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Holders Too Hot To handle

posted Jun 27, 2016, 4:45 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Jun 30, 2016, 11:45 AM ]

Simon Oldcorn delivered “the bowl of my life” as he and Peter Millington retained the League's Dixon Driscoll Doubles title..

The re-united Trench team-mates kept a firm grip on the trophy by defeating Wrockwardine Wood sisters Angela Gaut and Helen Clee 21-8 in the final at Maddocks on Saturday 25 June..

But the reigning champions were in grave danger of letting a 17-10 lead in their semi-final against Donnington Wood young bucks Ashley Gregory and Dan Taylor count for nothing – until Oldcorn’s wonder bowl.

That clinched a 21-20 victory on an afternoon when both semis were thrillers, Gaut & Clee scoring a rare competition success over their club mates, husband and wife Stuart and Jackie Rutter, by the same score.

A modern record of 44 entries had contested qualifiers at four venues in the morning, but the final stages were marred by behaviour issues that will be discussed at the League's executive meeting on Tuesday 5 July.

Organiser Phil King apologised to competitors and supporters before league president Mike Potter, who was referee for the finals, and chairman Sean Round made the presentations.

Oldcorn – who left Horsehay to rejoin Trench over the winter – and Millington are the first pairing to retain the trophy since Richard Suggett and Steve Bishton in 2004 and '05.

Quarter-finl scores: Clee & Gaut 21 Sian Skelton & Sophie Meredith 11; S & J Rutter 21 Ayden Smith & Kieran Buckley 8; Oldcorn & Millington 21 Ian Thomas & Steve Downes 12; Gregory & Taylor 21 Phil & Marg King 5.