MARCHANT MEMORIAL CHALLENGE TROPHY
Results – Round 2
Stanwick VHTTC (0) 430 v Higham Band A (180) 345
WDHA Challengers (225) 446 v Wanderers B (427)
WDHA Raj Riders (295) 528 v Wanderers A (425)
Chesterwell A (0) 437 v Higham Band B (272) 416
Old Grammarians B (125) 419 v Westfield B (0) 405
Wanderers D (150) 397 v St John A (0) 431
Old Grammarians C (280) 494 v WDHA Royals (0) 430
Westfield C v Chesterwell B (still to be played)
Stanwick VHTTC (0) 430: (Ian Baldock 132/50, Graham Taylor 132/37, Geoff Neville 122/51)
Higham Band A (180) 345 (Nigel Magee 81/130, Perce Sharp 57/124)
This match was ruined as a contest by the unfortunate circumstances incurred by the visitors as their 3rd player Ian Sclater had his father rushed to hospital just prior to the game, leaving them to field only 2 players. In a normal game, Nigel Magee would have been bang on handicap but with Perce Sharp again struggling in the cup, the visitors not surprisingly went down by 97 points to a strong Stanwick outfit.
WDHA Challengers (225) 446: (Daniel Bain 74/124, Kavish Dodhia 46/132, Hubert Malenda 78/127)
Wanderers B (427): (Mike Terry 132/49, Paul Goodman 129/70, Bob Hickson 122/79)
This was an intriguing contest between the 3rd division high fliers and a Wanderers B side with a good cup pedigree. The visitors opened strongly with excellent performances in the first two games by Mike Terry and Paul Goodman restricting Daniel Bain and Kavish Dodhia to 17 points each. However, Bob Hickson found the going much harder dropping a leg and 38 points to Hubert Malenda in his 11-9, 11-9, 11-7, 9-11 win and then further disaster struck when he only shared with Daniel Bain 9-11, 11-4, 5-11, 11-4 which swung the tie. Hickson made some amends when in the best result of the night he won out 11-2, 11-4, 11-2, 11-5 over Dodhia. Terry followed with a 11-9, 11-2, 11-1, 11-4 win over Malenda but Goodman dropped 27 points in the last singles to Bain to leave only 4 required in the doubles. Bain & Malenda in a 5-11, 6-11, 3-11, 4-11 defeat to Terry & Goodman gained 223 points for a 19 point victory.
WDHA Raj Riders (295) 528: (Paresh Shah 65/125, Amit Shah 76/129, Aum Lakhani 57/132)
Wanderers A (425): (Tony Wharton 125/71, Andy Law 132/53, Graham Ellson 130/64)
This was an incredible result as the hosts languishing near the bottom of the 3rd division won out by a stunning 103 points over a strong top division Wanderers A side. Every one of the hosts performed well above expectations and only Graham Ellson in game 3, attained handicap when winning out 11-4, 11-2, 11-7, 11-2 over Aum Lakhani. The two outstanding singles results for the hosts were the opener, when unbelievably, Paresh Shah shared 11-7, 11-8, 7-11, 0-11 with Tony Wharton and Ellson blotted his copybook in dropping a leg to Amit Shah, who had only 3 wins to his credit in the bottom division. Whilst his single results were in keeping with the top division, Andy Law was involved in the visitor’s worst performance when with Wharton he dropped a massive 35 points in the doubles to Shah and Lakhani to complete a humiliating night for the visitors.
Chesterwell A (0) 437: (Valdy Papiernik 130/43, Stan Galkowski 131/45, Mike Pond 132/43)
Higham Band B (272) 416: (Deirdre Kiziak 42/132, John Yeates 16/132, Stuart Futrill 73/129)
This was an excellent performance by the hosts who were the only side conceding over 200 points who went into the next round. Probably the most disappointed player not going through was Stuart Futrill whose performance was well above handicap, highlighted by gaining a leg and 28 points in a defeat 4-11, 10-11, 3-11, 11-10 to Stan Galkowski. He also performed well in sharing 2-2 with Valdy Papiernik 11-10, 3-11, 5-11, 11-10. Unfortunately his team mates were off pace with John Yeates only gaining 16 points and Deirdre Kiziak although doing reasonably well in a 6-11, 2-11, 7-11, 4-11 defeat to Mike Pond, disappointed in games against Papiernik and Galkowski gaining only 10 points in the opener against Papiernik.
Old Grammarians B (125) 419: (Colin Lord 68/128, David Bayes 88/126, Martin Rice 103/115)
Westfield B (0) 405: (David Rogers 117/92, Steve Fuller 128/82, Tim Mason 122/85)
This was an excellent game with the hosts edged mainly due to an excellent performance by Martin Rice who only dropped 12 points against his higher ranked opponents. Highlight being game 3 where he defeated Tim Mason 11-9, 11-9, 11-10, 8-11 and he proceeded to share with Dave Rogers 11-10, 6-11, 11-7, 1-11. The visitors needed to restrict the hosts to 21 in the doubles but Bayes and Rice shared 6-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-9 with Mason and Fuller to win out by 14 points. The cup secretary much appreciated the acceptance of the correct handicaps as an incorrect one had been forwarded inadvertently.
Wanderers D (150) 397: (Roger Ellingham 66/131, Graham Babbage 68/129, Mike Howorth 71/127)
St John A (0) 431: (Jon Perkins 123/101, Richard Wills 132/57, Grant Timms132/47)
This was a match between the bottom markers in the 1st and 2nd Divisions with both teams win less but whereas the host’s league performances left a lot to be desired, the visitors had remained competitive and this was reflected in their surprising easy victory. Jon Perkins well below his best struggled throughout, conceding 101 points, only winning out in the opener against Roger Ellingham and sharing with Graham Babbage and Mike Howorth. However, Grant Timms and Richard Wills were unaffected both gaining 3 comfortable wins only conceding 57 points and 47 points respectively to gain an easy victory.
Old Grammarians C (280) 494: (Alan Hill 63/132, David Hatherall 68/125, Roger Fleming 61/130)
WDHA Royals (0) 430: (Abin Islam 127/80, Shyam Bavalia 128/72, Mike Hawes 132/40)
The visitors didn’t help themselves by not fielding Virat Patel, one of only two 100% players in the top division. Nevertheless this was a superb performance by the 3rd Division side who won out by 64 points. As expected the hosts found the unorthodox style of Mike Hawes hard to handle and he only dropped 40 points, well above handicap. However, Abin Islam and Shyam Bavalia found the going much harder with Bavalia conceding 28 points and a leg to David Hatherall and Islam dropping legs to Hatherall and Roger Fleming, which led to them conceding 782 and 80 points respectively, far too many in the context of the match.