Finals night at club is a family affair
THIS Tuesday s Ridley League finals night at Chelmsford Social Club could produce TWO family doubles. The host club s Yvonne Hall-Wilson, women s singles champion three times in different decades (1988, 1995, 2003), faces Kim Gardiner (Rayne Cock), the st
THIS Tuesday's Ridley League finals night at Chelmsford Social Club could produce TWO family doubles.
The host club's Yvonne Hall-Wilson, women's singles champion three times in different decades (1988, 1995, 2003), faces Kim Gardiner (Rayne Cock), the star turn of the earlier rounds, in the final shoot-out - while her son and team-mate Martin Compton tackles Galleywood Eagle's Alan Church for the men's trophy.
Meanwhile Mary Sainsbury, Gardiner's women's pairs partner, will also be rooting for her son Mark in the Licensees' Cup final against Russell Finch (Chelmsford SC).
History is against the Gardiner-Sainsbury pairing in their meeting with Hall-Wilson and Vanessa Grimsey; the Cock's two previous final appearances in this event ended in defeat. The Social Club girls, by contrast, have both won the title twice, each time with different partners.
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Only three of the nine finals aren't North Section v South showdowns. Steve O'Neil (Retreat) will aim to help skipper Andy Camp crown his third successive men's pairs final by regaining the trophy he won with Peter Webb in 2005. Against the Chequers' in-form Barry Linin and Matt Day, that's by no means a certainty.
Steve Prow's anticipated unavailability threatens to hand the Captains' Cup on a plate to Richard Ward (Dunmow Cricketers) and would mean a team reshuffle for the Cock in the Guinness Fours against arch-rivals the Eagle. The Rayne pub has another chance to shine in the Secretaries' Cup final, where Matt Atkinson measures himself against the Black Bull's dangerous Nigel Chapman.
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The Mixed Pairs, in which Steve Thomson and Penny Elliott (Retreat) are pitted against the Swan's husband-and-wife team Chris and Famey Brewster, is likewise tough to call.
Players are reminded to turn up at 8pm - everyone is invited to bring a set of darts for the Nine-Dart Challenge in aid of the Heart of Darts charity!
FINALS - Licensees' Cup: R Finch (Chelmsford SC) v M Sainsbury (Cock). Guinness Fours: Cock v Eagle. Secretaries' Cup: N Chapman (Black Bull) v M Atkinson (Cock). Mixed Pairs: S Thomson & P Elliott (Retreat) v C & F Brewster (Swan). Captains' Cup: S Prow (Cock) v R Ward (Cricketers, Dun.). Women's Pairs: V Grimsey & Y Hall-Wilson (Chelmsford SC) v K Gardiner & M Sainsbury (Cock). Men's Pairs: M Day & B Linin (Chequers) v A Camp & S O'Neil (Retreat). Women's Singles: Y Hall-Wilson (Chelmsford SC) v K Gardiner (Cock). Men's Singles: M Compton (Chelmsford SC) v A Church (Eagle).