Warwick and Worcester are in pole position after beating Greater Manchester by 22, but it was a tale of two away wins. Not many teams ever win in Warwick & Worcester but Greater Manchester did by 4 on British Oak, but lost by 26 at home on North Chadderton. It was a close game throughout, but it was Pete Dunkley’s best card of 8 for Warwick and Worcester away in the back four that helped them win so well there with 8 winners, despite Gary Ellis winning 11 at number 1 for the home side. Nick Turrell was man of the match for his 14 win for the Mancs. Greg Smith was the star at home winning 8 to help the home side move ahead, before three winners in the back for the away side meant they won there, led by John Davies’ 13 win and Gareth Gwilliam’s man of the match 15 win.
North Lancs and Fylde draw with Lancashire which meant neither team can qualify from the group now. It was an incredible come back from Lancashire, who clawed 44 chalks back in the two back fours home and away to get a draw with their local rivals. Michael Heap’s 8 win for them helped them to just a 8 chalk deficit away at Frenchwood Social Club, despite Ian Downing’s 7 win for the home side at number 12. Kevan Shaw kept up his good form after winning the Spring Waterloo last season with a man of the match performance against the guy he beat in the final, Wayne Ditchfield, winning 18. In Lancashire at Garswood Hall, and Andy Cairns’ 3 win looked like setting up North Lancs with the victory they needed, despite Neil Bithell winning 6 for the home side in the first four for Lancashire. But with 4 winners in the back, led by Neil Rodgers’ 9 win, and Ryan Semmens’ man of the match 10 win, they fought back to steal a draw.
Reigning Champions North Midlands are in pole position after they beat the 2009 champions Shropshire to knock them out of the competition. They won by 95 on the fearsome Coundon green to win by 39 overall. They had 10 winners at home, led by Darren Plenderleith and Darren Tring’s 5 win, with Plenderleith’s game still taking over an hour! Michael Warrington did well to come in at number 1 to run out from 19-16 down to win man of the match. Shropshire’s two winners were Spencer Clarke 19 and Rob Roden 20, Rob’s game with Tyler Dewis being a high quality game. Shropshire still managed a 56 shot win at home on Pontesbury, despite the village being flooded last night. However they were 57 up off 8 after Darren Wellings won 5 and Kiah Roberts 7, the latter winning man of the match. But North Midlands took three out of the back four led by Shane Day’s 15 win.
Cheshire are still in with a chance after defeating Merseyside by 13, helped by their two number 12s both winning 7 at the death. Ben Phillips’ 11 win at home on Beech House earned him man of the match, and added to Lee Johnstone’s best win of 7, helped Cheshire to a 27 shot win, despite Cliff Massey’s best win for the visitors’ 14. At North Ashton Village, John Ashcroft’s 8 win for Merseyside looked like helping them to a good home win, but man of the match Steve Morrey won 7 at the death to help Cheshire to a win, and draw level with their opponents on 2 points.
Potteries & District beat Wales by 40 to set up a winner takes all clash with Cumbria next month. They won by 44 at home on Dilhorne with 10 winners, Gary Owen their best 7, with Adam Penlington the best for the visitors, 11, to win man of the match. The games were shared on Trefnant, with two 7 wins for Wales’ John Bonatti and Lewis Scott only enough to win by 4 as Gareth Stanway’s man of the match and best win of 11 helped keep the score down.
South Yorkshire and Yorkshire will meet in a winner takes all clash as both teams won their second games today. South Yorkshire beat Staffordshire by 68 overall, with 12 winners at home on Crookesmoor Rec, Chris Kelly the best of them 9 but Ryan Clark was man of the match for his 10 win. Darrell Handley led the way for Staffordshire early winning 4 to give them a good start, but South Yorkshire fought back and Jonathan Sneddon’s 7 win at number 12 was enough to earn him man of the match.
Yorkshire were comfortable 108 winners over Derbyshire in a commanding performance. They won by 47 away on Buxton Park, James Davison winning 3 and Kez Smith 6 in the back, with Derbyshire only having 3 winners, two of them 11 by Jon Guess and Phil Clapham. At Meltham and John Finch was best winner 7 for the visitors after Graeme Wilson dropped out of the side, with Josh Brown best for Yorkshire 4.
Full scores are here.