Warwick and Worcester finished winners of Section 1 after beating North Lancs & Fylde by 17 overall. A 78 shot win on King George V at home was key, with Jack Whitehead starring with a 4 win to earn him man of the match. The visitors had three winners with Andrew Cairns the best of them 16. Up north on a flying green at South Shore, the home side won by 61 but it wasn’t enough, even with two single figure winners, the best of them being Dave Watters 8. Cleckheaton Classic Champion Mike Leach was man of the match with his 19 win. The away side had three winners there, Chris Halford’s 11 win at the back key to reducing the deficit.
Greater Manchester’s win over Lancashire was in vain but it shows the county are heading back in the right direction after a few years in the wilderness. They won by 46 at home with three single figure winners, the best of them being Nick Brooks 5. For Lancashire it was Andy Hayes who was best of their three winners at Royton CC, 21-16. At Horwich RMI and four single figure winners for Greater Manchester meant that they won by 26 overall, Jimmy Derby’s 2 win at number one the best of them. Lancashire had three of their own, Kevan Shaw, Neil Bithell and Stuart Hodson all winning 9, with Stuart also earning man of the match.
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Merseyside stunned North Midlands to make it through to the Semi Finals for the first time in a while as they beat defending champions North Midlands by 16 overall. They won by 60 on the artificial green at Mossley Hill with three single figure winners, the best of them being Tex Allen at the back 21-5. Matt Horton was best of the North Mids’ three winners there, winning 12 to also earn man of the match. The champions’ 44 shot win at Haunchwood wasn’t enough despite best wins of 9 for Mark Burdett and Steve Pratt. Mick Andrews was best winner for Merseyside, winning 13, with Kevin Kearns man of the match for his 16 win.
Cheshire weren’t able to take advantage of that result as they lost to Shropshire by 12, but at least claim a Supplementary place. Shropshire won by 17 at home on Elephant & Castle, with Colin Beaman their best 21-9 as Tommy Johnstone produced a masterclass winning 5 at number 1. In Cheshire at Hazel Pear Shropshire managed to reduce the deficit to 5 with Merit Winner Spencer Clarke their best 21-8. Danny Nixon won 6 for the home side but it wasn’t enough.
Potteries & District comfortably reached the Semi Final again by beating Cumbria by 132 overall. They won by 103 at home on Birches Head Hotel, Peter Hulse Jnr the best of their 11 winners 21-5 at number one, with just Martin Wilson winning for the visitors, 16. On North Scale, Potteries had 8 winners with Josh Towey the best of them 6, and Dave Jones best for the home side 5.
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South Yorkshire edged past Yorkshire in a thriller to claim another Semi Final with Potteries & District just like last season. They won by 57 at home on Meersbrook and held Yorkshire to 53 on Whitkirk. Two 9 winners in the back four at both legs were decisive, Jonathan Sneddon at home and Dean Missere away, although Chris Kelly was best winner at home 8. For Yorkshire they had more winners but man of the match Scott Fisher was the only single figure winner 5 at home, and Ashley Daykin was best of their three away 17.
Staffordshire claimed a Supplementary place with a home and away victory over Derbyshire. They won by 3 on High Lane Conservative Club with Jason Westwood their best 7 and Jon Guess’ 10 win the best for the home side. On Heath Hayes they had three single figure winners with Chris Ward their best 6 as they won by 54, despite Conor Chamberlain’s 7 win for the visitors.
Full matchcards are here.
The Semi Finals on Sunday 5th August are Warwick and Worcester versus Merseyside and South Yorkshire against Potteries & District.