Lindfield beat Ardingly in Haroer Plater final

The team members, Lindfield A (left) and Ardingly
The team members, Lindfield A (left) and Ardingly

The Harper Plate Final held at the Lindfield Club saw Ardingly from Division Two taking on Lindfield A who play in the top flight.

The Ardingly skipper Nick Potter showed his talent when he opened up strongly to take an early lead which put pressure on his opponent, however, the flamboyant Stuart Harsant got his game together to build a fluent 30 break to move on to win 57-24.

Roy Simmons, always a tough nut to crack, opened up confidently but found the opposing skipper John Phipps striking the balls with flair to score heavily on his visits to the table, Phipps renowned for being a true battler placed his team into a 2-0 lead by winning 55-16. The canny Nick Ertl was determined to pull a frame back for his colleagues, as the frame progressed he made a variety of sound safety shots to make it difficult for Kim Hitchcock to get his potting game together. In the end, it was a happy Hitchcock who dug in to outwit his opponent 69-39 which gave Lindfield a 3-0 victory.

The unlucky players not to display their skills on the green baize were Ardingly’s Steve Korniotis, Mike Ardley and reserve Alan Smith with Lindfield’s Nick Lindup, Chris Carter and reserve Mick O’Donnell.

MSBSL Chairman Roy Tucknott, who refereed the match, praised Ardingly for their true spirit and competitive performance especially as this was only their second season as league members, the trophy was presented to Phipps, the victorious captain.