Jayne Smith & Stephen Gale did enough last Sunday at the NSC to wrap up the title in the Peter Coward Pairs League with 3 sessions to play after winning 3 matches & drawing 1.
They started the day with a 19-2 victory over Ali Millard (replacing Pat Mason this week) & Tony Quine before a 10-7 win against Sheila & Bernie Durcan. A 15-2 win over Chris Holland & Harry Minor followed meant that just avoiding defeat to their nearest rivals, Seamus Whelan & Collin Holland would see them claim the title, which they managed to do on the last end with an 8-8 draw.
The draw for Whelan & Holland keeps them 4 points clear of Sheila & Bernie Durcan, although the Durcan’s do have a game in hand so will be hoping to keep the pressure on in the race for second place. James Teare & Stephen Bradley are up to 4th place, a point clear of Tony Quine & Pat Mason who also have a game in hand and still have outside hopes of a top three finish.
The table with three sessions to play is:
|1||Jayne Smith / Stephen Gale||12||11||1||0||184||57||127||34|
|2||Seamus Whelan / Collin Holland||12||8||1||3||144||86||58||25|
|3||Sheila Durcan / Bernie Durcan||12||6||1||5||138||97||41||19|
|4||James Teare / Stephen Bradley||12||5||1||6||92||141||-49||16|
|5||Tony Quine / Pat Mason||12||5||0||7||91||124||-33||15|
|6||Chris Holland / Harry Minor||12||4||2||6||111||119||-8||14|
|7||Richard Faragher / Maurice O’Reilly||12||0||0||12||44||180||-136||0|
After next week last games in the league, the Nationals will start with entries being taken for the National Pairs (18th Feb), Fours (25th Feb), Triples (4th March) & Singles (11th March).