Presidents Handicap Quarter Finals by Mick Buckland
In the Nicholas Humphreys Presidents Cup for the Premier Division, the top two sides for the past few years won their quarter final matches and will now meet in the Semi-final. Burton Cons A thrashed Spot On B 8-0 but Ivanhoe had a harder match coming out 5-3 winners against a spirited Belmont A side. Rich Goldby played well to take a frame off of Andy Marriott and Ian Archer took two off of Ant Moore. Wins for Daniel Blunn and Ian Rennocks saw the Ashby side through. The other semi final will be contested by Spot On A and Spot On C. Wins for Andy Speirs, Nigel Tomlinson and Mark Stirling ensured the A team’s passage with only Andy Goldingay providing any resistance for the A team from Swad Snooker Centre. The Spot On C team were helped by wins for Andy Jenkins and John Hardy against Tutbury A. A draw for Trevor Heath against Steve Mabbutt ensured the last match was not required. The league and all its players would like to wish Steve Gaunt a speedy recovery after being taken poorly this last week.
In Division One, the win of the week came from Rolleston C who thrashed Stapenhill B 7-1 on their own patch. In the semi final , they will take on the Institutes A team who beat Tutbury B in a battle between two of the early season promotion contenders. Burton Cons C had to rely on winning a deciding doubles frame as they beat Ivanhoe C. Lee Louch and Ian Shrive were the Cons’ boys on form as they beat Ivanhoe’s Graham Measures and Darren Wilson. In the semi final they will be away to Alrewas B, who beat the Newhall A team.
In the Team Handicap for Division Two, Woodville S & S D team had the easy task of a free route into the semi final after Alrewas D had folded. They will now play Woodville C who beat Ivanhoe D 6-2. The other semi final will be between Belmont C and Alrewas C as they beat Tutbury C and Swad Cons C respectively.
A reminder to all captains that these semi finals need to be played on a mutually agreeable date by 25th November-it is both captains responsibility to get this organised.