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Article: Alan Towe - A Look Back In Time - 1st September 2004

Alan Towe - A Look Back In Time - 1st September 2004

Throughout the length of the Brookmeadow Individual League season the battle for the number one spot has been hotly contested by two players, Robert Earl and Gordon Clinton. Going into the final fixture of the campaign Earl had lost two games to Clinton’s three. Earl squared up to Ricky Lawrence for his last match and suffered a somewhat surprising 2-1 defeat. Meanwhile, Clinton was taking on John Goodman and he recorded a 2-1 victory. So with the league rules giving two points for a win and a point for every winning leg it then came down to the number of legs won by each player and Earl, with 131 points, as opposed to Clinton’s 123, won the title.

Nevertheless, Clinton did not have to wait too long to get sweet revenge. In the league’s singles knockout, both Robert Earl and Gordon Clinton sailed through the first round with straight 4-0 wins over respective opponents Paul Stevens and John Goodman. In the quarter finals the two players met on the oche. The result was a 5-3 win for Clinton. In the semi finals Gordon took on John Whitehouse and earned himself a final spot with a 6-4 success. From the other half of the draw Brendan Lysaught had a 4-2 win against Gareth Lomas in the opening round. He then followed up with a convincing 5-0 win over Trevor Frost and another straight win, this time 6-0 against Mark Elkin in the last four.

Gordon began the finals in tremendous style hitting no fewer than four maximums in the first four legs, but despite this Brendan Lysaught stuck to his task and made him fight all the way for what was eventually close 7-5 result in favour of Gordon Clinton. Not a bad season Gordon, runner up in the league and winner of the singles, well done.

Full results: Round One:- Ricky Lawrence 1 Alan Smith 4, Andy Williams 0 Mark Elkin 4, Brendan Lysaught 4 Gareth Lomas 2, Trevor Frost 4 Dave Downes 1, John Whitehouse 4 Terry Blakemore 1, Pat Koyce 4 Paul Hogan 0, Gordon Clinton 4 John Goodman 0, Robert Earl 4 Paul Stevens 0, Quarter Finals:- Alan Smith 2 Mark Elkin 5, Brendan Lysaught 5 Trevor Frost 0, John Whitehouse 5 Pat Koyce 0, Gordon Clinton 5 Robert Earl 3, Semi Finals:- Mark Elkin 0 Brendan Lysaught 6, John Whitehouse 4 Gordon Clinton 6, Final:- Brendan Lysaught 5 Gordon Clinton 7.

The Sheldon and District Summer League have been involved in the second round of their Mrs F. Richman Trophy. Biggest win of the round went to Saltley Amateur Gardeners, who took out Shard End RBL Flights with a somewhat one sided 6-1 result. K.Moloney produced a tremendous 150 outshot for the Gardeners.

There were 5-2 wins for Malt Shovel, Three Horse Shoes, RAFA and Shard End Social, in turn at the expense of Shard End RBL ‘A’, Bromford Bridge Members Club, Sedgemere Social (K.Roberts 180) and Lea Hall Sports and Social Club. Also going through to the last eight were EBAHA, Stechford Social and Iron Horse, who accounted for their respective opponents Mackadown Social, Hen and Chickens (P.Lewis 180) and the Rave.

After completing week eleven in the Harborne and District Summer League, Midland Red, who have played and won all nine of their fixtures are clear leaders of division one on eighteen points. Their nearest rivals are the Raven who have lost two of their nine games, with Smethwick Labour close behind on six wins from eight.

In the second division Quinborne lead the field, with nine wins in eleven. However, they are top of the table on average only as Coopers Arms are another team that have a similar eighteen points. Bottom of the table Old Mill ‘A’ are the only team remaining in the league without a win so far.

Bartley Green Social Club Flights head the division three table, they have lost three of their ten games and have Greenlands Social breathing heavily down their necks as they have played two games fewer and only two points adrift and third placed WC WMC have three games in hand and are also just two points behind.

The South West Birmingham Clubs Summer League have staged their men’s and women’s doubles knockouts. Results from the men’s semi final’s were, Andy Beagrie and Chris Bayliss beat Mal Ford and Alan Wright, Kevin Beard and Tony Young beat Barry Thomas and George Bird. In the final Beagrie and Bayliss got the better of Beard and Young to claim the title.

The women’s semi finals saw Jane Hollyoake and and Maggie Smith lose to Kerry McCurry and Dawn Barbier and Yvonne Marriott and Georgina Brookes go down to the mother and daughter pairing of Cynthia and Tracey Goddard. The Title went to McCurry and Barbier with the Goddard’s runners up.

With two breaks of 120 and one of 100, plus scores of 135,125 and 4x100, Station Hotel representative Mark Kane lifted the Small Heath Summer League’s Charity Singles Competition crown. Kane faced Ward End Ex Service player Martin Cooper in the final, who notched up scores of 2x140 and 5x100.

Losing semi finalists were Paul Wilding (Victoria Flights) and John West (Station Hotel).

On the league front, after seven games Custard House and Station Hotel are level on twelve points, with only average separating the two teams. Victoria 301 Club, on ten points are third after losing their most recent game against Station Hotel 5-4.

The Tamworth Cue Sports League have completed their Peter Webb Knockout, with S.Liddell taking the title after beating K.Haddon in the final.

The league’s Open Cup was split into two sections of eight teams. In the semi finals of the first eight teams White Lion lost to Two Gates Club and the Globe beat Red Lion ‘A’. In the last four play off for the second eight Kettlebrook beat Jolly Sailor and the Dolphin defeated the Mercian.

The Globe have a four points lead at the top of division one after only six fixtures. They have a 100% record of twelve points with the Dolphin, who have not lost a match, but have drawn four are second. There is asimilar situation in division two with Red Lion ‘A’ top on ten points and Cue Sports Club second on six.

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