Tonight (Monday 20th) saw the round of 16 played, current champion Simon Richardson (G) stayed on course for a repeat, overcoming Muras Cup colleague Martin Hayden at Collingwood. However, two former champions went out, where Les Yeomans had a great victory at Benfield defeating 2017 champion Jonny Morgan, Les now faces Forth’s Paul Timney who recorded a good home win over Michael Barrass (ST).
The other former champion to go out was Gosforth’s Michael Bennett, who lost a topsy-turvy game against St. Georges’ and county colleague Gary Myerscough, where Gary secured a 15 – 13 victory. Last years runner up Gosforth’s Dave Morrison edged out Backworth’s George Parker, and now plays Alnwick’s Ray Topping who had an impressive away win at Benfield over Richard Symonds. The final two ties saw England Junior International Josh Minto (G) beat club colleague Steve Miller, and the final game of the night saw Newbiggin’s Alan Stewart record a good away win over Andy Johnson Jnr.
The quarter finals are scheduled for next Monday, with Gosforth hosting 3 of the 4 ties.