Semi final results - Challenge Trophy
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Higham Harriers B (rec 120) 414: (Phillip Inman 91/117, Bob Collyer 91/125, Craig Hartwell 85/128)
Wanderers B (rec 0) 414: (Paul Goodman 118/87, Stewart Williams 124/98, Bob Hickson 122/82)
This was an historic match, being the first draw in a semi-final or final since the change of format more than 3 decades ago. The hosts opened strongly with Phillip Inman doing exceptionally well to share 2-2 with Paul Goodman and in the process gaining 6 points. Bob Collyer also gained a leg in a 11-7, 7-11, 10-11, 7-11 defeat to Stewart Williams with the handicap increased by 1 after two games. However, the next 3 games saw the handicap halved with Bob Hickson winning out 11-5, 11-6, 11-8, 11-5 and 11-2, 11-7, 11-3, 10-11 over Craig Hartwell and Phill Inman respectively, with Goodman following suit in a 11-5, 11-6, 11-7, 11-3 win over Collyer. The next three games saw the visitors gain three (3-1) victories and 91 points. Game 9 began with the hosts 29 points in front which was reduced to 17 when Williams won out 10-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-4 over Inman and in a dramatic doubles, Collyer and Inman went down 8-11, 8-11, 8-11, 3-11 to Goodman and Williams to result in the first ever tie in a semi- final.
An extra end of doubles was required and the players started the match at 3-0, following the rounding up process of the handicap, which Collyer and Inman won out 11-8 to Goodman and Williams to end an enthralling cup tie which was a pity that either side had to lose.
St John A (rec 0) 440: (Jon Perkins 132/62, Pete Boustred 132/46, Grant Timms 132/41)
Westfield D (rec 210): 379 (Stuart Holroyd 63/132, Asish Nandi 46/132, Amrat Mistry 40/132)
After the euphoria of the first semi-final, this turned out to be a bit on an anti-climax as the hosts made light of the handicap to gain an emphatic win by 61 points, one of the highest winning margins in the whole competition. The visitors opened well with Stuart Holroyd just below handicap, going down 6-11, 3-11, 7-11, 9-11 to Jon Perkins. However, this proved a false dawn as no other game saw the visitors attain handicap. Game 3 saw Grant Timms gain an excellent 11-0, 11-1, 11-2, 11-4 win over Amrat Mistry and by game 8 the writing was on the wall as Pete Boustred, whose fine performance was a big factor, won out 11-3, 11-2, 11-2, 11-5 over the struggling Mistry. With their excellent performances in the cup, the hosts joined the finalists in demonstrating their under achieving performances in their respective Divisions.