Ryan Cabble (Nailsea) beat Tim King 7-4, 7-3 in the final round of block matches to ensure that he won the Musk's Cup in emphatic fashion. Half-way through that match, Richard Thompson lost his sixth-round match to Ivor Brand and, thus, Ryan assumed an unassailable position. However, Ryan had already shaken off early nerves and played out his victory with true panache; a series of long clearances, solid hoop running and deft jump shots showing that he is maturing as a top talent. Richard went on to secure second place in the block by virtue of having beaten Will Gee in their match. These were the three form players of the weekend, although John Spiers also had some good results, especially in being the only player to beat Ryan. Will was closest to taking the title from Ryan; their match went to the third game, which Ryan won 7-5.
Ryan ends the race for qualification for the Ascot Cup (English National GC Singles at Ryde on 25 & 26 September) having won three of the qualifying events; an impressive achievement. He will be among the favourites for that title too.
The East Dorset club members provided excellent hospitality, serving as scorers and turning out to watch enthusiastically once the weather finally decided to settle down to some decent sunshine on the Sunday. The courts were fast draining in response to the occasional heavy shower, although the variation in pace as the rain came and went was unsettling to some of the players.
|Position||Name [Handicap]||Match wins||Notes|
|1||Ryan Cabble ||6|
|2||Richard Thompson ||5||Beat Will Gee|
|3||Will Gee ||5|
|4||John Spiers ||4|
|5||Ivor Brand ||3|
|6||Tim King ||2||Beat Nelson Morrow|
|7||Nelson Morrow ||2|
|8||Dick Strover ||1|