Cup Report Round 3 2015 - 2016

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John Metcalfe
Thu 11 Feb '16 @ 11:04am

Lew Vale Cup (2 legs per game to 21 points, plus deuce if required)

The 3rd round draw for the Lew Vale Cup threw together Chestfield Warriors 3A, who are league leaders in division 1, and Chestfield Warriors 5, currently riding high in division 2. This was destined to be a tight match, with Ricky Kay, Dirk Froebrich and Jonny Nevett for Warriors 3A, always just having the edge. However, after the nine singles games, Frank Findlay, Paul Whittaker and Tony Morgan for Warriors 5 managed to level the match to 9-9, requiring the doubles match to decide the outcome. With the superiority of the division 1 leaders coming to the fore, Chestfield Warriors 3A held their nerve to win a close doubles game 2-0, giving them an overall 11-9 match win.
In a second Warriors derby match, Chestfield Warriors 10 from division 3 entertained premier division side Chestfield Warriors 1. Young Lewis Marsh played up from division 4 for Warriors 10, and, taking advantage of his superior handicap, won 1, drew 1 and lost 1. Team mates Simon Howe and Bernard Ebeck, managed to win another 4 legs, but couldn’t quite do enough to overcome the premiership experience of Denis Cannon, Kell Davies and Ricky Kay. With Warriors 1 leading 11-7 after the singles there was no way back for the division 3 team, but Warriors 1 sportingly played out the doubles which was won 2-0 by Warriors 10.
2nd in division 1, Herne Bay B, despite their handicap disadvantage, overwhelmed their visitors from division 3, Blean B, winning this match 14-4. Simon Lee was invincible for Herne Bay and his 6 points were supplemented by 5 from Vince Corbin and 3 by Mick Micklethwaite. An excellent win for Laurie Newman gave the Blean side 2 points, with a further point apiece coming from Alan Dilnot and Peter Cole, but the match was far beyond their reach by the end of the singles.
Choughs C from division 3 drew a tough encounter when they were pitted against Whitstable Natives A from division 1. However, the Choughs handicap advantage didn’t stop the home team, who were always on top in this match. Barrie Thomas had three straight wins for the Natives and together with 2 wins from Tony Causer and 2 draws by Barry Cook, the division 1 team amassed 12 points in the singles, enough to win the match 12-6. Choughs points came from a good win and a draw by Richard Partridge (3 pts), an excellent win for Jackie Fok (2 pts) and a well earned draw by young Zurafa Sakel (1 pt).
Even with their higher handicaps, Herne Bay H, on their home patch, could do nothing to stop Blean B from cruising into the next round with a comfortable 14-6 victory. A pleasing win and a draw by Barbara Ayling, plus a draw each for Josie Prowse and Arnold Bearman, together with a doubles draw gave Herne Bay their 6 points. Rob Easton led the way for the victors with 3 straight wins, and Derek Whiddett added 2 more. Blean welcomed Barry Shirley into their ranks and his 3 draws contributed 3 more points towards his team’s winning total.

Dare Cup (2 legs per game to 25 points, no deuce)

Blean C, currently top of division 3, took a 172 point advantage to Whitstable Natives A from division 1, and it took 8 singles matches for the home team to overcome the Blean resistance of Keith Ackland, Kevin West and Alan Dilnot. Barry Cook, Barrie Thomas and Nick Fairweather for the Natives were 28 points ahead going into the doubles which they won by 16 points to secure a 44 point victory.
The division 2 side Chestfield Warriors 6A, were given a favourable 176 point lead against their guests from division 1, Faversham B. The Warriors had to call upon the services of a young Shem Lejarde from division 4 to make up a full squad and together with Peter McCaig and Colin Relf, they took this match right down to the wire. Nico Waters, Callum McDonagh and Matthew Waters for Faversham, found themselves trailing by 19 points going into the doubles, which they managed to win by 23 points, ensuring their passage into the next round by a very narrow 4 point margin.
Paul Anthony, Mark Dixon and Mark Allen, in the guise of division 4 side, Chestfield Warriors 19 were given a 115 point start over a visiting Herne Bay G from division 3. The experience of Paul Messenger, Al Parkes and Robert Nutter for Herne Bay nibbled away at the handicap to establish a 20 point lead after the requisite 9 singles games. Finally, they sated their appetite with a 24 point doubles victory, to win this match by 44 points.
Chestfield Warriors 7 from division 2 were conceding 141 points to their visitors from division 3, Whitstable Natives C. The Warriors team of Aaron Hollingsworth, Jill Weaver and Linda Wickings were hard pushed to overcome the defiant Peter Tregar, Peter Godden and Chris Near for Natives C. However, an unbeaten Aaron established a welcome 14 point lead in the last singles game of the evening, and with a 15 point win in the doubles, Warriors 7 progressed into the next round with a 29 point match victory.
The clash between two teams from division 2, Chestfield Warriors 5, (playing their second cup match of the week), and Herne Bay F, saw a dominant Warriors 5 overcome a 110 point deficit within the first 4 games in this contest. Herne Bay’s Graham Waters, Jim Burns and Graeme Sopp were powerless to stop the Warriors side of Frank Findlay, Paul Whittaker and Steve Tebbett, who, after the singles games, were in an unassailable position with a lead of 123 points.

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