Ottery St Mary’s B team inflicted severe punishment on their traditional running-mates Wingfield C, for having had the temerity to come away from Ottery with a 7-5 win in October. Revenge was especially sweet for Mike Kavanagh, who lost all three singles in the first match, and turned that around with an impressive maxi, though Bob Landberger for the home side did let slip a match point in the final leg of their opener. Otherwise it was pretty plain sailing for Ottery. Peter Holland gained the solitary singles victory of the evening against Jeremy Broad, (who smashed his way to his other two singles with relative ease) and teamed up with Louis Wilshire to collect the home side’s only doubles win, but Landberger and Wilshire did drop another match point in the final leg of their doubles.
It was good to see Mike Ware back playing his first match of the year for the home side, following a long bout of illness. OSM couldn’t believe their luck when they saw that their regular thorn-in-the-side Wilshire was confined to the doubles sets. With Louis effectively sidelined, Chris Jones for OSM encountered little difficulty in collecting, along with Kavanagh, another maxi to provide OSM with a very effective twin spearhead.
It ended up an evening of “what-might-have-beens” for Wingfield C, whose dropped match points look to have cost them very dear in the league table, and now look set to finish their season in mid-table obscurity. OSM, on the other hand, are now in a commanding position to make fourth place their own.