Lew Vale Cup Preliminary/1st round Matches:Report

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Mebs Virani
Sun 10 Oct '10 @ 12:45pm

CANTERBURY & DISTRICT TTA PRESS REPORT 14/10/2010

Ahead of the start of the 2010-2011 Winter League programme teams were involved in the preliminary and first round matches of the individual handicap team competition,the Lew Vale Cup.

Warriors 1 were looking comfortable in their tie against Heron A,having reached 4-4 through 3 wins from Denis Cannon. Diane Pearce swung the game in Heron’s favour as she overcame a 2 point deficit over Roger Jordan to win 21-12,21-15 and later in the match she used her 2 point lead over Cannon to set up a 21-9,21-14 win to put Heron ahead 9-5. Roger Pingram sealed the game for Heron as he swept aside Jordan’s 4 point lead to win 21-15 and the match 11-6
Current holders,Blean Lions,had a tough match on their hands,facing Warriors 6. After a poor start,Barry Hull steadied matters with 3 wins out of 4 to level the match 4-4 and Peter Cole pushed Lions ahead to 6-4 with a 21-14,21-18 win over Bob Hassam. The next 4 ties were all shared,leaving Blean 10-8 in front and the doubles to play.The Warriors pair of Peter Stacey and Len Pavelin had a 6 point start over Hull and Alan Dilnot and they raced to a 21-11,21-11 win in the first two sets to level 10-10.In a frantic deciding set,Warriors pulled off a 21-19 win to secure the match and with it a remarkable victory.
Last season’s runners-up,Choughs E,faced Faversham B in a tense encounter.The match was evenly poised 5-5 when Clive Curnick eased to a 21-13,21-17 win over Chris Holmes with the aid of a 3 point start. The next 3 ties were shared,although Curnick had to scrape a 23-21 win off Richard Bothamley in the second set despite a 2 point handicap. In the doubles the Faversham pair stormed back in the first two sets,21-10,21-12,to level 10-10,but Choughs hung on to win 21-18 for a place in the next round.
Choughs D and Herne Bay E were involved in an absorbing first round tussle.Vince Corbin made 3 wins out of 4 to take the score to 4-4 and Matt Newman scored a significant 21-14,22-20 over Stuart Parker with a 3 point handicap that moved the Bay 6-4 ahead,only for Steve Smith to reply strongly for Choughs with a 21-12,21-15 win over Mick Micklethwaite with a 2 point advantage. Newman restored the Bay’s lead with 21-14,21-16 win over Jo Chan with the help of a 2 point lead.Smith’s 7 point start over Corbin saw him narrowly lose the first set,20-22 but he blazed to a 21-14 win in the second. Parker used his 3 point advantage to carve out a 21-15,21-14 over Micklethwaite to take the score to 9-9 ahead of the doubles. The Choughs pair had a 5 point start and were in dominant form as they breezed to a 21-9 win in the opening set and were on the brink of victory in the second,but the Bay pair just managed to hold on for a 23-21 win. The Choughs duo’s disappointment was apparent in the deciding set as the Bay duo romped to a 21-12 win and a 11-10 victory.

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