Charles Stampe Trophy - Semi-Final Report
We are now down to the final two in the CST and it is an all first division clash between Anchorians 3 and Upnor A. Although Upnor have won both encounters in the league fairly comfortably the scores have been close enough to suggest that this will be a very close encounter.
ANCHORIANS 3 378 ANCHORIANS 5 374
This was a very close match all the way from game 1 and there was never more than 14 points between the two teams until game 8 when Anchorians 3 got away to lead by 15 points with just the last game left. In the first game Tony Slater used his handicap well and beat Jeff Norman 49-42. Garry Kimber extended this lead to 10 points in beating Sean McMillan 45-42. Jack Lolljawaheer then tied 42 all with Paul Norman so after the first 3 games Anchorians 5 held a 10 point lead. This was extended in game 4 as Tony Slater got the edge on Sean McMillan 46-42. At that point the fight back began with Jeff Norman edging past Jack Lolljawaheer 42-41 and Paul Norman then beat Garry Kimber 42-31 to give Anchorians 5 a slender 2 point advantage after 6 games. In game 7 Sean McMillan beat Jack Lolljawaheer 42-36 as Anchorians 3 took the lead for the first time. Paul Norman then extended that lead to 15 points by beating Tony Slater 42-31 and although Garry Kimber beat Jeff Norman 53-42 Anchorians 3 hung on to win by just 4 points.
UPNOR A 378 CHATHAM ENDURANCE 364
On the face of it this match was slightly easier for Upnor than the other semi-final but Chatham Endurance never let Upnor get away too far. The first game was honours even as Sean Durkin and Dave Gracey shared a 42-all draw. Game 2 was another very close encounter as Shane Jarrett beat Malcolm Kay by a single point 42-41. In game 3 Marylyn Dudgeon extended Upnor's lead by beating Paul Cullern 42-39 to give Upnor a slim 4 point lead after the first 3. This was extended to 18 points as Shane Jarrett beat Sean Durkin 42-37, Dave Gracey beat Paul Cullern 42-40 and Marylyn Dudgeon beat Malcolm Kay 42-35. In the final round of games Shane Jarrett beat Paul Cullern 42-40 and Marylyn Dudgeon repeated this scoreline in beating Sean Durkin. In the final game Malcolm Kay played his best game of the night and beat Dave Gracey 50-42 but it was a case of too little, too late for Endurance and Upnor triumphed by 14 points.
The final of the CST Trophy this year will, therefore be between Anchorians 3 and Upnor A and will be played at the Sturdee clubs venue in Newington on Monday 3rd April starting at 7.30 sharp. All are welcome to attend so please support your league and show yourselves.