University Creep up the Table in Division 4

As no results were previously collected from the University, they sat bottom of the table for a good few weeks... until now! With everyone else having played 2 games or more, things were looking quite bleak for the team from the University. This was until the first result was in against CRGS. University of Essex B won that game 8-2, with Long Hei Chan unbeaten on the night, beating the excellent Brian Wong of CRGS in 4 sets. Alexander Stanfield and Luke Bowdery completed a good night winning 2 apiece. Their next match was against the current runaway leaders, Gilberd B. However, it seems like the tide has turned as the University just edged out the school 6-4. The Gilberd B took an early lead, 3-2. But Long was on form again winning both of his games either side of a Gilberd win. And the standout game has to be the one against the formidable David Austin, as Long has taken David's amazing 100% winning form in the league by beating him surprisingly comfortably in straight sets; 14-12, 11-6, 11-6. The University then won the next 3 games to lead 5-3, only needing one more win to inflict Gilberd's first defeat of the season. David won against Luke in straight sets so it was down to Alexander to do it for the University. He lost the first set 8-11, but then won the next 3 sets to complete a fine evening and couple of weeks to stir things up in the division. University of Essex B currently lie 4th in the table but have at least have 2 games in hand against teams around them, so it looks like it may not be a one horse race we all thought was so likely a few weeks ago.

In the only other fixture which currently has a result next to its name is the match between St James E and Gt Horkesley G. In another closely fought match, St James took an early 3-0 lead with Alan Rutledge, Tom Wilkin and John Plummer beating the ladies of Gt Horkesley (Denise, Chris and Jenny). Denise and Jenny brought the match back to a closer contest with good wins over Tom and Alan, but John stopped the comeback by beating Chris 11-8 in the 5th. Denise and Jenny comfortably won the doubles but St James won the next 2 out of 3 games to win the match 6-4 for the Clacton based team.

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