Some very big names qualified in the 1st weekend of the Ray Leath Memorial with three former All England winners getting through the morning session. Last year’s victor Darren Plenderleith from the Greville Arms was one, beating Darren Carter of Stretton Anglesey 11 and Dudley Dell’s Nathan Dawes 18. 2009 winner Callum Wraight from Castlefields will be one of the favourites on finals day after getting past Sam Millward 17 and Stretton Anglesey’s John Dewey 18, as will Greg Smith of the George, having defeated another Stretton Anglesey player in Conor Chamberlain 9 and then M&B Cheslyn Hay’s Reece Farr 19. Paul Lamb from King George V was the other qualifier, having beaten Dudley Dell’s Nick Wyer 14 and then yet another Stretton Anglesey player in Paul Chamberlain 13.
In the evening and Shropshire dominated with three qualifiers, the odd one out being Jack Hill from M&B Cheslyn Hay, who beat Netherseal’s Dan Petcher 19 and Willie Jeynes of Tanworth In Arden 17. Colin Beaman from St Georges was impressive in winning both his games 9, against Nigel Egan and Steve Wallace of the Greville. His team mate Clay Flattley also got through in similarly impressive style, beating M&Bs Lee Hulse 5 and then Jamie Holdcroft 6. The other Shropshire qualifier was Keith Wall of Castlefields, who beat Dave Clarke 8 and his team mate Andy Duckett 19 to get through.
Full results are here.
There will be a full preview of this weekend’s action tomorrow night.