League Week 5

Hamstead A burst the Colebridge Aces success bubble in style in the Premier Division, as they beat their deadly rivals 6-4 to take charge of the title race.  Andrew Dixon and brothers Steve and Lester Bertie all won two singles each for Hamstead in a superb team effort.  Hamstead also inflicted 10-0 maulings on Smiths Wood C and Streetly A in catch up matches.  Beaufort Sports A hammered Smiths Wood C 10-0.  Rob Rowson is another player in top form, as the Beaufort Sports B stalwart notched a superb hat-trick in the 5-5 draw with Streetly A, which included a thrilling 12-10 in the fifth win over Bemi Okunribido. Sports were second best to Smiths Wood A in a 7-3 defeat, which saw Alan Caffery notch a maximum for Smiths.  John Collymore was unbeaten for Hamstead B in an 8-2 away success at Smiths Wood A, getting the better of Caffery 11-8 in the decider after being two games down.  Beaufort Sports B inflicted the same score on Smiths Wood B with Jessica Birbeck the star.


John Harrison ensured a 6-4 victory for Maypole A over West Midlands Police A in Division One.  Maypole crashed back to earth in a 9-1 drubbing at Sutton Coldfield A, who had both Jason Hadley and Trevor Davies gaining trebles.  Hamstead C beat Sutton Coldfield B 7-3, thanks to maximums from Wayne Morris and Rajinder Singh.  Kate Hughes, the current Birmingham and Warwickshire ladies singles champion, proved too good for Sandwell Unison as did Rajinder Davsi as Colebridge Braves soared to an 8-2 triumph.  West Midlands Police A edged Bournville A 6-4, with the crucial victory for them being Dave Ameghinmo’s 12-10 in the fifth success over the explosive Les Minott.


Mahroof Hussain gained his first maximum of the campaign for Colebridge Chiefs against Colebridge Hawks, but received little support in a 7-3 reverse.  Mark Georgevic produced a classy hat-trick for Colebridge Dinosaurs in an 8-2 thumping of Smiths Wood D.  Dan Ranford and Tim Freeman were a dynamic duo for Quinborne B in their 7-3 toppling of Colebridge Giants.  Colebridge Falcons had their wings clipped by Sutton Coldfield D in a 7-3 loss, as Mike Cooper proved the star turn for Sutton.

 
Paul Thomas notched up yet another hat-trick for Ivy Leaf A at Colebridge Jaguars in Division Three, but Jags swept up their opponents 6-4.  Ivy Leaf A beat Walmley A 7-3 in another close encounter, with Thomas again untroubled.  Maypole B and Sutton Coldfield F were involved in a pulsating 5-5 draw, after Jim Ferguson and Colin Bishop had given Maypole a flying start with wins over Gerald Billington and Roy Astle respectively after two five game thrillers.  Streetly C and Sutton Coldfield E also drew 5-5, with Richard Parks beating Clive Oakman of Sutton in the match between two of the top players in the section.

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