Latest Summer League News - Posted 14/08/2017
Lea Club A with 14 wins from their 14 matches, won group A with a 4 point margin and managed a 4-3 win over KCC D with the Coach & Horses A taking runners up spot after their 5-2 home win against the Royal Oak. The other two results in this group were a 7-0 whitewash for Lytham Ex Service over the Queens Arms A and a 5-2 win away for the Stanley Arms against the Stables Bar B.
The Coach & Horses B took group B in style, finishing their campaign with a 7-0 whitewashing of the Top House B and the Queens Arms B managed a 4-3 home win over the Wheatsheaf. The Links A with a 4-3 win put an end to a miserable season for the Stables Bar A and match of the week has to go to the Boot & Shoe against KCC C. To proceed to the group knock out stages, KCC just had to better a 4-3 loss, but fell behind to the Boot with 5 straight frame wins – running out 5-2 winners and taking the last knock out place. There were some very fast finishes in this match with7 ball clearances for both Alan Armer and Tony Preston of the Boot & Shoe and a clearance off the break for Mick Hughes of the cricket club.
Kirkham Cricket Club B are champions of group C as they trounced the Plough A 6-1 and go though, along with the Stables Bar C who just got over the line 4-3 against the Links B and the Lane Ends ended their campaign on a high with a 5-2 home win over Lea Club B.
KCC A had qualified as group winners before last week, but went out in style with a 5-2 win over the Plough B and Wrea Green Institute came from 3-0 down to win 4-3 at home against the Top House A. The Derby Inskip needed a 7-0 win against the Stables Bar D to catch the Clifton Arms in second, but had to settle for a 5-2 and the Warton boys go through.
So the quarter finals are all played this week and Lea Club A will host the Boot & Shoe with quarter final 2 having the Coach A against the Coach B in a Freckleton derby and KCC B will entertain the Clifton Arms with KCC A up against the Stables Bar C.
The doubles tournament was played to it’s conclusion and the the winning pairing of Ian Scott with John Threlfall of the Plough A made it their own. They overcame John Matthews and Gaz Iddon of KCC A in their semi final and came back from 1-0 down to snatch it 2-1. The other semi final had Andy Wadham with Gaz Davies of KCC A winning 2-0 in a marathon match against Tony Preston and Andy Crane of the Boot & Shoe.
The final swung both ways with the KCC boys losing frame one which they should have won and winning frame two which they ought not to have done, but there was just no holding the Plough duo and two exquisite frame finishes from firstly John Threlfall in frame three and then Ian Scott in frame four and taking the match 3-1, were worthy winners on the night.