Challenge Trophy Competition
sponsored by Harish Thakrar Ltd
Round 3 – Quarter Finals Results 2017-18
WDHA Challengers (0) 394 v Wanderers E (rec 120) 451
WDHA Superkings (0) 432 v Chesterwell D (300) 427
Old Grammarians A (0) 422 v Higham Band B (205) 475
Higham Harriers B (305) 484 v WDHA Royals (0) 432
WDHA Challengers (0) 394: (Hubert Malenda 124/94, Rahul Jethwa 115/106, Manav Pandya 126/87)
Wanderers E (rec120) 451: (David May 92/125, Derek Shears 120/108, Steve Hoole 75/132)
The hosts only fielded one of their top 3 ranked players and duly paid the penalty. Hubert Malenda although just about on handicap found the experienced David May and Derek Shears tough opposition only gaining 8 points on the night in a 3-1 win over May 7-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-10 and shared 9-1, 11-6, 11-10, 9-11 with Shears. Manav Pandya as befits a player with only 2 defeats all season comfortably saw off May and Steve Hoole but had to share with the undoubted hero of the night, Shears, 11-7, 8-11, 11-9, 8-11. 42 points behind at the doubles the winning margin was inflated as the lack lustre hosts Pandya and Jethwa went down 6-11, 10-11, 5-11, 8-11 to Shears and May).
WDHA Superkings (0) 432: (Tarun Mistry 132/14, Jack Bain 126/65, Dev Patel 132/29)
Chesterwell D (300) 427: (David Carrigan 64/124, Gavin Birmingham 19/132, Katie Coles 25/132)
The hosts showed their compatriots the way to do it when in similar circumstances they edged home by 5 points. After conceding only 23 points in the opening 12 legs, the hosts were stunned in game 4 when in arguably the best win to date in the cup, David Carrigan gained a massive 43 points in a 3-1 victory over Jack Bain. This should have ensured victory for the visitors but Tarun Mistry and Dev Patel won out 11-2, 11-1, 11-2, 11-1 and 11-2, 11-2, 11-3, 11-3 over Katie Coles and Gavin Birmingham respectively. Game 8 saw Carrigan gain 15 points to put the visitors62 points in front. However, Birmingham gained a mere 2 points, going down 1-22, 0-11, 1-11, 0-11. Twenty behind at the start of the doubles Mistry and Patel bailed out their team mate with a 11-3, 11-5, 11-5, 11-0 doubles win over Carrigan and Birmingham to win out by 5 points against the league’s bottom markers and see Carrigan’s magnificent effort go unrewarded.
Old Grammarians A (0) 422: (Phil Laurence 123/96, Mick Ball 132/59, Martyn Reeves 126/80)
Higham Band B (205) 475: (Devlin Whitmore 87/122, Deirdre Kiziak 70/132, Stuart Futrill 78/126)
In the opening game the hosts went from sublime to ridiculous as Phil Laurence won the first leg 11-0 and then unbelievably lost the next three 10-11, 6-11, 10-11, losing out 1-3 to Devlin Whitmore but gaining 4 points. Deirdre Kiziak, far from her best went down heavily 5-11, 3-11, 3-11, 3-11 to Mick Ball who alone amongst the hosts didn’t drop a leg and finished above handicap. Whitmore followed his bizarre opening game by doing well against Ball in a 5-11, 8-11, 7-11, 4-11 defeat and in game 8 sharing with Martyn Reeves 11-10, 5-11, 11-9, 3-11 to leave little chance for the hosts. Higham Bands Stuart Futrill was also in good form taking a leg off both Laurence and Reeves but finding Ball too strong. Kiziak in her best game on a poor night, gained 32 points against Laurence leaving the hosts a massive 59 points behind at the doubles making that a mere formality.
Higham Harriers B (305) 484: (Neil Stevens 46/132, Mick Malins 37/132, Bob Collyer 68/127)
WDHA Royals (0) 432: (Abin Islam 127/69, Mike Hawes 132/36, Shyam Bavalia 132/46)
Prior to this game the hosts were trying to avoid relegation to Division 3 and the visitors were going for the double of League and Challenge Trophy, unfortunately both were unsuccessful by the narrowest of margins. The visitors who considered the handicap harsh did themselves no favours by not fielding their top payer Virat Patel who had only been beaten five times in the top division all season. Mike Hawes made light of the handicap conceding only 36 points his highlight being 11-0, 11-1, 11-2, 11-2 win over Mick Malins, Shyam Bavalia somewhat surprisingly was not far behind but in the context of the match Abin Islam had a poor night and the dropping of 57 points in games 4 & 8 against Malins and Bob Collyer had much to do with the heavier than expected defeat.