Week 9 report







Breakaway A (9) Arbory (1)

BREAKAWAY preserved their two points lead at the top of the division with an emphatic win over third placed Arbory. Pen-holder Mikhail Tamarov prevented the white-wash with a fine five sets win over Malcolm Cummings, but Arbory were unlucky not to win more. Jason Quirk narrowly lost 13/15 to Mason McLarney in four sets and John Magnall fought back from two sets down only to fade out 10/12 in the final frame against Paul Corran.


Travellers A (2) Strathallan A (8)

Seventh placed Strathy recorded their first win of the season against Travellers who are now eight points adrift of their relegation rivals. Julian Briercliffe put in a captain’s performance to produce his first hat-trick for Strathy whilst Hadyn McLarney and Andy Patterson lost only to Gary Shilling and Paul Nelson respectively. Chris Reynolds didn’t get beyond three sets other than in the doubles with Shilling but couldn’t crown it with a win.


Tower A (6) Copy Shop B (4)

Tower climbed from sixth to equal fourth, drawing level with Copy Shop B for whom Ewan Watterson scored his fourth hat-trick of the season. Sean Drewry was delighted with his 11/4, 9/11, 11/4, 11/2 win over Paul Callow but Danny Hamill had no luck in the singles or the doubles against Tim Baker and John Callow having also lost 8/11, 11/9, 8/11, 6/11 to Paul earlier in the evening.  


Foxdale A (1) Copy Shop A (9)

Dale’s Becky Bayley won the battle with her practice partner Jane Kneale and came close to beating Brian Crellin in five sets, but a real upset looked to be on the cards when she led the Island number one, Ronan McDonnell, 8/5 in the final set only to Be pipped 8/11, 11/7, 9/11, 11/9, 12/14. Neither Marc Townsend nor Will Bayley got beyond four sets against second placed Copy Shop.



Peel B (0) Foxdale B (10)

The opening match between Andy McLarney and Matty Evans finished 11/7, 11/8, 6/11, 7/11, 11/7 in favour of top placed Foxdale and though there were other plucky performances by Evans, Ashley Reid and Vishal Patel, they rarely got beyond three sets. In fact the only leg that Ken Mitchell and Neil Quane dropped was in the doubles.


Tower B (7) Salmon River Spinners (3) 

Nigel Beattie and Tommy Cowin gave the Spinners a great start by beating Paul Kozlowski and Steve Curtis respectively. Beattie also bashed it past Curtis to make it 3-1 after Colin Barron had lost to Dave Parsons. After that all the games went to second placed Tower although Barron narrowly lost a marathon match with Curtis 7/11, 12/14, 11/7, 15/13 9/11 and Beattie fell to Parsons 10/12 in the final frame of their hat-trick decider.


Peel A (9) Travellers C (1)

It seemed to be one-way traffic against the Travellers as Jackie Gill and Juan Moore Snr seemed destined for an early night, rattling through their singles; even their doubles match finished in three swift sets. Alan Harding had other ideas; he may have lost in four close sets to Maggie Mulhern, failed in five furious frames against Malc Lewis, but his attacking play was finally rewarded with an 11/7, 11/5, 4/11, 6/11, 11/7 victory over Les Wilson.


Tower C (1) Travellers B (9)

Dave Callow’s 5/11, 13/11, 11/5, 7/11, 13/11 nail biter over Steve Ellis-Pearson was all lowly Tower could glean against Travellers who have now moved well clear of the relegation zone. Stu Mason and Stu Douglas both hit hat-tricks whilst Margaret Forsyth and Mike Chapman were often out-hit by their top-spinning opposition.



Breakaway B (3) Peel C (7)

Peel were handed a gift wrapped win as Chris Kewley was top placed Breakaway’s only available player. Whilst Kewley won his matches in straight sets against Vishal Patel, Nathan Evans and Fraser Dorling he was ineligible to compete in the doubles as Pedro Cardoso had been borrowed from Copy Shop in order to give the Peel lads some extra games.  


Copy Shop D (3) Copy Shop C (7)

Rob Sim and Malcolm Lambert hit hat-tricks and combined to harvest the doubles against their D team colleagues. In so doing the C team moved to within six points of Breakaway. Chris Aspden, Kevin Drewry and George Melvin showed their experience against Henry Hyde who was unlucky not to win a set in his 6/11, 11/13, 7/11 defeat by Aspden.  


IOM Junior Development Two (9) IOM Junior Development One (1)  

The Twos leap-frogged over the Ones and recorded their second win of the season. The noise coming from their table told a tale of sheer exuberance and excitement at being allowed the chance to play in the senior league. Jacob Perry may have recorded the only victory for the Ones but Dylan Fearon and Anton Ivston had just as much fun as Oska Corkill, Alfie Crowe and Adam Crossley did for Dev: Two.


Fortress Management Services (5) Travellers D (5)

David Buck got Travellers off to a flying start, winning all his matches. Juan Moore Jnr added two more for the draw, losing only to Karen Hassan in a tough five setter. Pat Halliwell and Mahmoud Hassan managed to quell young Alex Buck in straight sets then Alex all but beat Karen, but succumbed in the end 11/4, 8/11, 11/6, 9/11, 10/12. Halliwell and Karen secured the third draw of the season for Fortress in three quick sets against Alex and Moore.



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