DIVISION ONE WEEK EIGHT
Fantastic Five encountered those Olympians. Captain James Wynne was outstanding against the opposing captain Alkisti beating her by 7-011, 11-6, 11-5, and 11-4. Lewis Mcfarlane too was a winner against Alkisti by 6-11, 12-10, 12-10, 11-8. Home player Ben Applewhite was brilliant on the night, being just edged out by the devastating Jack Blyth by 11-7, 10-12, 11-6, 5-11, 11-8 but beat Alkisti too in the fifth by 10-12, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-6. Three wins each for Jack and the everlastingly talented Mr Wignall took the Olympians to the heights at the top of the league table by 7-3.
Rustons A ,in a battle at the wrong end of the table took on Keal Madrid (their Messi look alike captain Nigel was back playing this week). Nigel cruised home in his three singles matches, winning each in three games. Ian Sleight found things harder ,just edging out the ever young Terry Colam by 10-12, 11-4, 11-4, 11-9 but winning all his other matches more comfortably. Young Harry Keal found the home players and table too difficult on the night. The result was a 7-3 victory for the Keal Madrid machine.
The C’s were to be tested by the Psycho-Delics. C’s captain Bill Holmes was in very sharp form winning his first two singles in very fine fashion but then pulled a muscle and had to concede in his third match.. Dan Brown was involved in a real battle with top American Joe “Penholder” Sheehan, edging the match by 5-11, 11-3, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6 and lost in three to the wiles of the highly skilled trickster Derek Wood. Three wins for Rob Trevithick , the best player on the night plus the doubles, swept the C’s to an excellent 8-2 victory.
WARRIORS had a good look at the SLAPPERS . Star Warrior Anthony Tindall lost in four to Clive Mitchell and went to five games in his next matches. A fine win over Ryan Mitchell by 8-11, 11-8, 11-6, 6-11, 11-4 was followed by an equally close victory over Jonah Shepherd by 11-5, 11-4, 4-11, 11-9. Top match of the evening was between Mike Tindall and Jonah , who edged out a 8-11, 12-10, 7-11, 16-14, 11-3 win. Captain Slapper, Clive Mitchell was their star with three comfortable wins plus the doubles with Ryan. The result a 6-4 close run match for the Slappers.
DIVISION TWO WEEK EIGHT
Best match of the week was that involving IMPS against the D’s. Impish captain Malcolm Scott was at his imperial best in beating the league’s top Italian player, Salv Bambino by 8-11, 11-3, 11-4, and 12-10. Kapil Sanghi’s aggression was no match for one of our league’s oldest players , Malcolm, who won by 11-6, 7-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-6. D’s Captain , Mark Watson proved to be the key to the evening with strong wins against Malcolm and Sally Riggall. Imps star proved to be Dr Basu easing to a win in four games against Mark Watson and Salv but was edged out in what proved to be the key match by Kapil who showed his teeth by 10-12, 4-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-8. The match result a very close win for the D’s by 6-4.
Those title challengers Rustons B came to Crusaders to test the young skills of the Misfits. Misfits Louise Hart, Chloe Macauley and Lex Robinson all had closely fought matches but could not compete with the highly experienced and still unbeaten Ruston’s “ juggernaut” of Dick Peacock, Glynn Williams and John Bowman who rolled to a 10-0 convincing win.
CRUSADERS E with a much stronger team this season hosted those devious ASSASSINS . Top match was between Iain Hicklin and Andy Smith , in a match that proved to be very difficult to call. The end result a win for Iain in a fantastic match, by 11-7, 8-11, 12-10, 2-11, 11-9. Rob McCann and Ian Minogue too played very well but found the unusual spins and slick attack of Mike Willis and wily defence of David Arnold hard to cope with. Three wins each for Mike and David plus two more from Andy swept the Assassins to a 9-1 win and kept them at the top of the table.