The Leicester and District League’s summer competition for the Elbow Tankard, a three-a-side team handicap, attracted twelve teams split into three groups of four playing all-play-all home and away. The three groups winners plus the best loser will progress to the semi finals.
Cooke scored an excellent win over Sharda to make that 12 points before Bentley beat Knight 21-15. Then Patel produced the match winning performance in defeating Kelsey Andrews 21-4 to put his team 12 points to the good.
At 4-4 in this event for those below 115 came the closest of all the nine sets when Uzayr Shaikh defeated Downes 3-2 (11-9, 2-11, 13-11, 12-14, 11-9) and Abbots were home by the narrowest margin.
This means that the top two Syston teams in the top two divisions simply swap places as the second team have gained promotion from two to nullify their first team’s relegation.
All but one of the promotion and relegation issues through the various divisions of the Leicester and District League have been resolved, and that is the remaining relegation spot in Division One where Abbots Road made a spirited effort against champions, Unicorn, before going down 6-4.
Syston Casuals II, the only team who can overtake Regent in the one match left to play in the division, could only share with Knighton Park III for whom Brajesh Patel took an excellent maximum, backed by one each from Shirley Pickering and Patrick Cox.
The one remaining relegation place in Division One of the Leicester and District League remains on a knife edge. With Syston Casuals already down three more remain vulnerable: Abbots Road, Desford Village and Unicorn II.
Bateman is also instrumental in setting up a daytime 2x2 challenge. This is two players playing another two in four singles and a doubles with the emphasis very much on social rather than competitive, apart from an obvious element with the match itself.
A few matches were called off because of the weather this week although it was not as bad as initially anticipated, but it was a result at the back end of the week before catching the eye when Regent Sports entertained Division Two runaway leaders, Holwell Sports, the latter winning 7-3.
After all the cup exploits it was back to play in the Leicester and District League where there has been some interesting catching up in Division One, both at the top and the bottom of the chart.