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Rileys only played one qualifying match, and that was against last year’s Division Three winners, Kings Select. The match turned out to be the tightest of all the matches played, and ultimately went to a deciding frame after Rileys twice came from behind. Kings swept to an early 2-0 lead, and after Rileys had levelled things at 2-2, the Blackberry Lane crew surged on again to re-establish their two frame cushion at 4-2. They’ll still be kicking themselves even now, as they actually potted the black in both remaining frames, only to see the cue ball go ‘in off’ on both occasions, setting up that deciding frame.  Luke Hart had only won three frames all season, but was chosen by his captain as the form player on the night, and he duly won his second frame of the evening to give Rileys a very hard fought 5-4 win indeed.
Rileys 5 v 4 Kings 'Select'

By contrast, the defending champions from the Craffy didn’t get out of first gear against the Three Horseshoes, last year’s Division Seven champions, and brushed them aside 5-1.

Three Horseshoes 1 v 5 Craftsman 'A'
The Sphinx Club had two matches on their way to the semis, first against last year’s Challenge Cup winners from the Barras Social Club, followed by Division Two winners Rileys Reprobates. The Barras had pulled back from 2-0 down to level their match at the half way stage, but the Sphinx Club powered on to take the next three frames without reply to record a 5-2 win. Surprisingly, Rileys Reprobates put up less of a fight, and were summarily despatched 5-1, as the Sphinx Club booked their first ever semi-final in only their second season with the league.
Sphinx Club 5 v 1 Rileys Reprobates

Reds ‘A’ meanwhile, had been drawn against last year’s Division Five champions the Walsgrave. Reds ‘A’ swept to any early 3-0 lead before the home side won their first frame. The next two frames were shared, but the Walsgrave had only delayed the inevitable, as Reds ‘A’ took the next frame to record a 5-2 win.

Wlasgrave 2 v 5 Reds 'A'