The Jim Watts Memorial Billiards Doubles Handicap Trophy – Semi finalists, back row from left to right first. Steve Boterhoek, Brian Cannons, Dan Stone, Chris Christodoulou, Paul Tavender, front row – Mike Henstredge, Dave Baker and Paul Lawrence
Park Gate Pauls are seeing double!
Park Gate's Paul Lawrence and Paul Tavender made it two wins in two years for the Park Gate club (Chris Christodoulou and Mark Stansmore taking the inaugural trophy last season), as they defeated Churchills Eastleigh's Dave Baker and Mike Henstredge in the Jim Watts Memorial Billiards Doubles Handicap final held at Shirley Cons.
The semi final draw was made on the night and paired Baker and Henstredge (combined handicap of +70) against Totton Rec's duo of Brian Cannons and Dan Stone (combined handicap of +120). In a tense battle of nerves, the Totton boys kept their handicap advantage right up until the home straight but lost out by an agonising 200-195! Stone contributed as Cannons was not left a clear-cut shot for nearly 20 minutes! Churchill's Baker played consistently throughout the game and with Henstredge contributing at the start, they kept their dream of a first final victory alive.
In the other all Park Gate semi final, Lawrence and Tavender (combined handicap of +40) faced up to compatriots Chris Christodoulou and new partner Steve Boterhoek (combined handicap of +60). Lawrence and Tavender played well to lead early on, but Christodoulou showed his potting prowess to make breaks of 25 and 31 to close the gap. Boterhoek admitted that he did not contribute as he would of liked in the match, but he should be proud of reaching a first doubles semi. The brace of Pauls responded, and it was left to Lawrence to appropriately win the game with an in-off red, 200-182.
In the final, Lawrence and Tavender quickly made in-roads into the 30 point handicap deficit, and played some fine billiards shots, mixed with some accurate potting. Baker and Henstredge rallied somewhat in the middle portion of the game, but could not stop the Park Gate pair from winning comfortably by 200-123, thanks in part to a fine break of 30 from the cue of Tavender. Well done Paul and Paul!
Draw performed by Graham Garside & Tony Aldridge, with Andy Carter in attendance.
Mike Henstredge and Dave Baker 200 V 114 Steve Allen (32) and Mike Kunzi (37)
Paul Tavender and Paul Lawrence 200 V 171 Clive Gamblin and Gwen Gamblin
Will Mildenhall and Tony Spridgeon 180 V 200 Brian Cannons and Dan Stone
Derek Fry and Brian Bull 185 V 200 Chris Christodoulou and Steve Boterhoek
Mike Henstredge and Dave Baker 200 vs 190 Nick Alford and Rob Smith
Steve Allen and Mike Kunzi 200 (SA 53, 36, 32) vs 82 Terry Azor and Ray Smith
Paul Adams and Derek Foster (PA 31, 32) 157 vs 200 Paul Tavender and Paul Lawrence
Will Mildenhall and Tony Spridgeon vs Malcolm Willis and Mark Emm
Tony Aldridge and Lee Fitzpatrick 185 vs 200 Derek Fry and Brian Bull
Bye: Chris Christodoulou and Steve Boterhoek
Bye: Brian Cannons and Dan Stone
Bye: Clive Gamblin and Gwen Gamblin