Last week saw the New Milton F team knocked out of the annual Times & Directory Handicap Cup competition in the semi-finals, but two of the club’s teams made it through to the semi-finals of the Plate competition.

In the Cup proper, the Div 3 F team (Ian Linney, Steve Cheesman & Sylvia Smith) lost their semi-final against the Premier’s Ringwood A despite a hat-trick from Cheesman. It went right down to the wire at 4-4 with Linney needing to beat Ringwood’s Oliver Crossley in the ninth and final match but he narrowly lost 15-21, 21-14, 19-21.

In the Plate quarter-finals, the Premier’s B team (Brian Bickell, Shaun Newcomb & John Millward) gained some light relief from their parlous league position by beating Div 4’s Bmth Sports M 5-4 to book their place in the semi-finals. England veteran Bickell is still recovering from a shoulder injury but played cannily to win his first hat-trick since his return. It was poised at 4-4 when wheelchair player Newcomb beat Bourne’s Maggie White to follow suit with his team-mates.

The other team to progress through to the Plate semi-finals was the Div 3 G team (Graham Underwood, Mike Toole & Bev Scott-Johns) who did so at the expense of their club mates in the D team (Terry Jenvey, Malcolm Floyd & Chris Pusey) who usually play a division higher. It was all over at 5-0 and then club treasurer Floyd narrowly beat club secretary Scott-Johns in the mandatory sixth match to make it a tad more respectable at 5-1.  The triumphant G team are pictured below: l-r Mike Toole, Graham Underwood (Captain) & Bev Scott-Johns.

The E team (Peter Daish, Simon Daish & Simon Golding), who normally ply their trade in Div 2 faced a very strong Div 1 side Bmth Sports D which included ex Milton player Alan Gordon. Milton went ahead 3-2 but Gordon beat Golding having already seen off the other Simon to level things off at 3-3. Unfortunately the two Simons lost their final matches to exit the Plate at 3-5.

The L team featuring Stuart Burton (captain), James Harper and Maggie Brown had to travel to Colehill to take on Shamrock A who normally play a division higher than them in Div 4. In another very tight match and despite a hat-trick from captain fantastic Burton, Milton just lost 4-5 to be denied progress to the Plate semis.

The New Milton club are assured of at least one of their teams making it through to the Plate Final as the B team has been drawn against the G team in the semi-finals.

The break in the league programme enabled the two postponed derbies to take place. The A team repeated their first round 9-1 trouncing of their B team who are firmly stuck on the bottom of the Premier. In Div 3, the second placed G team assumed bragging rights over their F team as they converted a first round 5-5 draw into an 8-2 drubbing. Full results details of all matches are below.


New Milton F (Div 3) 4 Ringwood A (Prem) 5

(Ian Linney 0, Steve Cheesman 3, Sylvia Smith 1)


Bmth Sports M (Div 4) 4 New Milton B (Prem) 5

(Brian Bickell 3, Shaun Newcomb 1, John Millward 1)

New Milton G (Div 3) 5 New Milton D (Div 2) 1

(G Team:Graham Underwood 2, Mike Toole 2, Bev Scott-Johns 1)

(D Team: Chris Pusey 0, Terry Jenvey 0, Malcolm Floyd 1)

New Milton E (Div 2) 3 Bmth Sports D (Div 1) 5

(Peter Daish 2, Simon Daish 0, Simon Golding 1)

Shamrock A (Div 4) 5 New Milton L (Div 5) 4

(James Harper 1, Maggie Brown 0, Stuart Burton 3)



New Milton B 1 New Milton A 9

(B Team: John Millward 0, Shaun Newcomb 0, Brian Bickell 0)

(A Team: Steve Hemmings 3, Brian Vibert 3, Umit Kaya 3)


New Milton F 2 New Milton G 8

(F Team: Ian Linney 0, Steve Cheesman 2, Mike Roberts 0)

(G Team: Mike Toole 3, Ben Greene 2, Graham Underwood 2)


Winton YMCA Elec-Trick 9 New Milton K 1

(Mike Gent 1, Malcolm Douglas 0, Dave Burns 0)

About Malcolm Floyd FCMA, CGMA

Retired Accountant. Ardent Saints fan! New Milton TTC Treasurer and Press Secretary. Winner of the ETTA Press Officer of the Year 2009. BDTTA Results Secretary.

Posted on 07/03/2017, in 1. News, 2. League Reports. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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