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Albrighton's Ashton Double

posted Sep 4, 2016, 3:11 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Sep 8, 2016, 12:03 AM ]

Albrighton have got their hands on the Ashton Cup . . . just 12 months after winning the Ashton Shield.

They won the main knockout for Monday night teams by beating Horsehay by three shots after a handicap advantage of 23 shots was taken into account at Hadley USC on Saturday 3 September.

Fourth division Horsehay C had seven winners from the 10 games in the final and finished 20 chalks to the good on cards - 193-173 - but came up just short when the handicaps were added on.

Albrighton C were considered a 'new' team and placed in division six by delegates when Albrighton's Monday side of last season accepted promotion to the Friday night top divisions for this year.

And they were soon under pressure in the final as Roger Bridge with a 21-12 card led Horsehay’s early push to make inroads into the handicap on a gloomy night, and they led by 14 after the first four.

It was even closer after eight with Horsehay 22 shots up – so one behind with the handicap – with Ken Harley’s 21-13 win keeping Albrighton just in front.

And 21-17 winner Chris Gregory and the vastly experienced George Law with 19 got them over the line, leading to skipper June Law receiving the revamped trophy from league President Mike Potter.

He made the thank you speech, adding: “It was another really good final and both sets of players can be really proud of their efforts.”

Full scores – Horsehay C 193+6=199 Albrighton C 173+29=202:

Adam Roden 21 Joe Ashford 14, Eth Harris 16 Pat Kinsey 21, Peter Hayward 21 June Law 18, Roger Bridge 21 Elaine Gregory 12, Olwyn Howells 21 Norma Ashford 20.

Ivor Picken 21 Lew Wolfe 13, Michael Rhodes 21 Jean Stroudley 14, Sue Harris 13 Ken Harley 21, Allan Ludlow-Rhodes 17 Chris Gregory 21, John Phillips 21 George Law 17.

League officials hope that the handicap system, which has worked so well in both Ashton knockouts this season, does so again in the Harris Cup final on September 17 . . .