Gulf in class is evident to see as Ely I cruise into round one

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The two-division gulf proved too much for Stetchworth’s Ellesmere Centre II following their 7-2 defeat to Ely in the preliminary round of the Newmarket Journal Handicap Cup.

Annette Ginn (18) was the only player to get points on the board for the Division Three side when beating Kieran Mohan (minus five) in straight sets and Liam Mohan (zero) in three.

Ely’s Phil Morris (10) beat Ginn and David Wiseman (14) both in straight sets to see the Division One side through.

Elsworth just got the better of Ely II 5-4, largely thanks to the efforts of Roger Fensom who completed a trio of wins, while Soham proceeded to the next round with a 5-3 victory over Division Three side Countess.

Ely IV from Division Two and went down 3-5 to a very experienced Soham Comrades trio of Nathan Stewart (two), Mark Lillyman (nine) and Syd Dunster(four) from Division One.

Stewart won all his games, despite giving 11 points to Greg Ozog (13), 14 points to Karen Byford (16) and seven points to Neil Abram (nine).

Ely’s points came from Abram’s wins over Lillyman and Dunster and Ozog’s victory over Dunster. Ely V got the better of their all Third Division clash with Soham Comrades VI 5-2.

Thom Davidson (19) put Comrades’ only points on the board with five-set wins over Pedro Rocha (12) and Simon Bickers (18).

Ed Garrett-Jones (18) also took Rocha to five, but lost the final leg 31-26.

Fulbourn VII, from Division Three, arrived were unable to cope with the last-minute withdrawal of Manu Hathiramin and failed to mount a challenge against Soham Comrades II from Division Two.

Rob Powell (13) tested Bela Szabo (nine) and Rob Wallis (seven), but this was an easy night for the winners.