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Round 2 Results

 

After a traumatic opening round with numerous controversies, the five matches scheduled for round 2 proved a revelation with all five closely contested and restored faith in the competition.

 

Thrapston (0) 412 v Higham Harriers B (rec 140) 432

WDHA Royals (0) 429 v Westfield B (rec 180) 408

WHDA Superkings (0) 363 v Chesterwell B (rec 30) 345

Old Grammarians A (0) 416 v Chesterwell C (rec 115) 398

Stanwick (0) 403 v Higham Band B   (rec 150) 419

 

Results Breakdown

Thrapston (0) 412:                                 (Chris Warliker 127/76, Steve West 119/105, Alan Tyler 129/80)

Higham Harriers B (rec 140) 432:     (Mick Malins 101/117, Neil Stevens 86/127, Phil Inman 74/132)

In a fiercely contested cup tie, Higham Harriers B edged out the hosts by 18 points. The hosts seemed clear favourites after 3 games when they had reduced the handicap to 82. The main feature being an outstanding 11-4, 11-4, 11-4, 11-3 win by Alan Tyler over Phil Inman. However, Steve West, far from the player of bygone years went down 5-11, 6-11, 10-11, 11-4 to Mick Malins and dropped a further 37 points to Phil Inman. An in form Malins gained 36 points in a 7-11, 10-11, 8-11, 11-8 defeat to Tyler to leave the hosts, 26 points behind at the doubles. Chris Warliker and Tyler only gained 8 points in a disappointing 9-11, 11-4, 11-5, 8-11 share with Neil Stevens and Inman to go out by 18.

 


 

WDHA Royals (0) 429:                       (Virat Patel 132/54, Mike Hawes 130/63, Nitin Patel 123/80)

Westfield B (rec 180) 408:                 (Mark Thomas 69/128, Leigh Clements 75/125, Charlie Clements 83/132) 

The hosts kept in the hunt for a Cup and League double with a close victory over Division 1 bottom markers with virtually every game thereabouts on handicap with two exceptions. Game 5, Virat Patel restricted Charlie Clements to 14 points winning out 11-0. 11-2. 11-5, 11-7, but this was somewhat nullified when his father, Leigh Clements, gained 33 points in a 6-11, 11-6, 6-11, 10-11 defeat to Nitin Patel. Virat won well against Leigh in the last singles 11-7, 11-5, 11-2, 11-3 to leave the hosts 8 points ahead at the doubles. He then joined with Mike Hawes to increase the margin to 21 in a 11-6, 11-9, 11-6, 11-10 doubles win over Leigh Clements and Mark Thomas.


 

WHDA Superkings (0) 363:               (Dev Patel 113/79, Tarun Mistry 1-7/106, Himanshu Ganatra 106/106)

Chesterwell B (rec 30) 345:               (Luke Hughes 114/94, Stuart Coles 64/131, Maine Shears 113/101)

After their stupendous effort in the previous round, this looked a generous handicap for the visitors. Luke Hughes and Maxine Shears played well throughout but unfortunately Stuart Coles has a night to forget only gaining one leg. However, fame 5 proved the clincher where Dev Patel destroyed Coles in a 11-2, 11-6, 11-3, 11-1 win. Hughes did well in a 11-10, 11-3, 11-5, 11-9 win over Ganatra and Shears also shared 11-7, 11-6, 10-11, 5-11 with the in-form Patel. 5 points behind at the doubles, the visitors surprisingly opted for Coles and Shears who dropped a further 13 points in a 11-4, 2-11, 9-11, 2-11 defeat to Patel and Tarun Mist 

 

Old Grammarians A (0) 416:            (Phil Laurence 122/102, Mick Ball 124/70, Martyn Reeves 126/80)

Chesterwell C (rec 115) 398:             (Clare Coles 77/128, Johnathan Driscoll 97/116, Daniel Mann 77/130)

The visitors were slightly below handicap in the first 8 singles with the 11-2, 11-2, 11-3 11-9 defeat of Clare Coles by Old Grammarians Mick Ball leading to a 13 point deficit after game 8. However in an excellent display, Johnathan Driscoll won out 11-8, 11-10, 11-8, 0-11 in game 9 over Phil Laurence to give the visitors a fighting chance in the doubles. Daniel Mann and Driscoll fought hard before going down 8-11, 11-9, 5-11, 7-11 to Laurence and Ball to bow out by 18 points.


Stanwick (0) 403:                                 (Ian Baldock 132/56, 129/73, Al Hayes 98/118)

Higham Band B (rec 150) 419:        (Deirdre Kiziak 85/124, Stuart Futrill 86/116, Devlin Whitmore 76/119)

Game 5 saw Ian Baldock restrict Devlin Whitmore to a mere 13 points and the hosts looked clear favourites. However, the following games saw Al Hayes beaten 4-0 by Stuart Futrill whose 11-8, 11-5, 11-9, 11-6 victory swung the balance to the visitors. In a poor night for Hayes, he only shared 6-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7 with Deirdre Kiziak and Baldock needed to restrict the in-form Futrill to low single figures but his 11-2, 11-7, 11-2, 11-6 win meant the visitors were a massive 38 points ahead at the doubles. Baldock and Geoff Neville reduced the margin by 22 points in a 11-1, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 win over Kiziak and Whitmore but must have felt that game 6 had lost them a narrow victory.

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