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.
A full house of results in Division One for the first week back after the break, but business as usual as the teams at or near the top continue to dominate, although leaders, Unicorn, did not have things all their own way as they overcame Syston Casuals in a 6-4 victory.
Jared Patel and Tim Sheppard each emerged undefeated for Unicorn but Patel needed five games to beat Jason Woodfield along the way who won one along with John Szostak and Lucki Obi. Geoff Parsons can perhaps count himself a little unfortunate in losing all three with two of them in the best of five.
Unicorn’s second team still look the most likely to challenge the leaders if anyone is going to, as their 8-2 victory over Electricity’s first team shows. Luke Greenfield and Craig Witheford each won maximums while Jacques Vander notched one. For the Sparks Mat Hobday and David Grundy each won one.
Holwell Sports just got the better of Thringstone by 6-4 but the winning team’s Mark Green lost for the first time this season when going down to Trevor Kerry who won two as even he could not get the better of Adam Feargrieve who took a fine maximum for Holwell as well as helping to win the crucial doubles. Kerry won two for Thringstone, Maurice Newman and Alastair Hawthorn one apiece.
Knighton Park’s first team cannot challenge for the title now but may have a say amongst the top teams with Chris Rogers playing regularly again. Rogers took all three against Electricity II in an 8-2 success while Jack Rogers and Reza Kiani both won two. Marcin Kasprzyk is now permanently playing in the top sphere and took one for the Sparks as did Adam Pettitt.
Arnesby easily overcame bottom team, Abbots Road, 8-2 when Ian Brown secured all three while John Fuller and Darren Bramhall each took two. Geoff Hancock keeps picking up the odd one excellent success, this time against Fuller, while Vishal Parmar also won one.
Division Three saw some very close results with two draws and another very close to being one with all three matches featuring spearheading maximums.
Steve Pratt won all three for Abbots Road III in a 5-5 draw with Fleckney, including a very crucial 14-12 in the fifth victory over Jason Prescott. Support came from Raju Rahul who won one and combined with Pratt to win the doubles. Prescott won his other two for Fleckney, as did Robert Palmer, while Kenny Obilaso took one.
Another 5-5 result came when Andy Wright won all three for Electricity V against Knighton Park V and he had Dan Woolman taking a very important singles win before Woolman teamed up with Bryan Moylan to triumph in the doubles, Moylan having lost 13-11 in the fifth against Robert Geary earlier. Geary won one while Simon Aldis and Steve Bessant each secured two for KP.
He couldn’t quite secure a draw for Syston Casuals III against Goons but did all he could in winning all three. This was Chetain Tailor for whom Scott Morris supported with one for four singles. In their case they could not quite take the doubles. For Goons Gary Pitts and Scott Robinson each notched two while Barry Robinson won one. The Robinson family won that crucial doubles for full points.
With Unicorn III not recording a result yet their nearest challengers at the top of Division Four made hay with Goons II leapfrogging to the top with a slightly unusual 7-3 victory over Syston Casuals IV. Steve Harrison, Kevin Edwards and John Jacques all won two but the Syston trio all beat a different opponent for their one each, Wes Glauds, Tony Monteiro and Ian Lockington.
Desford Village III moved into a challenging third position by defeating Regent Sports III 9-1 with John Henshaw and Luke Blair both undefeated, the latter still second in the averages, Keith Adams winning two and beaten by Dave Dewsbury.
Team “Dave” otherwise known as Electricity VI, made all the running against Nomads III with the three Daves, Silvester, Bray and Cox, 9-0 to the good come the doubles when Terry Highton and Rob Sanders turned the tables for Nomads to at least prevent the full house.