Windsor Hawks produced the surprise result of the week in Division One of the Clacton and District League with an unexpected 6-4 victory against title-hopefuls Windsor Condors.
Andy Vincent and Felipe Rodriguez were on top form for the Hawks, both recording hat-tricks, with Rodriguez edging it 11-6 in the decider against both Martin Hogg and Ollie Rampton. There was one each for Hogg, Ollie Rampton and Mel Rampton of the Condors, Ollie Rampton's a close 11-7, 11-5, 9-11, 10-12, 11-6 win over Roger Hance.
Paul Hume and Gill Locke with trebles, and John Hatley with a couple, saw Nomads Panthers home 9-1 against Walton B. But the Panthers will feel grateful to have won all three matches which went the distance, Hatley beating Colin Dearman 13-11 in the fifth and Jason Gale 11-5 in the fifth, whilst it was 11-9 in the decider for Locke against Derek Willis. Willis picked up Walton's consolation point.
Windsor Eagles were 8-2 victors over Lawford, Gary Cattermole and Phil Smith taking trebles. Paul Hewitt picked up a point for Lawford and took Smith close before going down 11-8 in the decider, with Richard Spence taking their second point with an 11-4 in the fifth success over Sue Welham.
Brotherhood C have been a model of consistency this season and they continued their unbeaten run with a 7-3 victory over Walton C. Alan Burgess and Martin Edwards stayed undefeated although it was 11-5 in the decider for Burgess against Peter Burrows whilst Edwards struggled before beating Ant Beckles 11-9 in the fifth and Graham Buxton 11-8 in the fifth. Kevin Pryor so nearly got on the score-sheet for Brotherhood, going down 11-9 in the decider to Buxton.
Walton A beat Brotherhood D 8-2, Jared Chelski and Gavin Price unbeaten. Scott Campbell and Brotherhood's reserve John Owen, who had an 11-9 in the fifth win against Paul Woolnough, were the points-scorer for the losers.
It was also 8-2 in an all-Nomads clash, the Lions defeating the Tigers. Ethan Lloyd and Adam Wilkin were unbeaten, and Jason Lloyd won a couple. Pawel Szemro took a singles for the Tigers and, with Daryl Lott, took a good doubles victory against Wilkin and Jason Lloyd.
Brotherhood H recorded the best win in Division Two with a 9-1 success against Windsor Buzzards. Frank Burbidge and Mark Saltertook hat-tricks, and Woody Fitzpatrick two, but Brotherhood were fortunate to win all four matches which went the distance. Burbidge beat John Harvey 11-8 in the fifth, and both Fitzpatrick and Salter defeated Pete Bloomfield by the same 11-8 in the decider score-line. Burbidge also beat the unfortunate Bloomfield 11-6 in the fifth.
Three for John Owen, two for Graham Parkes and one for Paul Alden were good enough for Brotherhood I to record a 7-3 success against Windsor Kestrels. Colin Beaumont with two and Bob Sawyer with one were the Kestrels' point-scorers, both enjoying good victories over Alden although it was a tight 13-11 in the fifth for Sawyer.
Brotherhood F beat Brotherhood G 7-3 in a hard-fought encounter which saw five of the matches go the distance. Barry Allen won all his three, defeating Paul Metcalf 11-7 in the fifth and Mark Beckham 11-6 in the fifth. Lee Allen won twice, including a 13-11 in the decider victory against John Gallagher whilst there were two also for Shaun Beckham. For the 'G' team, Mark Beckham won twice, beating Lee Allen 13-11 in the fifth and, eschewing fraternal feelings, beat Shaun Beckham 11-4, 11-5, 6-11, 11-4. MarkBeckham, paired with Gallagher, also took the doubles, beating Shaun Beckham and Lee Allen 11-8 in the fifth.
Dave Martin stayed unbeaten for Windsor Magpies against Nomads Bobcats but two each for Mike Wellum, Andy Cawley and Eric Lemke gave the Bobcats a 6-4 win. Lemke's 12-10 in the decider victoryagainst John Plummer ultimately proved decisive.
Walton E were convincing 8-2 winners against Windsor Harriers, Mark Ratcliffe and Gary Stallwood unbeaten. Walton's Maggie Earle was involved in the only match which went the distance, defeating Harriers' reserve Kayley Rodriguez 11-5 in the fifth.
In Division Three Nomads Ocelots chalked up their second win of the season with a 6-4 victory over a Windsor Merlins' side forced to field a guest player. Hazel Blanche, Barbara Rhodes and Sue Lee all took a point although it was a nail-biting 8-11, 21-19, 10-12, 11-4, 11-7 for Blanche against Viv Rodriguez. But none of the Ocelots' players could get the better of Windsor's Sharon Gowlett who remained undefeated, Gowlett and Rodriguez also picking up a first doubles win of the season for the Merlins. With guest Debra Found playing for the Merlins, there was the rare but welcome sight of six women players on show.
Nomads Pumas enjoyed an engaging scrap with Windsor Penguins which ended all-square. There were a couple each for Dave Harris and Alan Dockerill of the Pumas, with Lionel Goddard contributing a vital 11-9 in the fifth success against Jackie Bunce. But it was Darren Bunce who took the individual honours with a hat-trick for the Penguins.
Walton D were 7-3 winners over Brotherhood J, Rivhu Khan winning three, John Long two and Tony Sharman one. Brotherhood's Morgan Harvey took two and Maci Harvey one.
Finally, it was 10-0 for Nomads Leopards against Windsor Falcons, Bob Jillins, Stuart Wilkinson and Dave Wright all taking comfortable trebles.
* Older members of the League will remember former player John Davis who has recently died.
In the 1970s and 1980s, John was a regular in Nico and Post Office teams, where he formed a formidable trio alongside Terry Howseand George Towse, later becoming a quartet when joined by Terry Walker. The team see-sawed between Divisions One and Two, as evidenced by the fact that John's Post Office team won the Division Two title in 1980 and finished as Division Two runners-up in both 1986 and 1988. He played his last season in the Clacton League in 1991 and, after leaving the area, moved to Hertfordshire.
We extend our sincere condolences to John's family.
Windsor Hawks 6 Windsor Condors 4;
Walton B 1 Nomads Panthers 9;
Windsor Eagles 8 Lawford 2;
Walton C 3 Brotherhood C 7;
Nomads Lions 8 Nomads Tigers 2;
Brotherhood D 2 Walton A 8.
Brotherhood H 9 Windsor Buzzards 1;
Brotherhood I 7 Windsor Kestrels 3;
Brotherhood F 7 Brotherhood G 3;
Windsor Harriers 2 Walton E 8;
Windsor Magpies 4 Nomads Bobcats 6.
Windsor Merlins 4 Nomads Ocelots 6;
Brotherhood J 3 Walton D 7;
Nomads Leopards 10 Windsor Falcons 0;
Nomads Pumas 5 Windsor Penguins 5.