Andover Advertiser Report 23-03-15

The final of the Advertiser Cup (a team handicap competition) saw Div 1 Hanson Dolphins take on Div 2 Hanson Hawks. This proved to be a family affair for the Raymonds with two playing for Dolphins and one for Hawks, but this added a lot of needle to the games. Rob Macey got Dolphins off to a good start and went on to win all his three sets despite having to give away 11 or 13 points per game. Adam Lockington (Hawks) got them back in the match with a hard earned win over Dom Raymond 19-21, 21-18, 11-21 and took two sets when he beat Paul Raymond in three games. Paul won two sets but was taken to three games when beating Blade Medland 19-21, 21-20, 21-17. There was plenty of spice in the clash between Dom and his brother Ollie, but Dom had to give away 9 points per game and could not manage to overcome this deficit. Ollie upset his brother so much he won in two games 21-9, 21-7. Dom did manage to beat Blade and ensure that Dolphins won the cup with a 6 – 4 result.

The final of the Weighill Trophy (the secondary team handicap competition) ended with another win for the defending champions Figheldean who just managed to claim victory over Hanson Pumas 5 – 4. As this was an all Div 1 clash the handicaps were close, with Figheldean receiving between 3 and 6 points per game. Lionel Coles started well with a two game win over Ray Carver and replicated this against Shaun Carver. Figheldean went into a 4 – 1 lead thanks to Lionel and Julie Dean before their opponents managed to get going. This was due to an excellent two sets from Julie Dean, especially her 20-21, 21-14, 21-9 win over Richard Fettes, when she blocked his topspins and took control of the last game. She followed this up with a 16-21, 21-15, 21-15 win over Ray. Richard and Shaun won two each for Pumas but Phil Cook secured the win for Figheldean when he beat Ray 17-21, 21-16, 21-5.

A late score card for the match between Hanson Dolphins and Tigers resulted in a 6 – 29 score which consolidates Tigers position at the top of Division 1. Phil Cook substituting for Tigers won his three, as did Malcolm Cummins, with Andy Snellgrove only winning two. The surprise of the evening was the defeat of Andy by Dom Raymond who won in five games 5-11, 12-10, 12-10, 9-11, 12-10.

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