With the Stamford and Rutland league season approaching its conclusion, attention focused on the Ketco handicap competitions this week.
In the main draw, matches were dramatically close with Braunston A securing their victory against Stamford Free Church in the final leg of the final match.
John Chambers won twice for the Churchmen, but Brian Bodycote earned the plaudits for remaining unbeaten, and Chuck Kershaw picked up two points to ensure Braunston’s safe passage into the quarter finals.
Tallington A also had to wait until the final match against Bourne A to secure victory.
Kevin Toomey was the hero on this occasion, winning his three games, and he was supported by Richard Allen’s two victories. Jean White won twice for the Division 1 outfit, but it was not enough on the night.
The result also means that there will be different winners of the competition this season, with both last year’s finalists now eliminated.
Joining Tallington A in the semi-finals are MTTG A, who defeated Uffington CC A 5-3 in a competitive encounter.
Chris Weston used his experience in this competition to remain unbeaten, and Dave Needham earned the two other required points. Matt Durrands replied with two for the cricketers.
Thanks mainly to Stuart Wills, Bourne D are also in the semi-finals following a 5-2 defeat of Nomads.
This result is slightly misleading, as three consecutive matches were won by Bourne in a close final leg. Stuart was unbeaten, while no other player won more than once on the night.
The Ketco Cup Semi Finals will be: Braunston A or Braunston B v Bourne D and Tallington A v MTTG A.
l Stamford School reached the semi-finals of the Plate competition following a tough 5-4 win at Eastfield MTTG.
Rutwik Zapake was the key player for the Academics, winning his three matches with potential and confidence that continues to develop.
Miroslav Vala and Emily Turner each won twice for Eastfield, but it was down to Denise Jacobi to earn the victory with a tight win against Steve Williams.
l In the one Division 2 league match played this week, Uffington CC B leapfrogged Tallington B following a 7-3 success.
However, the only undefeated player on the evening was the villagers’ Jake Showler. Uffington’s Martyn Willgress, Chris Alston and Chris Gardiner all won twice to secure maximum points.