Castlefields won a record 7th Alan Mayhew Trophy Final as they beat Meole Brace by 47 chalks. They were always ahead in the game, and finished off with 8 winners out of the 12. It started well for Meole though, having a couple of games 5-2 and 3-0 but once the Fields found their feet they went through the gears. Mike Beer recovered and went 19-8 up on Dave Redge, before Dave managed to get to 12. Glyn Herbert beat Scott Moseley 15 after a burst at the end, while Keith Walton had a good game with Ade Jennings, which he took from behind to win 19. The game of the night was between former homester Keith Wall and Julian Cooke. Both players were exceptional, and it was Julian who took the game 19 to earn himself the first “Mark Burroughs” man of the match trophy. After four Castlefields were 17 up.
Into the middle and Luke Jones was always ahead of Nigel Bound, converting a 15-10 lead into a 12 victory. Callum Wraight was rarely troubled in his game with Martin Blizard, winning 8. Mark Thomas raced 16-8 up on Andy Judson in the corners, before Andy fought back to get back to 16. Steve Duckett was a few down at the start of his game with Doug Edwards, around 8-4, but on a round peg he played very well and only let Doug score four more. This meant that Castlefields were know 40 up and virtually there.
In the back four and Paul Williams led 14-3 in the corners, before Jon Lyttle got in and went about 30m to get back to about 14-10 down, but Paul got the block back and won 14. Rich Goddard went from about 7 across with Martin Middleton and stretched him out corners to win 11. The back two were winners for Meole Brace, Kieran Jones going from about 11 across to beat Barry Keep 14 down an edge, while Tim Jordan recovered from 7-2 down to go long and defeat Mark Taylor 18, after Mark had come back from 15-10 down. All this meant a 47 chalk victory for the Fields, and a record 7th Alan Mayhew Trophy success.
Full scores are below, pictures will be posted later.
|Keith Wall||19||21||Julian Cooke|
|Michael Beer||21||12||Dave Redge|
|Keith Walton||21||19||Adrian Jennings|
|Glyn Herbert||21||15||Scott Moseley|
|Luke Jones||21||12||Nigel Bound|
|Callum Wraight||21||8||Martin Blizard|
|Andrew Judson||16||21||Mark Thomas|
|Steve Duckett||21||13||Doug Edwards|
|Paul Williams||21||14||Jon Lyttle|
|Rich Goddard||21||11||Martin Middleton|
|Barry Keep||14||21||Keiran Jones|
|Mark Taylor||18||21||Tim Jordan|
Castlefields won their 7th Alan Mayhew Trophy on Saturday, becoming the record holders. Captain Alan Peach commented “it was a difficult green with lots of pace to it but once our lads settled down I felt we was worthy winners. Taking nothing away from meole our strength in depth told in the end. Thank you to all the players and supporters for a very enjoyable season.”
Alan Mayhew presents his trophy to captains Alan Peach (left) and Graham Rogers (right).
Rob Burroughs present the first “Mark Burroughs” man of the match award to Julian Cooke for his 19 win over Keith Wall, the best game on the green in the whole match.