Anchorian won the first and last games on handicap but the other seven games all went the way as the Furious youngsters made the best use of their handicaps of between 1 and 7 and playing well above their league form (yet again) they ran out fairly comfortable winners, to the surprise of yours truly, by 44 points with Alex Low's performance against Michael Barker the pick of the bunch as Alex picked up an impressive 17 points on handicap.


BOXLEY  1  299  CLIFFE WOODS  3  331

While Andy Larner was the pick of the Cliffe Wood players picking up a total of 23 points in his three games, Trevor Mortley with his unique style held his end up and finished only 2 points down on handicap against the Boxley trio of Paul Homewood, Jill Shipton and Steve Neilson.  This steadiness proved decisive as Cliffe Woods fought their way to a winning margin of 32 points.


ANCHORIANS  3  378  UPNOR  B  358

This match was decided by the generous handicap given to Gary Hutchinson (it won't be as generous in the semi-final).  Gary made the most of this handicap to finish on plus 28 for his three games, and Paul Norman and Sean McMillan played their part by only dropping 4 points each in their games which enabled  Anchorians to win by 20 points and keep one hand on the trophy for the second successive season.



Due to one of the Rainham players having to play his three games straight off and leaving his team-mates 13 points up this match wasn't decided until the final game of the evening as Gareth Fox of Gannet won the final game by a massive 29 points and turning round what, on paper, looked like a winning margin for Rainham.  Fortunately for Gannet the game is played on a table, not paper, and Gannet progressed by 15 points.


Malcolm Kay,

Tournament Officer

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