St Georges and Sir John Bayley made it through to the final of the Pool A after narrow wins over Bowring and Hanwood respectively. St Georges had to come from behind to win their game, with stand-in captain Glyn Picknell describing how it went. “We were 9 down off the front, and with the back four on the we were looking like losing. But Nige Evans was 20-5 down and got 12, Lewis Scott virtually ran out from 6-5 down to win 7 (to be best winner), as did Clay from 13 across. Ian Gaut was left on the green at 17 across with us 3 shots up. He then managed to get the 2 needed for us to squeeze through.” Best winner for Bowring was Jamie King and Rich Lawson 12.
The Bayley came through their game a little easier but it was still a close game on Chester Road. “It was a good match and we were pleased to progress through to finals night. Said stand-in skipper Spencer Clarke. “We led by 8 chalks after the 1st four although Hanwood responded well and had two good cards going for them in the 2nd four although our lads stuck to the task well, as we edged out by 15 chalks in the end to set up a final clash with St. Georges on Friday night.” Best card for the Bayley was Spencer himself 10 while Ash Wellings was the best for Hanwood 13.
The most successful team in the competition and a team who’s only failed to reach the final once have progressed to this year’s final. Ifton, the reigning holders, came through against Wem USC by 13 shots. Captain Dickie Jones comments “we got off to a good start with Leighton Roberts winning 5 (to be best winner) and then managed to keep in front.” Fred Bailey was the best of Wem’s four winners 9. It was more comfortable for Burway who made their fourth final in five years by defeating Chester Road by 36 on St Georges. Wayne Rogers led the way by winning 6, with Gary Beff the best for the Pool A holders winning 10.
So the finals on Friday are as follows:
Pool A Final – Sir John Bayley v St Georges – 7 start.
Pool B Final – Burway v Ifton – 7.15 start
The greens will be drawn on the night before the Pool A Final.