2019 winners St Denys Cons players from left to right – Graham Garside, Malcolm Willis, Ade Bridger, Andy Carter, Mark Emm, Chris Bishop and Derek King.
The Southampton Billiards League 2018-2019 Usher Cup Team Handicap final was played between reigning champions Hamble Social and St Denys Cons at Totton Rec. And it turned out to be as exciting a finish as the previous season’s final, when Hamble pipped Churchills Eastleigh by a nail-biting four points in the last game!
The tournament format sees a five player team playing one game each, playing off of their own individual league handicap, in a first to 200 point game. The team with the most points scored at the end of the five games wins the match. A sure spell for twists and turns right up to the last game then!..
The first pairing to play was St Denys Cons’ Malcolm Willis verses Hamble’s Paul Knights. And Knights proved a worthy match starter, as he won by 30 points, 200-170 to give his team an early advantage in the total points scored format. Hamble’s Rob Shattock could not have asked for a better personal game in the next pairing, as he beat Chris Bishop 200-144, despite Bishop making a 31 break. This gave Hamble a healthy 86 point lead, 400 to 314 going into the third pairing.
But St Denys Cons' Andy Carter had other ideas as he proved decisive by beating Hamble’s Nick Wood by a match changing 99 points, 200-101, bringing the aggregate score to 514 to 501 in St Deny’s favour. In the fourth game, Cons' captain Mark Emm sensed the chance to go for the jugular, as he beat Mark Spridgeon by 21 points, 200-179, to extend his team’s aggregate points lead to 34 points, 714 to 680.
The last match-deciding pairing pitched St Deny’s Derek King up against Hamble’s captain Will Mildenhall. King was required to score 167 points to win the overall aggregate. Well, he was not to be denied, as he duly reached the required 167 mark, although Mildenhall went on to win 200-172. It handed his team a superb cup victory by a nail-biting 6 points over the 1000 points on offer, 886 to 880, to leave Hamble knowing how Churchills felt last season. A great final and well done St Denys Cons!
ST DENYS CONS 886 V HAMBLE SOCIAL 880
Malcolm Willis 170 Paul Knights 200
Chris Bishop (31) 144 Rob Shattock 200
Andy Carter 200. Nick Wood 101
Mark Emm 200 Mark Spridgeon 179
Derek King 172 Will Mildenhall 200
Words from host Tony Aldridge - Final at Totton Rec, Wednesday 17 April 7.30pm
A good start by Hamble, taking the first two tables and Chris Bishop putting in a 31 break. The next two up proved to be a lengthy affair and the match probably hinged on an unfortunate miscue by Nick Wood, letting his opponent Andy Carter in, for a 99 point win. This left Derek King with a target of 167 which he duly completed with a Mid-table pot red to the top left hand pocket.
St Denys Cons 986 V Sarisbury Social 744
D.KING 200 v 147 J.OLDFIELD (33)
M.WILLIS (38) 200 v 140 C.COLLINSON
C.BISHOP (46) 186 v 200 K.REMZI
A.CARTER 200 v 152 N.BRADFIELD
M.EMM 200 v 105 G.KNAPP
Hamble Social 999 V Curdridge RBL 781
Paul Knights 200 V Gwen Gamblin 156
Will Mildenhall 200 V Rob Smith 151
Rob Shattock 200 V Derek Fry 94
Nick Wood 199 V Brian bull 200
Tony Spridgoen 200 V Clive Gamblin 180
Paul Knights 43
Clive Gamblin 43
Chandlers Ford Central V Curdridge RBL
Danny Zagaroli 200 v Brian Bull 184
terry60 v r.marshal 200
korbyn 160 clive 200
ray smith 200 derek fry 189
Churchills Eastleigh V walkover win Hamble Social
Totton Rec 839 V St Denys Cons 907
M. Thatcher 200 v A. Carter. 140
M. Kunzi (36) 200 v C. Bishop 167
L. Fitzpatrick 137 v M. Emma 200
T. Aldridge 115 v D. King (41) 200
B. Cannons 187 v A. Bridger 200
Sarisbury Social 1000 V Park Gate RBL 883
G.KNAPP 200 C CHRISTOLOULOU 166
C.COLLINSON 200 S.BOETHOEK 196
N.BRADFIELD 200 P.LAWRENCE 196
J.OLDFIELD 200 C.PULLEN 161
K.RENZI 200 P.TAVENDER 164
BREAKS N.BRADFIELD 30