Charnwood Choppers 369 v 379 Charnwood Blockers
The final was a match worthy of the occasion, as two of the Charnwood teams met to decide this year’s winners. Both sides utilised a full squad of three players, as Eric Baker, Tony Cook and Ian Kennedy took on Chris Barlow, Rafe Cherry and Adrian Stevenson, with only a 10 point advantage in favour of the Blockers before the first ball was struck.
Blockers edged 6 points further ahead in the first set, as Rafe shared the spoils with Eric, 6-11, 12-10, 6-11, 13-11, before Tony hit back immediately in beating Chris 12-10, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8. Ian combined with Eric and Adrian joined forces with Rafe in the first doubles, in which honours were completely even at 2 games apiece, all of which finished 11-8!
Tony clawed back another 4 points in securing victory over Rafe, 18-16, 11-6, 6-11, 11-9, but when Chris got the better of Eric, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 11-3, the match swung back in favour of the Blockers once more.This still only left a difference of 11 points going in to the final doubles however, so the match was still entirely in the balance, and 11 points soon became 6 as Ian and Tony took the first two doubles games from Chris and Adrian, 11-8, 11-9.
With nerves jangling, it was the Blockers duo who snatched the third game 12-10 on a tie break and although the fourth game had to be cut short due to venue restrictions, Chris and Adrian had already got the seven points on the board which meant they could not be caught. With both teams scoring a total of 233 points on the night, this was as close as it could get and the match came down to the narrowest of margins.
Congratulations to Charnwood Blockers – Handicap Cup Winners 2017-18!!