Mick Kunzi fired in an 81 unfinished 

Park Gate claim prize scalp of the champs; Zagaroli, Kunzi, Lawrence, Bishop & Lowe end league campaigns with fine efforts.

The league season ended (well, almost) this week with runaway leaders Chandlers Ford losing for only the second time, to their long-time chasers Park Gate.

Paul Lawrence has hit a rich vein of form recently, and a tremendous 75 left current world number seven Ryan Mears unable to get into positive numbers despite runs of 42 and 35. Terry Azor (currently rated eighteen in the world) was similarly dispatched by Steve Boterhoek before Korbin Lowe (56, 31) started to restore some order for the champions in his win over Gary Wilton. Old sparring partners Ian Finch and Dave White went toe-to-toe again, with Finch coming out on top, and not even the traditional Danny Zagaroli fireworks (98, 47, 42) against Chris Christodoulou could rescue the champions, who lost the aggregate for just the fourth time in what has been a phenomenal season for Azor's talented bunch. Park Gate ended the season in the bronze medal position.

The race for second was in St Denys' hands, but they were badly wobbled by Sarisbury early on as John Oldfield put young upstart Malc Willis in his place and Geoff Knapp overcame Derek King. But the home team, strong on their own tables, fired back as talisman Adie Bridger withstood a 34 from Chris Collinson and skipper Mark Emm cruised past Kas Remzi. Chris Bishop completed the comeback with runs of 36 and 61 and, with the aggregate point secured, a 4-2 win was enough to maintain 2nd place in the final table. Sarisbury finished the season in 7th, no mean feat after losing their first five games.

Churchills knew their chances of matching their runners-up finish of 2019-20 were slim, and sure enough a fine 4-2 win at Hamble was only enough for fourth in the final reckoning. Nick Wood's 33 and 36 weren't enough to faze Mike Henstredge, and Mark McLean continued his good form with a solid win over Tony Spridgeon. Home sipper Will Mildenhall saw off Steve Scott and Rob Shattock got the better of Derek Foster to make it interesting before Steve Hulbert's fine win over Wood handed the match to the away team. 2018-19 champions Hamble finished fifth in the final standings.

Totton hosted Curdridge and star of the show was Parkstone's finest, Mick Kunzi, with a cracking 81 unfinished and a 31 as he did a number on Brian Bull. Steve Allen's 44 helped him to a good win over Clive Gamblin, but Derek Fry came out well ahead against John Ransome. Ryan Longhurst was too strong for Richard Marshall, but Tony Aldridge and Rob Smith were involved in a nail-biter with the home man getting there by just three points in the end. Totton finished their campaign in sixth, and Curdridge unfortunately maintained their 100% losing away record and will finish the season in the wooden spoon position. Still, it's good that the club is still there and we await developments over the summer.

It's been a challenging season for many, but it's been great to see everyone back at the baize and playing again. There are many competitions to be decided over the next few weeks, but whatever the results we hope that games continue to be played in the great spirit that they have been played in this season. Chandlers Ford have been dominant again, in the league, and that's great credit to their consistency and level of performance.

This week's Usher Shield Final will see Hamble and Park Gate battle it out at Sarisbury Social, and the Jim Watts Doubles reaches its conclusion the following night at Churchills. The Stuart Hamper, the Challenge Cup and the blue riband Gordon Lewis all conclude soon, and spectators are always welcome. We like to see you there.

A huge thank you to the clubs for hosting not just league matches but providing neutral venues for other competitions. It is much appreciated.

AGM proposals will be welcomed in due course and we hope to see as many of you as possible there in the summer. Venue and date will be confirmed when known.

 

 

PARK GATE 4 -2 CHANDLERS FORD

(90) S. Boterhoek 200 - 6 T. Azor (-185)
(-15) P. Lawrence 200 -  -7 R. Mears (-250)
(70) G. Wilton 165 - 200 K. Lowe (-25)
(35) I. Finch 200 - 184 D. White (75)
(45) C. Christodoulou 135 - 200 D. Zagaroli (-250)

Aggregate Score 900 - 583

Breaks: PL 75 RM 42, 35 KL 56, 31 DZ 98, 47, 42

ST DENYS 4 - 2 SARISBURY

(40) M. Willis 125 - 200 J. Oldfield (40)
(60) D. King 178 - 200 G. Knapp (45)
(85) A. Bridger 200 - 180 C. Collinson (65)
(30) M. Emm 200 - 165 K. Remzi (75)
(-40) C. Bishop 200 - 152 N. Bradfield (75)

Aggregate Score 903 - 897

Breaks: CB 36, 61 CC 34 

HAMBLE 2 - 4 CHURCHILLS

(-45) N. Wood 165 - 200 M. Henstredge (95)
(45) T. Spridgeon 177 - 200 M. McLean (-10)
(100) W. Mildenhall 200 - 181 S. Scott (55)
(105) R. Shattock 200 - 171 D. Foster (15)
(-45) N. Wood 98 - 200 S. Hulbert (85)

Aggregate Score 840 - 952

TOTTON 4-2 CURDRIDGE

(-80) S. Allen 200 - 153 C. Gamblin (40)
(-10) M. Kunzi 200 - 147 B. Bull (65)
(105) J. Ransome 158 - 200 D. Fry (110)
(50) R. Longhurst 200 - 185 R. Marshall (105)
(20) T. Aldridge 200 - 197 R. Smith (90)

Aggregate Score 958 - 882

Breaks: SA 44 MK 31, 81uf