Champions Sandys Boat Club eliminated from Keen Cup
A new champion will be crowned this year after Spanish Point Boat Club 2 eliminated holders Sandys Boat Club from the Keen Cup competition on the latter’s home table this week.
The visitors prevailed 3-2 against their hosts in an evenly fought semi-final that was decided on a tiebreaker and will now meet the winner of the remaining semi-final between Watford Sports Club and Warwick Workmen’s Club 2.
John Orr, the Bermuda Open champion, put SPBC2 in early control after cruising to a comfortable 69-28 win over Richie Beale in the opening game.
Billie Wotton then beat former Olympic sailor Peter Bromby 81-67 to place the visitors firmly in the driver’s seat with a 2-0 advantage in the best-of-five series.
The hosts then rallied with Paul Fedden defeating Point’s Chance McLean 46-27 to stop the rot.
It was then game on after Sandys captain Martin Siese edged Tyler Moniz 65-63 to level the series at 2-2.
However, Moniz brought the home team’s rally to a grinding halt with a comfortable 59-28 win over Beale in the tiebreaker to clinch the series and SPBC 2’s spot in the final.
Also advancing in the competition was Watford Sports Club who came from behind to beat Spanish Point Boat Club 1 3-2 in a evenly fought quarter-final at the latter’s clubhouse that was also decided on a tie break.
Point captain Stewart Greenslade gave the hosts the perfect start with a 49-32 win over WSC counterpart Aaron Bean in the opening game.
However, the visitors came roaring back with Keino Zuill, the Desilva Cup champion, taking the next game against Todd Dziak 46-35 to level the contest.
Building on momentum, Watford then went ahead 2-1 courtesy of Kidd Mouchette’s emphatic 67-9 conquest of Point’s Chris Dakin.
However, SPBC 1’s Alan Smith defeated Winslow Smith 52-18 to level the series and send it to a tiebreaker.
The two rivals faced off again in the tiebreaker which Winslow Smith won 52-25 to avenge the earlier loss and clinch the series.