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Nov 16th

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This season’s Handicap Cup has started with a new supremo at the helm. Richard Carpenter has accepted the poisoned chalice and with a good use of his abacus and slide rule appears to have done well with the handicaps. He reports that the early matches in the cup produced a series of tight matches most of which finished 5-4.
Perhaps the most exciting of these was the match between Cody B and Merrow E in which Cody initially raced away to a 4-1 lead and almost won the match when Mick Strode finished on level points with Eric North. With the match going to the last game Merrow’s slim chances rested on a rare sight in the competition namely a Premier Division player in Robin Pretty who was giving away the maximum start of 32 to Norrie Short. Incredibly Pretty managed the seemingly impossible winning 4,0,6,0 to scrape through by two points.
Ash have two division three teams in the competition and both won preliminary rounds. The C team got past Aftermath B 5-3 but the B team had a very tight match with Aftermath A. The match was decided in the last game contested between Margaret Thornton and Frank Roberts. The Ash player was victorious by three points.
Last year’s finalists had conflicting fortunes with Cody A creeping past Challoner 5-4 to set up an all first division clash with Merrow E. However the holders, Merrow H, without Steve and Scott Gotham could not get past Bramley D who had Geoff Nevitt and Kim Farminer in fine form. Elsewhere Woking LTC defeated Godalming Z and produced the only player, to date, in Mike Glen to win all his three matches.
Elsewhere in the league Ash A in the First Division maintained their 100% record with a tight 6-4 win over College Hill B. No player was unbeaten with braces for Paul Creamer and Andy Clegg (College Hill) and Paul Myers and John Taylor (Ash).
In the Second Division Aftermath C eased into the promotion slot with an emphatic 8-2 defeat of Aftermath D. James Sellen and Martin Strutt picked up full houses whilst Dave Wilson only lost out to Jim Roberts. Merrow G continued their topsy-turvey season with a surprisingly comfortable 8-2 defeat of Bramley B. Scott Gotham was undefeated for Merrow with Ashley Barnes and Simon Dickinson both only losing out to Linda Makepeace.
In the Fourth Division College Hill D reclaimed top spot with a 9-1 demolition of Godalming only losing the doubles. Peter Caudrey, David J Reading and Paul Tanton picking up the points. Woking LTC D has had a difficult start to the season but a whitewash of Godalming J will give them some heart. Malcolm Hollett, Alexey Kolosov and Naru Sundar made up the winning trio.