Greater Manchester stunned North Lancs & Fylde as they won home and away to take a grip on Section 1. They won away at Leyland and Farington Club by 12, despite only 5 winners as their worse defeat was just 10 by Derek Ainsworth. Matt Gillies and Andy Raymond were best winners 12, with Matt getting man of the match. At home on Springbank and they had a full house of winners as they won by 86, Colin Price the best winning 4.
The other game saw Warwick and Worcester overcome a tough start to defeat Lancashire by 11. They had two losers in the first four at home on the George, but didn’t have another loser as they won by 63 overall, Steve Darling winning 7 at 12 being a massive win and earning him man of the match. Over at Garswood Hall and after Barry Simm had won 6 at number 5 Lancashire led by 46 after 7, but three wins by the away side limited the damage to just 52.
Merseyside inflicted only the third ever 100 plus aggregate loss for a Shropshire away team as they won by 105 on the mighty Wheatsheaf green. They had 10 winners as Matty Gartside led the way winning 3 as well as man of the match Tex Allen who won 4. Callum Wraight was best winner for Shropshire winning 14. At Bowring and Shropshire recovered from a poor start to win by 43 overall. Debutant Sam Millward was best winner 5 while Phil Lee won 10 to be Merseyside’s best winner at number one.
The closest game of the day was between Cheshire and North Midlands. North Midlands started well away at Poynton Sports with two winners in the first five, Russ Prosser the best of them 12 to win man of the match. But Cheshire then had the rest of the winners with Pete Smith the best of them to win 8, which meant a win of 46. Over at Dunlop, and Cheshire had three winners in the first 7, Tom Vickers the best of them 16, but led by Darren Tring’s 6 win, they took the last five cards to win by 47, and one overall.
There was a very close game in Section 3 as Cumbria just edged out Wales by 3 chalks to take the initial advantage. Wales did well to hold Cumbria to 43 on the fearsome Lindal green, having 4 winners, Adam Penlington the best of them 10. But four single figure winners helped Cumbria’s cause, Tony Whitehouse the best of them 6. In Wales at Broughton and Bretton and Wales did well to win by 40 despite a 21-4 win for Matty Stewart of Cumbria as Jason Jones and Robin Bennett were best cards for Wales, both winning 8.
2016 winners Yorkshire recovered from a fast start by Staffordshire to win by 50 overall. Staffs had four winners in the first 5 at Pudsey in Yorkshire, Jamie Wyer the best of them 13, to lead by 8, but led by man of the match Liam Griffin who won 3, Yorkshire took 5 of the next 7 to win by 24. Over in Staffordshire at Hammerwich and three winners in the front, with Chris Ward the best 7, meant they led there by 25 overall after four. But they only had two more winners as Yorkshire hit back with 6 of their own, with Chris Mordue’s 6 win at number 11 the best of them to win him man of the match and seal the win there of 26.
South Yorkshire were in total control after the first four against Derbyshire as they won by 65 overall. They took three out of the first four in Derbyshire to lead by 7, and had two winners in each of the next two fours to keep their lead, with Jonathan Sneddon’s 11 win sealing the aggregate success of 11 and earning him man of the match. Over at Dearne Sports and Derbyshire shared the first four, with Gareth Nash’s 19 win earning him man of the match and best card, with Ross Meese’s 8 card the best of the home sides. South Yorkshire then took the next 8 cards to win by 54 overall there.
Full scores are here.