Derbyshire didn’t slip up as they reached the Semi Finals by beating Lancashire by 30. They won by 56 at Stretton with Darren Carter leading the way at number 1 winning 8. For the visitors it was Kevan Shaw who was best of their five winners 15. At Wigan Subscription Club and the home side won by 26 with Harvey Birch and Neil Bithell best winners 10. For the away side it was Ian Brown and Nigel Illiff at number 1 and 12 respectively who were best 14.
North Midlands and Potteries & District both had big home wins but it was Potteries who had the biggest of them, winning by 71 on Birches Head Hotel with 10 winners. Richard Clay was the best of those winning 6 at number 12, while Ben Lynch was best winner 15 for the away side, with his brother Michael the other winner. On Coundon and Potteries did a good job holding them to 62 despite just one winner, Chris Cooper 15. Noel Bates was the only single figure winner 21-7 for the home side.
Warwick and Worcester overcame a slow start to beat South Yorkshire by 35. South Yorkshire led away on King George V after the first four as Ross Meese won 10, but the holders won by 42 in the end, with Elliot McGuinness’ 6 win at number 5 leading the turnaround. On Crookesmoor Recreation the home team only won by 7 with Peter Worfolk best winner 5. The away side had 7 winners with Pete Dunkley the best of them 10.
Shropshire comfortably defeated Cumbria by 162 in one of their biggest ever wins. They won by 88 at home on Hanmer with Callum Wraight best winner 3, with Billy Thornton best for Cumbria 16. On Burton-in-Kendal they won by 74 in Shropshire’s biggest ever away win in this. Sam Millward was their best 5 with Dan Varcoe and Paul Kissock best for the home side 17.
Yorkshire defeated North Lancs & Fylde home and away by 78. Away on Woodplumpton they won by 52 with James Hanson best with his 7 card, and Thomas Ascroft best for the hosts 13. Over on Lindley they were victors by 26 as Dave Fox was best winner 6. Lee Longland was best for the away side 15 as they did have 7 winners there.
One of the closest ever finishes occurred in section 4 as just nine chalks separated the top three teams in that section. It was Merseyside who came out on top, beating previous leaders Wales by 27 overall. They were thankful for an away win of 31 on Brymbo, Chris Barton the best winner for them 4 with Andy Hughes’ 15 best win at number 12 coming too late. Wales had won by 4 on Wimble, with Kris Fearnley and Adam Penlington best winners 6, Merseyside’s best was Tex Allen who also won 6.
Staffordshire missed out by just 3 chalks despite a fine home and away win over Greater Manchester. At home on Cradley Dave Semper led the way by winning 4 in a 40 shot win, with Ben Gloag and John Davies best winners for the away side 17 at the back. In Norden and Staffordshire won by 10, Scott Simpson the best winner 7. It was Tom Eccles and Jimmy Hynes who were best winners for the home side 11.
Full (mostly) results are here.
So the Semi Finals are as follows:
Derbyshire v Warwick & Worcester
Shropshire v Merseyside