What a week (or season) for John Porter. John not only helped Jacobeaus A to win the Premier Division Cup, he was on hand to help them win the Handicap cup as well. With team mates Adam Linton and Jack Moody they overcame Deepdale Lyons A to win their 2nd trophy in two weeks. Deepdale Lyons also had a strong team of Phil Crankshaw, Brian Oldfield and Paul Banks.
With the handicap pretty even, Jacobeaus got an overall 18 start. With 3 games remaining, the match was pretty even with JACOBEAUS just +9 in front. But the inform Jack Moody put in a powerful effort to beat Paul Banks and gain a further 16 points. Linton then beat an under pressure Phil Crankshaw and gain a further 14 points. Game over, Porter won the last game against Brian Oldfield and Jacobeaus won by 59 points. In the last few weeks Jacobeaus have been unstoppable, a great effort.
But when you thought it was over it was not? The next evening a Preston Team was competing in the Final of the Denis Smith Trophy an over 40s handicap competition against Top Team Ellesmere Port and Chester.
The Team : Keiron Beswick Martin Shaw and GUESS WHO John Porter.
Preston were the under dogs but with Porter in your team and with the benefit of a reasonable handicap your always in with a chance. Porter beat Rob Wiley, Keiron Beswick then lost to Malcolm McEvoy. Martin Shaw lost narrowly to Ken Connor. 2 games to 1 to EP/Chester. Preston then fought back, Porter beating McEvoy in 3 terrific games. John was 20-14 up in the second having won the first but lost 23 – 21, but he got himself together to take the third 21 – 16.
Martin Shaw then won his first against Rob Wiley, was well up in the second but let it slip. The same happened in the 3rd game Shaw losing a good lead. But, serving at 17 / 18 down in the 3rd Shaw won the next 4 points to give Preston 3 – 2 lead. Beswick then beat Connor in another exciting game, with 1 game apiece and 2 points down 17 – 15, Beswick proved why he has been the Preston Champion for the past 3 years and took Connor apart to further Preston’s lead 4 - 2.
Shaw then took on Chester’s number 1 McEvoy but lost 2-0 but only at deuce in both games.
With the score at 4-3 Porter took on Connor. Again a cracking game. Porter easily won the 1st lost the 2nd, held his nerve in another tight 3rd game to win 21-18 to give Preston a great win.
Great team effort plus 3 GREAT WINS for John Porter saw Preston through.
Match report: Tony Rigby