Close contests in handicap cup competition
There have been close matches in both the Ketco Cup and Stamford and Rutland League this week.
The two quarter-finals that were played in the Ketco (handicap) competition saw Tallington and Stamford Free Church progressing to the last four.
At Stamford School, the Tallington team all played consistently to ensure overall victory by 399 points to 386.
The School’s Ryan Chung (+53) was the most successful player on the night but, with Paul Ramm finishing +6 for Tallington, Nick McDowall was able to withstand the hard-hitting Leigh Ware sufficiently in the final match to ensure victory.
Stamford Free Church survived a topsy-turvy quarter final with Uffington CC B.
Most of the matches were won comfortably by individual players, but the sum total of points won by each team differed by just three. With individual handicaps added, Stamford Free Church triumphed by 445-410.
Adrian Bradley (+51) was the key man for the Churchmen with John Chambers (+28) also contributing well.
Both Emily Turner (+14) and Mike Ramsden (+8) finished up plus overall for Uffington, but it wasn’t quite enough on the night.
MTTG played a potentially tricky league match against Bourne A and ran out 9-1 victors.
The venerable duo of Dave Needham and Denise Jacobi each remained unbeaten in both singles and doubles while Andy Goodacre won twice. Joe Cox picked up the consolation win for Bourne.
In a second key league match, Uffington CC A travelled to high-flying Braunston A and won 6-4.
This was an excellent encounter with Braunston winning five-set matches through Brian Bodycote and Basil Bagshaw to stand at 4-2 in front.
Stacy Collins, however, completed her full-house and joined Rod Goss to secure the key doubles point.
The closeness of this match is evident by the statistic of 22 games being decided by deuce or an 11-9 score.
Uffington CC A move above Stamford School to third in the table with a game in hand over Braunston A, although the gap between the teams remains a daunting 21 points.
Harringworth earned a tight 6-4 win against Uffington CC B with Dave Harvey again the stand-out performer.
He won his three singles matches and was joined by two-time winner Neil Marlow to pick up the decisive doubles point. For the cricketers, Chris Gardiner enjoyed a successful evening by winning twice.