Derbyshire are favourites to progress after a nail biting 2 chalk win over Potteries & District. It was Ian Brown’s 18 win on Dilhorne that sealed the win last on. They had won by 54 on Rolls Royce with Dan Petcher their best winner 3, as Aaron Jones was best for the Potteries 15. At Dilhorne it was another three win for Matt Fellows that helped the home side to a 52 shot win there, as Ian’s win was only the second there for the away side after Andy Spragg had won 14 at number 1.
North Midlands still have a chance of progressing after beating Lancashire by 15. They won by 46 on Bedworth, with Darren Plenderleith leading the way at number one winning 7. Derek Bissell was best for the visitors 8, while over at Bellingham there were more 8 winners for the home side in Billy Speed and George Chadwick, but Michael Lynch’s best win of 10 limited the home side’s win to 31.
Warwick and Worcester will take part in a winner takes all game against South Yorkshire next month as they beat Cheshire by 23. They won by 54 on the George, Tom Palmer’s 3 win in the first four the best of their 9 winners, with Robert Winnington’s 15 win best for the away side. At Metro Sports there was another 3 win, this time for Cheshire’s Glynn Cookson, but Mitch Harvey’s 9 win at the back limited the damage to 31.
Shropshire have one foot in the Semi Finals after getting past North Lancs & Fylde by 67 overall. They won by 57 at home on the Bowring, with Paul Reeves their best winner 7, and by 10 on South Shore, Rich Goddard their best of 7 winners 21-9. For North Lancs Paul Howarth won 5 to be best winner at home and Tim Barnett 11 to be best away.
Yorkshire still have an outside chance after beating Cumbria. They kept the score down to 30 on a fearsome Lindal green, James Hanson their best winner 9 there as they didn’t suffer any big losses. Cumbria’s best win was 21-12 by Graham Rigg and Darren Woodend. At Rastrick and they won by 71 overall, the tone being set by Graeme Wilson’s 7 win at number one, as Graham Law only won 18 to be best winner for the away side.
Wales beat Staffordshire by 29 to make themselves favourites to reach the semi finals. They won at home on Esclusham by 43, Adam Penlington their best winner 7 and Scott Simpson best for the visitors 5. Away they held them to 14 on Heath Hayes, with Geraint Booth’s 5 win cancelling out Stuart Gittings’ 4 win for the home side.
Merseyside used their banker green in Wheatsheaf to their advantage as they won by 48 on it against Greater Manchester. Liam McEgan’s 9 win was their best, as Jack Hargreaves’ 11 win helped keep the damage down. Over at Bamford and they kept the score down to 19 in the home side’s favour. Phil Lee was their best winner 10, with Alan Rushton’s 21-7 success best for the home side.
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