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Holders Prove Too Hot

posted Sep 18, 2016, 3:42 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Sep 21, 2016, 12:11 AM ]

They gave it their best shot but second division champions Sir John Bayley A were no match for the holders in the final of the League’s main KO for the Harris Cup.

Newport’s still-powerful Premier League line-up won the trophy for the fourth year in a row with a masterly display that made light of a 46 shot handicap difference.

Mark Selley’s men won 10 of the 12 games on Saturday (17 September) at Maddocks and only dropped a total of six chalks, the final winning margin in front of a 100-plus crowd being 39 shots.

Selley received the Harris Cup from League president Mike Potter while man of the match, Bayley captain, Pat Minton, received the runners-up trophy on behalf of his plucky and proud side.

Potter declared: "It was really good to see the lads of the second division champions come up against a Premier League side.

“They did themselves proud and it was great to see. But Newport were the masters and they gave them a lesson tonight."

A brave first four showing led by 21-19 winner Minton meant the Bayley still had 24 shots up their sleeve thanks to the handicap after the first four.

But quickfire wins by Selley (21-5) and Sam Millward (21-7) soon silenced the Bayley roars as the sun set - and Newport forged ahead.

So after a tough season Newport have one trophy in the bag and a place in finals day of the British Super to look forward to next month.

As for the young Bayley side, they can plan for an immediate return to the Mid Shropshire top flight next year when Minton will hope to have a settled team to cope with the step up in standard.

Full scores – Newport Premier 246-34=212, Sir John Bayley A 161+12=173:

Dave Rhodes 21 Craig Baugh 14, Alan Davidson 21 Robin Clarke 12, Peter Farmer 21 Danny Oliver 13, Russ Pegram 19 Pat Minton 21.

Chris Grocott 21 Ade Ashley 17, Sam Millward 21 Darren Rhoades 7, Mark Selley 21 Ben Hudson 5, Phil Emery 21 Michael Cooper 10.

Dale Rudrum 21 Andy Johnson 17, John Roberts Jnr 21 Gino Farruggio Jnr 11, Ian Whittington 21 Dan Lewis 13, Mick Jones 17 Bob Plant 21.

Referee: Terry Whitehouse.