Darren Cundy wins Ilkeston Knockout Open


    2007 Brunswick Team England #5

    Zadel, Smith win the rankings

    There were two parts to this event – an 8 game qualifier for Team England points and a 24 person knockout over 3 games total pinfall and five rounds possibly) needed to win the title.

    2007BTE04JonZadel_small.jpg 2007BTE05JemmaSmith_small.jpg Ranking points first - Jon Zadel (left) bagged his second title in a row with 1763 on this testing condition laid down by Rob Thurlby. Darren Cundy was second only four pins back, while ex-junior Matt Chamberlain grabbed third on 1730.

    In the ladies, honors went to Jemma Smith (right) on 1698, with Vikki Burbridge 1629 second – the only other lady over par. Jo Harries returned after injury to take third on three under.

    2007BTE05FinalistswithWendyThurlby.jpg Ladies have 7 pins per game bonus throughout. The top 8 seeds sat out the first round of knockout and the biggest shock of Round 2 was Zadel’s defeat by Phil Waldram. Jo Harries did for him in the quarters as experienced match players came to the fore – Mark Smith disposing of Matt Chamberlain, Jemma Smith beating Nicki Ainge and Darren Cundy knocking out Norman Hamed.

    Mark cruised past Jo in the semis, but the other Surrey county lady Jemma could and should have beaten Darren, but failed at the death. The final was nip and tuck all the way with Darren just edging it by 22 pins thanks to another storming finale.

    From front left, clockwise: Ilkeston champion Darren Cundy, Jemma Smith, bowl manager Wendy Thurlby, Jo Harries and Mark Smith.

    Ilkeston Knockout Open

    AMF Ilkeston (May 5-6, 2007)

    Round 1
    Levi Chamberlain (634) lost to Philip Waldram (652)
    Ian Hollands (633) lost to Jo Harries (698)
    Sean Croke (601) lost to Matt Hamilton (614)
    Leon Devlin (668) beat Ben Hensby (626)
    Dom Barrett (628) lost to Darryl Patchett (674)
    Mark Wells (546) lost to Nicki Ainge (624)
    Matt Miller (530) lost to Barry Walker (626)
    Ian Runacres (532) lost to Tony Lee (536)

    Round 2
    Jon Zadel (612) lost to Philip Waldram (643)
    Nick Winstanley (526) lost to Jo Harries (576)
    Mark Smith (675) beat Matt Hamilton (510)
    Matt Chamberlain (656) beat Leon Devlin (514)
    Jemma Smith (685) beat Daryll Pratchett (599)
    Robert Kendall (606) lost to Nicki Ainge (625)
    Norman Hamed (661) beat Barry Walker (547)
    Darren Cundy (736) beat Tony Lee (616)

    Philip Waldram (570) lost to Jo Harries (661)
    Mark Smith (663) beat Matt Chamberlain (585)
    Jemma Smith (691) beat Nicki Ainge (618)
    Norman Hamed (559) lost to Darren Cundy (625)

    Jo Harries (627) lost to Mark Smith (670)
    Jemma Smith (598) lost to Darren Cundy (617)

    Darren Cundy (611) beat Mark Smith (589)