||Both Ashford Mavericks A and Ashford Mavericks B qualified for the National KO at Great Yarmouth.
Ashford Mavericks A were drawn in a group along side Luton Lions, East Leeds and Witney.
Ashford A were drawn to play Luton Lions first and won 10-5, which meant they played the winner of East Leeds and Witney for top spot in their group. They faced and beat East Leeds 10-6 meaning they qualified as group winners and progressed into the Last 64.
The A's comfortably beat Dawley A 10-3 and meant they would face Sun Valley on Sunday morning.
Sun Valley have been in the latter stages of the KO on many occassions and proved to be a step to far for the A's who lost 10-7 but pushed Sun Valley to the last frame.
A special mention to Dave Riley for winning 7 out of his 8 frames.
Ashford Maverickss B were drawn in a group including City of Leicester, DSC Bullets and Kendal.
A tough group for a team playing with a player short.
Ashford B were drawn against City of Leicester, a regular at Yarmouth and subsequently lost 10-4. This meant that the B's had to play the loser of the other match, which turned out to be DSC Bullets who lost in a one frame play-off after a 9-9 draw. Ashford B starting 2-0 won 10-6 and ensured a one match shoot out with Kendal for a place in the last 64. Again, starting 2-0 the B's found themselves 6-3 down at the half way point and looked set for an exit. However a superb second set resulting in the B's drawing the match 9-9, the come back included a monster yellow from The Pundit! With the match finishing 9-9 a one frame play-off was needed to determine who went through. Several members of the team were keen to step up but Ricky Clifton took the cue to the table for the decider, winning the lag Ricky split the balls nicely but agonisingly nothing went down... With vocal support from the Romney boys all eyes were on the Kendal player who calmly took the clearance out and sent Kendal through to the last 64.
A splendid effort from the B team to go so close to making the Last 64 of a national competition with a player short is a credit to all involved.
A cracking weekend had by all. Sat-Nav is a YIDO!!
||The National Amateurs 2015 and National Interleague KO 2015 will take place between Thursday 1st October and Sunday 4th October.
Ashford A & B have qualified for the IL KO and as a result the following games will be postponed (without points deduction as players are representing the league):
Ashford Club WP v Mavericks Magic
Mavericks Swans v Mavericks X
Mavericks Elite v Ashford Club A (TBC)
||To be played on 20th August 2015
All matches best of 7.
Two people from each group to qualify for the next round.
Pre-Lim 1 - Jools Fane v Dave Riley
Pre-Lim 2 - Ricky Clifton v Alec Blythe
Winner of prelim 1 v Winner of prelim 2
Malcolm Johnston v Danny Bell-Hughes
Adam Twycross v Barry Fannon
Andy Stevens v Jamie Yerrall
Lorraine Fivey v Joseph Cronin
Scott Tippett v Tony Kesterton
Graham Newey v Mick Bell-Hughes
Matt Stevens v Phil Gledhill
@ Dukes Head
Troi Couzens v R Bartlett
Dara Farrell v Steve Allison
Hayden Law v Richard William
M Dryland v Tom Russell
Division 2 dates to be confirmed.
Please can winning players let the league secretary know their score via text AFTER Sunday 23rd 3pm.
Any questions between now and Sunday 23rd 3pm please contact Malcolm Johnston at Mavericks as I am away next week.
Please note venues have been chosen on the number of entries received from each venue.