Although the hairline may be receding and the shirts a couple of sizes larger former Sussex number 1 Phil Smith returned to the Crawley league after an absence of 26 years to do what he does best-WINNING.He defeated Michael Bridger,Graham Carter and Steve Pound and was ably supported by Jan Collado and Kate Cheer who won two each,7-2 to Foresters D.
Great to see Wes Bush Harris back playing after an injury hit season winning all his games three straight,Mark Collins also scored a maximum including a titanic deuce in the fifth over Digger Barnes who held four match points before succumbing.Horshams points came from Chris Vincent and another deuce in the fifth for Barnes over Prakash Varsani.7-2 to Foresters.
The eagerly awaited clash between Horsham Spinners and Foresters B got off to a noisy start with Jack Boult shouting and bawling after ever point against Rory Scott distracting all other players and umpires in the hall,In addition one bright spark thought it was necessary to rip the match card in half.Adam Laws with mouth closed despatched Boult,Mike Robinson and Lewis Mayhew.Lewis Continued his winning run over Rory.6-3 to Spinners.
Mother Teresa showed no charity to pensioner Barrie Gilbert in a physical match that became a war of attrition,BG very lucky to win 15-13 in the fourth.Steve Barby picked up Blades only two points with wins over Gilbert and Faulkner.Paul Carter displaying ring rust managed to pick up three.Joelle Bennett completed Blades line up.
Old timers Graham Green,Andy Meads and John Callcut fought hard against last years champs Blades A but went down 0-9 to the talented trio of Bennett,Nordin and Hazell.
The Pelc brothers won 5 between them to gave Blades C a victory over Foresters E,Tom Pomej,Gary Bonner and Phil Nicholls all beat the luckless Richard Hazell,
John Robinson like a good wine improves with age and gained two fine wins over Tim Surrey and Adam Todd as did Sally Hughes.Dan Pound scored an impressive maximum without losing an end.