All four of the quarter final matches in the Northumbria League Handicap Cup were closely fought affairs needing the last set in each case to decide the winners. Cramlington Ravens got off to a good start when they visited Ouston B with Arran Kent and Adam Shafiq giving them a 2- 0 early lead having had five and four points start on their opponents. Neil Rodgers than defeated Adam’s father Ayad but Kent restored their two set advantage by defeating Mark Rodgers. Mike Lyons put the home side back in it with success over Ayad Shafiq before Adam Shafiq made it 4 – 2 to the visitors. However the home side fought back with Mark Rodgers beating Ayad Shafiq and Neil Rodgers overcoming Kent to level matters up. But the Cramlington side eventually won 5 – 4 as Adam Shafiq beat Lyons in the decider.
Whitehouse Lane B found themselves two down against Blaydon A when Mick Hope and then Mohinda Rawat lost out to Rob Scott and Maurice Cheek but quickly levelled the match with victories for Alan Livingstone and Hope over Peter Stempczyk and Cheek. Scott gave Blaydon the lead again, Rawat equalised and then Cheek won again to put Blaydon 4 – 3 up. But they were denied a place in the semis as Hope and Rawat won the last two sets to put Whitehouse Lane through.
It was a similar story in the match between Cramlington Cobras and Matfen B with the Cobras coming from behind to win through. John Henderson with two victories and Nigel Tree and Peter Seago with one each had given Matfen a 4 – 3 lead but John Morton completed his hat – trick to draw the teams level and Gareth Pearson won his second set of the match to gain victory for the Cobras.
There was a nail biting finish to the match between Cramlington Knights and Old England FATTS when Adrian Barnes met Ben D’Arcy with the scores level at four apiece. The match went to three ends and Barnes led by three points in the decider but D’Arcy eventually won 22 – 20 to give victory to the FATTS. A hat trick by Tomasz Orzechowski and one set by John Gallagher proved to be in vain for the Knights with Barry Matthews and D’Acy getting two each backed up by one from Steve Martin for the winners.
FATTS will now return to Cramlington to meet the Ravens in the semis while the Cobra are away to Whitehouse Lane.