Veterans beat Henley B by 4 points
Veterans 2 – 8 Henley A
Shottery C 6 – 4 Henley B
After completion of the last qualifying fixture the cup semi-final line up is now known. At the conclusion of play Veterans finished 59 points ahead of last year’s trophy holders Henley B, but the handicap adjustment reduced their margin of victory to just four. The Veterans trio of Brian Marston, John Hunt and George Mudie will entertain Shottery B, while the other semi-final sees Henley A take on FISSC with the ties due to be contested during the week commencing 16th February.
Veterans subsequently experienced contrasting fortunes in the league losing out to Henley A. Peter Quince was on top form for the Villagers securing a treble with the loss of only one game. Geoff Shephard added a brace, overcoming an early setback before defeating Hunt over the distance, but he had no answer to Mudie. Don McAdam also recorded two wins but, in another contest to go to the wire, was denied a perfect evening by Hunt.
Quince and McAdam then paired up to claim the doubles although, after racing to a two-game lead, they allowed their opponents back into the set before raising their performance to win the decider.
In a close contest Shottery C gained a narrow victory over Henley B, although it was their opponent’s captain Robert McCluskey who delivered the man of the match performance. He won a hard earned treble beating both Rob Poole and Ken Southwell in the fifth games. Southwell can consider himself unlucky not to have secured victory after clawing back a two game disadvantage and winning five points more than McCluskey over the course of their set. However, he was still able to go home with a brace which was matched by Poole with the two Shottery players also securing the doubles. David Lincoln-Lewis added their team’s sixth success, while debutant Dan Strange got on the card for Henley.