34-48 scoreline to clinch the fixture by just 15 points.
Sawley Tempted 285 Hugglescote Hornets 280
In another triumph for the handicapping system, this clash went right to the wire, with the home pairing of Louise Watson and Linda Walshe just doing enough in the very last game of the second doubles to sneak victory. Their cause got off to an excellent start, as Louise outscored Clive Hall in the first set, before Clive Stretton set about reducing the deficit against Linda. A comfortable doubles for the visitors was followed up by Clive Hall restricting Linda to just 11 points, and a similarly strong showing by Clive Stretton – in which he allowed Louise to gain just a further 13 points – left the tie firmly in the balance. The visitors took the first three games of the final doubles for the loss of just 14 points, but the Sawley ladies dug deep to keep the score to 12-14 in the last game and secure their place in the semi-finals by the narrowest of margins.
Hugglescote Hawks 264 Unicorn Flamingos 340
Despite the best efforts of Joe Abbott for the Hawks, Flamingos made a mockery of the handicaps in this last of the quarter final line ups, as excellent play by Paul Ducksbury and Richard Earle ensured that the Flamingos romped to victory. Things started well for the home side, as Joe beat Richard 44-13, but Paul added to the away side’s advantage as he impressively overcame Aaron Wainwright 48-31. The first doubles was fairly nip and tuck, and although Aaron beat Richard and Joe defeated Paul, the gap had already become pretty insurmountable. To compound the situation, Flamingos edged the final doubles 40-36 to romp into the last four.