This years Charles Stampe Final will be between Anchorians 3, last years winners, who beat Cliffe Woods 3, and Chatham Gannet, who came through against their club-mates Chatham Furious.  Both semi-finals were similar inasmuch as both the eventual winners had to come from behind to win through.  In both matches the difference after 7 of the 9 matches was a mere 3 points.


Chatham Furious  315   Chatham Gannet  337

This match was a nervy and cagey affair with both teams not showing their best until after the 3rd game.  Furious started the better as Michael Onumah leapt out to a 1 point lead after the 1st game against Gareth Fox (40-39).  Alex Low increased Furious' advantage to 20 points with a comprehensive defeat of Gannet captain Stewart Day (42-23).  Sean Durkin for Gannet quickly reduced the deficit to a more manageable 8 points in beating Furious' captain Luke Barnard 45-33.  A bad start for both captains.  Gareth Fox was more his normal self when he then beat Alex Low 42-24 to give Gannet the lead by 10 points after 4 and the next 3 games were shared with Furious closing the margin to 3 points with wins for Michael over Sean (42-41), Luke over Stewart (42-37) and Alex over Sean (34-33).  In game 8 Gareth was in full flow and never gave Luke the chance to get into his stride and ran out a winner by a massive 28 points (44-16) and despite Michael beating Stewart 42-33 it was never going to be enough to stop Gannet from winning by 22 points.

Cliffe Woods 3  351   Anchorians  3   365

This match did not start well for Anchorians as they trailed by 23 points after 3 games thanks to Trevor Mortley giving them the perfect start by running Paul Norman very close, 21-19 in both sets, and with his 16 points handicap it was 54-42 to Cliffe after 1.  Jeff Norman clawed 3 points back by beating Andy Larner 42-39 in game 2, but Peter Mortley also had a very good first game and saw off Sean McMillan 46-32 to give Cliffe the start they would have wanted.  The next three games saw Anchorians fighting their way back into the match and showing why they are a good handicap competition side with wins for Paul Norman over Andy Larner 42-35, Sean McMillan over Trevor Mortley 42-39 and for Jeff Norman over Peter Mortley 42-35 which cut Cliffe's advantage from 23 to just 6 points.  In game 7 Sean McMillan gave Anchorian's the lead by beating Andy Larner by 9 points 42-33.  Game 8 saw Peter Mortley cut Anchorians lead to 2 points with a 40-39 win over Paul Norman.  The last game saw Anchorians over the line as Jeff Norman never let Trevor Mortley have a sniff of victory and won both legs 21-8 to see Anchorians home by 14 points.




Venue: - Newington Village Hall

Date:- Monday 16th April 2018

Commencing:-7.30 promptly (all are welcome, so please come along to support your team – if your team didn't make it come along anyway and support this event)



Malcolm Kay

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