GLAXO CHASE DOWN LEADERS IBIS
Second placed Glaxo A are now only eleven points behind leaders Ibis with a game in hand over their rivals, after a crushing 10-0 victory against Crook A in Division One of the Kendal and District League.
Crook were unfortunate not to haul themselves onto the score-sheet in the penultimate and final matches of the encounter. At 8-0 down, Crook’s Phil Swift lost out 11-7, 7-11, 11-9, 5-11, 6-11 to Paul Ackred in a dramatic fifth set duel, while team mate Mike Taylor was defeated in similar fashion 4-11, 13-11, 13-11, 5-11, 5-11 against a relieved Keith Dymond in the last singles match of the night. Glaxo rounded off the 10-0 whitewash with a 14-12, 11-6, 11-7 success in the doubles.
Natland A consolidated their third place position with a resounding 9-1 triumph against strugglers Dallam B. Dallam’s only taste of victory came when Tom Carling eclipsed Mark Ashburn 11-7, 11-9, 11-8. Natland’s Harry Carter and Luke Biggins remained unbeaten with three wins apiece. The victory leaves Natland only one point behind Glaxo A having played one match more, while Dallam B are placed second from bottom, one point from safety.
BurtonA strengthened their position in fourth place after a comprehensive 8-2 triumph over Natland C. Natland held their own early on as the teams were tied at 1-1 after Chris Knowles had beaten Peter Taylor in four sets, while Mick Taylor levelled the tie for Natland with a sensational 11-5, 11-9, 11-9 win against Julie Stitch. This defeat gave Burton the impetus they needed and went 4-2 ahead thanks to Martin Wakelin’s nerve wracking 11-8 victory in the final set against Louisa Bevan. Wakelin also beat Taylor, while Knowles defeated Taylor in straight sets. Despite Bevan toppling an out of sorts Stitch 11-8, 11-7, 11-9, Burton confirmed the 8-2 victory when Wakelin and Knowles completed a hat-trick of wins.
In Division Two, leaders Natland D and third placed Burton C played out an evenly matched 5-5 draw. Natland’s Mick Taylor won all three matches, including 11-5 and 11-8 victories both in exhausting fifth set marathons against Tony March and Graeme Wheelhouse respectively. Richard San Jose also chipped into the Natland account with two four set wins against Wheelhouse and Daniel Herd. Burton’s points meanwhile came courtesy of one win apiece from March, Herd and Wheelhouse as well as an 11-4, 11-6, 11-5 victory in the doubles.
Crook B remain in fourth place and have given themselves a good chance of promotion thanks to an 8-2 mauling of Dent B. Pete Hawley got Dent on the scoreboard early on to level the tie at 1-1 thanks to a thrilling 12-10 success in the marathon fifth set against John Wood. From this moment onwards Crook looked too strong for Dent as Brian Tigg earned all three victories and was ably supported by Ed Lister and Wood’s two victories. Dent doubled their points total when Hawley- who was far and away his side’s best player- swept aside Lister 11-3, 11-6, 11-3.
Kirkby Stephen B have gone one point above their A team in fifth place following an impressive 5-5 draw with Burton D. Eric Robinson and Gerry Baines won two games apiece for Kirkby, while Burton’s Bryan Rhodes won all three matches.
In Division 3, Natland F’s George Pickthall, Ed Pickthall and Glen Allen head the table by twelve points from second placed Crook C. Natland E’s Tim Marris, Rinaldo Colombi and Gavin Lowe are following closely behind in third place.