TABLE TOPPING DALLAM SLAM BURTON
Dallam C are the early pace setters in Division 2 of the Kendal and District League, having maintained a one hundred percent winning start to this season’s campaign with an 8-2 victory against Burton D.
Tom Carling helped ease Dallam into a 4-1 lead with 14-12, 4-11, 11-3, 11-3 and 11-9, 11-7, 11-9 triumphs against Shelley Rhodes and Daniel Herd respectively, while team mate Lawrence Duncan chipped in with straight sets wins against Rhodes and Frank Lee. The Milnthorpe side’s dominance intensified in the second half of the match, as Duncan, Carling and Norman Philbey scored routine victories against Herd, Lee and Rhodes respectively to create a scoreline of 7-2 in Dallam’s favour. Despite Herd’s 3-0 success over Philbey and Lee’s breathtaking 11-9 deciding set triumph also against Philbey, Dallam secured an 8-2 success when Duncan and Carling teamed up in the doubles to defeat Herd and Lee 11-7, 11-5, 11-9.
Kirkby Stephen A have crept into second position, three points behind Dallam, following a comprehensive 8-2 victory against Dent A. Dent held the Eden Valley high flyers early on at 2-2, after Steve Hawley edged out Tom Walton 8-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-6, having sensationally retrieved a 2-0 sets deficit. In similar dramatic circumstances, Eddie Smith matched his team mate’s earlier win with a last gasp five set success of his own also against Walton. This though was as good as it got for Dent as Kirkby- bolstered by two near misses- fought back gallantly to win the remaining matches thanks to Dave White and Peter George’s three wins apiece in addition to Walton’s 11-6 success in the fifth set against Ross Sedgwick, earning Kirkby an 8-2 win.
Newly promoted Crook C occupy third place in the table, despite a shock 8-2 defeat at the hands of fifth placed Kirkby Stephen B. Tony Cousins’s two victories against Jack Thornborrow and Eric Robinson provided Crook with two rare moments of glory in a gloomy night. Kirkby’s first win of the season was secured when Gerry Baines earned his side three wins, adding to Thornborrow and Robinson’s brace.
Dallam D opened their first game of the season with a crushing 8-2 defeat of Burton E, while Dallam B moved into fourth place following a 7-3 success against Grayrigg, who now occupy second from bottom position in the table.
Defending Division 1 champions Glaxo A opened the defence of their title with a 9-1 steamrollering of Natland B. Luke Biggins brightened up Natland’s night with a closely fought 11-4 win in the fifth set against Callum Dymond, though Keith Dymond and Tom Smith’s hat-trick of wins, in addition to Callum Dymond’s double victories against Roger Pimblett and Bernard Pickthall made it a perfect start to Glaxo’s title defence.
Last season’s top flight runners-up Ibis made a stuttering start to the season with a far from impressive 8-2 victory against Crook B. Things started off smoothly for Ibis early on, as Steve Dixon, Trevor Nicholson and James McGrath’s victories against Bob Bagot, John Wood and Colin Pratt respectively, eased the Kendal side into a 3-0 lead. Bob Bagot pushed Dixon to the brink of defeat in the night’s opening encounter, narrowly losing out in a gut wrenching 11-13, 11-8, 2-11, 11-8, 9-11 defeat. Putting this disappointment behind him, Bagot showed mental resilience in disposing of Nicholson 14-12, 10-12, 3-11, 11-4, 11-6 and then McGrath 7-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-5, 14-12, having being 2-0 behind. Despite Dixon’s three wins and McGrath and Nicholson’s two wins apiece, Crook must have been content to come away with two well-earned points from this battle with last season’s runners-up.
Dallam A made it two wins from two games after a crushing 8-2 defeat of Burton C. Dallam had Adam Fox and Jonathan Hyman to thank for their latest victory, with both players remaining unbeaten. Burton battled tirelessly throughout the night and were rewarded with two points when Graeme Wheelhouse defeated Craig James 11-7, 11-6, 11-4 and Wheelhouse and Chris Jones combined in the doubles to score a convincing 11-5, 11-3, 11-8 triumph against Fox and James.
In other top flight games, Crook A edged past their B team 6-4 in a gritty derby encounter, Burton A maintained their one hundred percent winning record with an 8-2 win away at Natland C and Burton B inflicted a first defeat of the season upon a below par Natland A, with the final score finishing at 6-4.
Dallam E look to be the team to beat in Division 3, as they made it three wins from as many games in a 10-0 whitewash over their F team. The closest Dallam F got to recording a point on the score sheet was George Duxbury’s mammoth 9-11, 18-16, 11-9, 8-11, 7-11 defeat to Sam Horrocks. Dallam E’s Elliot and Max Webster looked unstoppable in a brilliant night for the young Milnthorpe side.
Natland E have climbed into joint second place, 16 points behind Dallam E, following a narrow 18-16 win over their D team. George Pickthall and Glen Allen’s two victories helped Natland seal the bragging rights over their rival team.
Meanwhile, Grayrigg B had Burton F to thank for only turning out with two players, which enabled them to scrape a 21-17 success. Burton battled hard with only two players, as Lynne Herd scored three wins while team mate Mark Stitch chipped in with two victories. A narrow 13-11 win in the deciding set for Olly Philpott-Smith against a unfortunate Stitch, combined with three walkover points was enough for Grayrigg to be gifted victory.