Cup Competitions 2019/2020


Yesterday evening 20 players from across all three divisions competed in the second of this season’s competitions which, like the Hard Bat, is competed in one session.

Players were paired with each other according to their league ranking and for the first round divided into two groups with each pair playing a single game match to 21 against all other pairs in their group.

Competition in Group 1 was very close with four teams still in with a chance of progressing to the semi-final before the start of the final rotation of games. A third win in the final rotation for John Kirk & Aziz Saiepour and Chris Cattell and Jim Booth saw them both finish with 81 points and edging out Gary Adlington & Ivan Stallworthy who finished with 79 points from their four matches. Kirk & Saiepour went through to the semi-finals as group winners as they had defeated Cattell and Booth in their earlier group match.

Group 1 Results



Kirk & Saiepour


Cattell and Booth


Adlington & Stallworthy


Walton & Smith


Eyre & Beeston



The outcome for Group 2 was a more clear cut with Mark Sansom & Dan Saul taking the top spot with 79 points just ahead of group runners-up Jeff Reay & Dave Lyus on 78  points. Both pairs securing three wins from their four group matches.

Group 2 Results



Sansom & Saul


Reay & Lyus


Emmerson & Lee


Bell & Kemp


Bloomer & Snape



In the first of the semi-finals Cattell & Booth proved too strong a pairing for Sansom & Saul winning 21:14.

The second semi-final was a little closer but in the end Kirk & Saiepour prevailed winning 21:16.

This set up a final between Cattell & Booth and Kirk & Saiepour and how good it was to see that the four players represented all three divisions. The match was very close with Kirk & Saiepour often taking a lead only to have it pegged back by the consistent and attacking play of Cattell & Booth. However, Kirk & Saiepour eventually found a way to consolidate their lead and at 30:25 the game looked all but over. However, as with earlier periods in the game Cattell & Booth fought back to 30:28 and it looked as if they might once again claw back the deficit. But it was not to be and Kirk & Saiepour won the point they needed to take a competitive match 31:28.

Thank you to all players who took part for playing all matches competitively but with a very good sporting spirit – an enjoyable evening for all concerned.

Congratulations to John Kirk and Aziz Saiepour who are this season’s DTH Senior Doubles Champions.