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Howarth’s 62 run gives Park cause to cheer
8:00am Wednesday 19th March 2014 in Sport
Park A overcame a 6-2 deficit from the first leg to storm into the semi-finals of the John Greenhalgh Trophy.
Ste Aspinall finally showed his true ability knocking in a fabulous 85 clearance to take the opener.
Danny Howarth took frame two with a sizzling run of 62 and then teamed with Aspinall to take the first doubles.
The Orchard youngsters had done a brilliant job to take the first leg but it seemed as though they managed to wake a slumbering giant as Park took frame after frame.
Skipper Mark Jennings chipped in with a 43 break to ensure his side's safe passage through.
Full credit to Paul Keryk and the rest of the Orchard team for making their first division opponents fight all the way.
They have learned a lot in their first season and must surely improve even more next year.
Park’s opponents in the semis will be Blackburn Golf A who survived the fright of their lives against an inspired Hole I'th Wall team.
Leading 5-3 from the first leg it was supposed to be an easy night for the golfers but it turned into a near disaster as the Hole boys quickly took a 5-0 lead to leave themselves just 1 frame away from victory!
It wasn't to be though as Barry Pease led the fight back back taking the final pairs with Lee Tatters and then winning his singles comfortably.
That left young Jordan Cotton to try and win the last frame to force a sudden death playoff.
He turned in a nerveless performance to take the frame 58-7 and leave the way for namesake Mick to take the deciding frame 58-29 against a nervous Mick Taylor.
It was a similar story at Mill Hill where the home side, leading 5-3 from the first leg also went 5-0 down against VIP B before Mick Killilea turned on the style to steady the ship, and when Eamon Bufton won his singles and partnered Darren Johnson to victory in the last doubles it was sudden death.
Mick Bufton took the responsibility and didn't disappoint, using all his experience to put his side through where they will face Cherry Tree.
Leading 5-3 after the first leg the cricketers overcame Hoddlesden 4-2 to reach the nine-frame target.
It was pretty much one way traffic in the quarter finals of the Danny Hogan Memorial Trophy.
Greenfield, leading 7-1 from the first leg survived the shock defeat of Chris Lawson in the opener before taking the next two to win the match 9-2.
Stanhill eased their way to a 5-3 win over Rishton Golf Club and VIP A, leading 7-1 after the first leg, went through with ease, their opponents Park B conceding the second leg.
Longshaw B were made to sweat by Feniscowles, losing the leg 5-3 but their 6-2 win at Feniscowles was enough to see them through where they will face first division leaders Greenfield.
Semi-Final Draws: Danny Hogan Memorial Cup Greenfield v Longshaw B, VIP A v Stanhill John Greenhalgh Trophy Mill Hill v Cherry Tree, Blackburn Golf Club A v Park A
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