Gresham’s trio book their place in Doubles Cup final


- Credit: Eastern Counties Newspapers

The first semi-final of the Star Paving Services North Norfolk League Knockout Doubles Cup saw Gresham's School A's Robin Thaxter, Haken Bennell and Jonas Lee host Poachers' Aaron Howell, David Foster and Chris Fuller.

Thaxter and Lee took the opener in four and Foster and Fuller then beat Bennell and Lee 8-11, 11-8, 12-14, 11-8, 11-5.

The Gresham's pair also went the distance in their next outing with their 11-8, 4-11, 9-11, 14-12, 11-8 win against Howell and Fuller sandwiched in the middle of two straight sets wins split between the two teams.

Foster and Fuller edged out Thaxter and Bennell 14-12 in the fifth to level the tie at 3-3. A four set win for Howell and Foster against Bennell and Lee moved Poachers one win from the final and with Howell and Fuller taking the first two sets 13-11, 11-5 against Thaxter and Bennell, the Hunworth based side were then one set away.

The Gresham's pair battled back taking the next three 11-6, 11-8, 11-9 to set up the deciding battle which saw Thaxter and Lee beat Foster and Fuller 11-5, 11-5, 7-11, 11-1 to complete Gresham's 5-4 win.

The final second round tie in the Handicap Doubles Cup saw Backhanders' Teucer Wilson, Whil De Neve and Paul Warner beat LCC Seals' Jeremy James and Peter and Stephen Ratcliffe 5-2.

In the Premier Division, NWSCB's Werner Zivna and the Richard's Westgate and Porritt hosted NWSCA's Andy Beane, Tom Baldock-Yaxley and Philip Stone (playing up) with Zivna beating Stone in straight. Porritt beat Stone from two down and also picked up a fine win in four against Beane. Stone failed to convert a second two set lead against Westgate who saved two match-points at 8-10 down in the fourth. The remaining battles were all won by NWSCA in straight sets as they took a 6-4 win.

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Stone then joined his regular team-mates Phil Mole and Stuart Hook as NWSCD visited Mundesley A. Mole led by a set and 5-0 against Jonathan Care who recovered to take the second 11-7 en route to a win in five. Hook won another dramatic five-setter against Care while Stone beat the Mundesley player in four. Peter Betts and Paul Price both took full houses ending with a doubles win in four against Hook and Stone that completed Mundesley A's 8-2 win.