Syston Casuals is another team up to date and they did well to get close to Unicorn II who won 6-4 when Craig Witheford and Luke Greenfield each won three, although they couldn’t be bothered with the doubles. For Syston John Szostak, Jon Jacom and Jason Woodfield all won one.
The two Nomads teams each have 24 points, Knighton Park 25 and Winstanley 26.
Knighton Park’s first team saw off their second string who were without number one, Karen Smith, with a score of 9-1 having Chris Rogers and Jack Rogers each undefeated, while James Berry had a very good victory over Reza Kiani to prevent the full house.
Meanwhile Unicorn firsts were consolidating their position at the top of the chart with a very competent 7-3 victory over Knighton Park II. George Briskolas and Lois Peake each scored maximums while Tim Sheppard supplied a useful one.
Runaway leaders in Division Five of the Leicester and District League, Blaby and Whetstone II, had their toughest challenges so far when meeting the two young Knighton Park teams, and were not found wanting when they showed impressive team depth in winning both matches.
Could I draw your attention to the excellent Phil Reid Memorial Trophy write up by Andy Wright for which a link is on the front page of Top Spin.
This season must be seeing one of the strongest top spheres in the Leicester and District League for many a long year, despite the league losing Ajax Wolvey just before the season began due to one of their top players losing his life in a motor accident.
One of the closest matches so far in the Leicester and District League’s various graded knock out competitions came in the Saracen Cup for those graded below 170 – roughly under 50% in Division Two – when Knighton Park beat Abbots Road 5-4.
Fleckney lost 7-3 to Electricity IV in a rearranged match but had Jason Prescott back again against Knighton Park V, winning three as did James Robertson, Robert Palmer chipping in with one, their team still interested in the runners-up spot along with Electricity’s fifth team.
The young team of Knighton Park III scored critical victories in Division Two of the Leicester and District League when they beat both their nearest two rivals 6-4, those two for the time being now battling out second place.