St Georges, Ifton, Bowring & Newport win through
There are three former winners in the Semi Finals of the KGJ Insurance County Cup as they all got through fairly comfortably. The closest game involved the only non-winner left in it, Ifton who beat Chester Road by 19 on Atcham Malthouse. It was close throughout, "we were 6 up after the first four, 12 after 8 and the back four kept it tight for us to win by 19" said Ifton skipper Dickie Jones. "It was a good team performance as we created a good atmosphere for the players on the green from the side to get us over the line against a still good Chester Road side." Best winners for Ifton were Keiron Roberts and Darren Lacey 7 while Andy Moss was best for the road 21-7. St Georges won the battle of the big guns beating Meole Brace by 44 overall. Captain Tony Rhodes comments "we arrived with the Bridgewater green very brown with odd patches of green. We're told that a shower at tea time completely deadened it and made it very heavy. After a shared first four my middle four smashed it and appeared to learn more from watching how the first four went than the Meole guys. I went on at 8 p.m. and 51 chalks to the good. Meole played well at the back in the last 3 games to reduce the deficit from 60 after I came off to 44. Really positive performance." Dave King was best winner for the Dragons 7 with Darren Wellings the best for Meole winning 11.
Newport defeated Bylet by 23 in a close fought game but the former winners were always ahead. They led by 16 after the first four with Kevin Keary their best winner 9 and they increased this to 19 after the middle four despite having three winners. In the back and Bylet did threaten a comeback with Chris Chamberlain 14-1 up and Matt Ealey winning 11, but two more winners in the other games meant Newport went through on St Georges. Bowring beat Wrockwardine Wood by 21 despite having nine winners in the match at Allscott. Mark Picknell and Dale Downes were best for the Wrockites winning 8 but the sheer number of winners got the holders through. Dave Lloyd was best for them 21-5 and captain Jamie King said he was "really proud of the team getting through a tough tie the way we did! After being so far down we showed real character to fight back and win the game. Our younger lads really showed what they can do and that we have a good balance of experience in the side!"
The Semi Final draw has matched Newport with Ifton, the St Martins side going for their first final since 2002 and Newport their first since 2014. Bowring meet St Georges in the other tie on Sinclair, St Georges looking for their first since 2011 and Bowring looking for back to back finals.
|1||Ifton||213||194||Chester Road||At||Atcham Malthouse|
|2||Newport||230||207||Bylet||At||St Georges Bottom Green|
|4||St Georges||217||173||Meole Brace||At||Bridgewater Big Green|