In the new division of the Colchester League, 9 teams battle it out to try to get promotion to Division 3. Division 4 is a great starting point for youngsters to get involved playing competitive matches for the first time and gives them a real sense of something to aim for.
This years early leaders are Gilberd B, who beat the ladies of Gt Horkesley G 8-2. David Austin achieved Player of the Match award after winning all 3 of his games. The two Roberts were not too far behind, winning 2 games each. Jennifer Clarke of Gt Horkesley managed to help avoid the whitewash by winning 2 of her games, only losing to David in 4 sets.
Two teams share 2nd place who are both on 6 points each. St James E beat Gt Horkesley 6-4, however no players for St James remained unbeaten thanks to a fine display from Gary Young, comfortably winning all 3 of his games in straight sets. The 'Young' family didn't put themselves to shame though as Daniel paired up with Gary to win the doubles in 5 sets, just edging out Tom Wilkin and John Plummer 11-9 in the 5th. CRGS are also on 6 points by beating Lawford E 6-4, but only thanks to Lawford turning up with 2 players. Brian Wong coming out of the evening as the only unbeaten player.
The other 3 teams who make up the division are University of Essex B, Pegasus G and H20 Rowhedge I. Rowhedge, as per usual, include many youngsters eager to get going. But leading the line is a former Colchester Champion, Rik James. Rik, and his daughter Lauren, are both representing the I team in what looks like a very exciting opportunity for new youngsters to become very good players in the future.