IN the league cup semi-finals two fancied sides triumphed to renew rivalry for the last time this season.
Champions Ashcombe Park IV met Dyers II and romped into a 5-1 lead to decide matters pretty early, while the all-Dyers clash saw Dyers III repeat the scoreline in similar fashion, with Chris Barber jazzing it over Cliff Beswick to deliver the killer blow. This set up old rivals yet again and a packed Benks anticipated another thrilling encounter. Ashcombe led 2-1 after the doubles but Neil Rutter levelled matters before Giuseppe Zacari and 'ton machine' Tony Banks put the Cheddleton outfit in command.
Although Jason Sales pulled one back, PDC veteran Geoff Whitworth landed the decisive blow, before Earl Davis put th icing on the cake to give Ashcombe an historic treble – league champions, divisional cup and league cup winners.
Results: League Cup
Semi Finals: Dyers Arms III 6 Dyers Arms IV 3; Ashcombe Park IV 6 Dyers Arms II 3.
Final: Ashcombe Park 6 Dyers Arms III 3.
Highlights: 180's: G Whitworth twice, T Banks (both Ashcombe Park), J Hughes (Dyers II).
Highest checkout: 151 A Dickin (Ashcombe Park).
In the subsidiary cup semi-finals, Plough made hard work of beating a spirited Prince of Wales, with last man Phil Harold just sneaking home.
Flying Horse III went 2-1 after the doubles but fell foul of Blue Mugge's singles strength, Sam Garter being the only loser for the victors.
Plough played much better in the final and stormed into a 4-0 lead. A further three legs later put the result to bed.
Results: Subsidiary Cup
Semi-finals: Blue Mugge II 6 Flying Horse III 3; Prince of Wales 4 Plough 5.
Final: Blue Mugge II 2 Plough 7.
Highlights: 180: J Tarry (Plough).