The annual Queens Road Trophy held at the Literary and Social Club saw East Grinstead gaining sweet revenge over Mid Sussex when they reversed last season’s result 10-6.
In the named doubles they took a 2-1 lead when Richard Kinnard /James Williams defeated Lee Canizzaro / Vince Elphick 86-32 and followed up with Dale Barnes and Kevin Jennings beating Kevin Ward/Mark Bright 69-42, the visitor’s pulled one back in a close encounter as Neil Baker/Neil Smith ousted Andy Carter / Dave Wexford 52-48.
This gave the Grins much confidence as they upped their game to gain a whitewash in the drawn doubles, Dale Barnes / James Bagley winning 43-28 against Chris Carter/Kevin Ward, Paul Saunders / Mick Tugwell outwitting Neil Baker/Martin Batchelor 62-51 and completing the treble Nigel Bailey/Andy Carter coming home 45-27 against Wayne Hamilton/Ian Janman.
Going into the singles 5-1 down the Middies then lost the next five frames with Vince Elphick losing out to Andy Carter 59-33, Richard Kinnard’s 62-7 success over Neil Smith, James Williams 50-43 win against Martin Batchelor,
Dale Barnes taking out Ian Janman 93-35 and Lee Cannizzaro going down 56-43 to Mick Tugwell.
The final five frames saw Mid Sussex stopping a rout when they recovered by winning them all, Chris Carter retaining his unbeaten singles record in the competition fluently defeating Kevin Jennings 52-9, Wayne Hamilton moved on to win against James Bagley 58-36, Kevin Ward notched a fine 67-33 win over Paul Saunders, Neil Baker’s 56-12 success against Nigel Bailey and to complete the nap hand, Mark Bright shone in his 65-1 victory over Dave Wexford.
During the evening the enthusiastic audience enjoyed watching fluent break building with Richard Kinnard’s 77 and 39 plus a Lee Canizzaro 31, the match was well marshalled by referees Dennis Wakeford and Steve Barton.
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