Summer Week 6

In Division 1 Smithereens A cruised to a comfortable 9-1 win at Sutton Coldfield A.  Jason Hadley, who played for Sutton Coldfield in the Winter League, and Matt Satchwell earned trebles for the victors.  Penholder Trevor Davies was the only winner for the home team.  An exciting match between Smiths Wood A and Streetly A resulted in a 7-3 win for Terry Cooper’s men. James Rudge beat the highly rated Alan Caffery 12-10 in the fifth game and Gbemi Okunribido beat Alasdhair Broadbent by the same score.  Smiths Wood also lost the doubles 11-9 in the fifth.

The top two teams in Division 2 played each other on consecutive nights.  Streetly A had the better of the first match with Colebridge Braves but a brilliant Richard Parks hat trick only earned them a draw at Streetly.  Parks was unavailable for the return match at Colebridge who were strengthened by the return of Lee Holtham and the Braves won 8-2 with Holtham unbeaten on the night supported by two each from Dean Hicks and Steve Taylor.  Colin Oakes won two for Streetly.  Les Minott and Martin Clayton led Bournville to a 7-3 home win over Sutton Coldfield B with three apiece and also teamed up to win the doubles.  One each from Astle, White and Ellis earned a point for the visitors.  Maypole A remained rooted to the bottom of the table after an 8-2 home defeat to Smithereens B.  Three from attacking ace Kevin Flavell plus two each from Steve Smith and the dogged Karl Oliver earned all the points for the visitors.

In Division 3 leaders Hamstead lost their unbeaten record slipping to a 7-3 defeat at Quinborne.  Ming Sung was unbeaten for the home team and inflicted a first defeat of the season on Gurpal Virdi, who earned a point for Hamstead winning two.  In a close match Beaufort Sports B beat Sutton Coldfield C 6-4.  Frank Cheshire beat Janet Matthews 12-10 in the fifth game in the last set of the night to seal a dramatic victory.  A valiant treble by the experienced John Pepper just failed to earn a share of the spoils for Sutton Coldfield.  Smiths Wood B earned maximum points with a 9-1 home win over Maypole B.  James Watts and David Lewis were unbeaten for the home team and Sam Henderson was the only victor for Maypole. 

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