Report Week 4
In Division 1, Fulbourn 1 finally look to have a settled squad who promise much. Marc Meunier won his three games against Soham Comrades 1, backed up by two from Martin Spott and one from Peters Zivtins. Both Spott and Zivtins lost in five to Nathan Stewart. James Nicholls helped the Comrades cause with a win against Zivtins before Fulbourn took the doubles to make the overall score 7-3 in their favour. Ellesmere 1 returned to winning ways when they entertained Ely 2 and showed no mercy in claiming the match 9-1. Mick Runswick was Ely’s only points scorer, beating Rob Boyce in four sets. Rhys Davies and Joanne Pettitt achieved maximums for Ellesmere then combined to take the doubles in four sets against Runswick and Emily Birt. Roger Fensom scored yet another maximum and joined Owen Davies to win the doubles against Kelvin Mitchell and Peter Moffatt to set Elsworth 1 on their way to a 7-3 victory over NCI. Fensom’s efforts were supported by two from Davies – which included a 20-18 fourth set against Colin Taylor – and one from Joe Thorogood. Fulbourn’s three points came by way of Moffatt’s wins over Thorogood and Davies and Mitchell’s victory over Thorogood.
Division 2 action saw Impington 2 suffering a home whitewash from Ely 3. The visiting trio of Neil Weir, Fred Laband and Margaret Chambers just didn’t let Duncan Taylor, Mike Johnston and John Bray get into their stride although Taylor and Johnston gave Weir and Laband a good run for their money in the doubles. Another whitewash occurred when Soham Comrades 2 hosted Ely 4 – but this time the home team were the victors. Comrades’ Kin Choi Chan, Robin Wallis and Bela Szabo overwhelmed Greg Ozog, Karen Byford and Neil Abram although Abram took both Wallis and Szabo to five sets. Impington 3 visited Soham Comrades 4 and came away with a 7-3 victory. Jeff Catlin and Colin Adams scored maximums plus the doubles. For Comrades, Mick Forman, Michael Wells and Janet Nicholls all beat Ena Catlin though Catlin took Nicholls to five close sets and Forman to four. The first Fulbourn derby of the season saw Fulbourn 3 race away in confident mood against Fulbourn 5. Phil Hague won three for the 3's though he was taken to five by Zak Davey. David Lam scored for the 5's when he beat Dave Roitman 12-10 in the fifth. This was to be the 5's only point as Lam lost to Sammy Hague in five and saw his doubles challenge with Davey subside when they lost the second game 15-17 after holding six game points. Tony Comiskey and Barry Sore renewed their double act for Soham Comrades 3, cruising to a brace of maximums against Fulbourn 4. They were joined by Mark Coles who was edged out by Hamish Ryder for Fulbourn’s only success, thereby averting the whitewash.
In Division 3, Elsworth 2 continued their impressive start to the season by travelling to Ely 5 and winning 10-0. Samuel Mallett, Richard Smart and Colin Fotland had far too much ammunition for Simon Braschi, Peter Salmon and Simon Bickers. A very jolly occasion when Fulbourn 6 entertained Soham Comrades 6. Ali Hands showed striking patience when she overcame Edward Garrett-Jones on her way to a maximum. Richard Bramley also won his three, beating Geoff Powell 13-11 in the fifth. Hands and Bramley combined for the doubles but the Comrades team had something to take away as they all got the better of Sabina Burmester.