DIVISION ONE WEEK SEVEN
ST PETERS A had the FANTASTIC FIVE visiting their cave. It was a very close run affair, with many highs and lows. Pete Mackie was the star for the St Peters team easing to wins over Lewis Mcfarlane and James Wynne with straight three game victories. Ben Applewhite proved a stronger opponent and the match went 11-5, 12-10, 8-11, 11-1 for the Mackie “Marauder”. Tony Tuner had a fine three straight game win over the young pretender Ben, but found Lewis a harder puzzle to beat. Lewis winning by 9-11, 12-10, 11-6, 4-11, 11-5. Jimmy Wynne too proved too hot to handle easing to an 11-9, 2-11, 12-10, 10-12, 11-4. St Peters captain Stephen Read forced his way home against Lewis by 11-8, 11-6, 8-11, 11-9 but lost to both Ben and James in four. The doubles was the key with the score at 5-4 but home knowledge prevailed , Tony and Pete comfortably easing home in three. The result was a 6-4 win for St Peters A.
CRUSADERS A, one of the title favourites hosted top RUSTONS team the A’s. Bob O’Hara for the Ruston’s club had a magnificent win over Nigel Crow in three straight games. Captain of the Ruston’s , Paul Conyers played very well during the evening going extremely close and only losing to Nigel and Dan Otter in the fifth game.
But the challenging Crusaders A team lived up to their billing and helped by three matches each for Dan Rimmer and Dan Otter supported by two for Nigel, swept to a 9-1 victory and maintained their challenge for top spot.
CRUSADERS C and B played each other. C’s number 1 Daren Thorpe, went very close to beating the B’s best player , Paul Moore only losing by 8-11, 11-7, 11-9, 7-11, 11-5. Reserve player Andy Smith went close to Mick Dudman and Roy Harper, only being defeated in the fourth game in both matches.
C’ s captain Bill Holmes was in unbelievable form on the night ,defeating Paul Moore in three straight games but only just edged out Roy Harper in the fifth by 8-11, 7-11, 11-4, 11-8, 12-10.
The result with two wins each for Duddy, Paul and Roy plus the doubles win, a 7-3 win for the battling B’s.
OLYMPIANS were due for a battle with WARRIORS, for the Warriors, one of our top juniors, Jack Bradley achieved an excellent win over the exciting talent, Jack Blyth by 12-10, 12-10, 8-11, 11-7.He also went close to beating Anthony Tindall. Olympians, Alkisti had an excellent return to top form with three excellent wins, helped by the ever youthful and sparkling Andy Wignall and two from Jack.
The result, which keeps the Olympians still at the top, was 8-2 for Olympians.
SLAPPERS had to take on THE RACERS in what was to be a very close affair!
Number 1 Slapper, Andy Flynn had a closely fought battle with Marilyn Bawden , to win by 9-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-5, 11-5. Jonah Shepherd too, beat Marilyn in five and achieved an excellent win in four games over James Keast. Captain , Clive Mitchell was in sparkling form ,taking Racers captain , Lesley Keast to four games and comfortably beating James and Marilyn. Three wins for Lesley, plus the doubles with James took the Racers to 5-5 in a very close battle.
PYCHO-DELICS were to test the abilities of KEAL MADRID. Number 1 , Psycho , Colin Walters took Harry Keal in the first match in three straight games. Adrian Haigh too eased to a win over Harry.
Captain Joe “the quiet American” Sheehan had a fine if unlucky evening, losing to both Keal’s in the fifth game. Three excellent wins for captain of the Madrid team for the evening , Ian Sleight and three for Finlay Keal, ensured a Keal Madrid victory by 8-2.
DIVISION TWO WEEK SEVEN
UNBEARABLES took on ST PETERS B and it started with a bang! Captain and number 1 player Dave Harris encountered David Salmon and edged out a 12-10, 7-11, 11-6, 5-11, 12-10. However the next David encounter with Mr Ranshaw ended in a 6-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-6 loss for Mr Harris. Son , Shaun also defeated to Dave Salmon with a 9-11, 1-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-7 win. Unbearable number three, Brian Reed, one of theplayers who has best adapted to the new plastic ball had a fine win over David Ranshaw by 10-12, 11-5, 11-8, 1-11, 11-6. The “Eggspert” for St Peters , Robert Dorrian took his team home to a fine victory over the team who had previously only lost once by 7-3.
CRUSADERS were to be tested by the ferocious TIGERS. This proved to be the best match in division Two of the week. Young Tiger, Dominic Batey had a pulsating close win over Salvatore Bambino by 11-7, 7-11, 5-11, 10-12, 11-6.Daniel Cox too beat Salv in three and achieved a sparkling win over Mark Nolan by 11-7, 15-17, 12-10, 11-8 .Salv got a very fine upset win beating Tigers captain Sylvia Tyler in five games but Sylvia showed all her great skills in beating Mark and Kapil Sanghi. Two singles wins for Kapil plus the doubles eased the D’s to a fine closely fought 5-5 draw.
TITLE CONTENDERS RUSTONS B encountered the CRUSADERS E TEAM. Ruston Dave Barber was edged out by Ian Minogue for the E’s by 8-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 11-6 but flew home to a win over Robert McCann in three games. Top E’s player Iain Hicklin proved too strong too. Captain , John Bowman found Ian a problem losing in the fifth by 7-11, 11-3, 11-5, 5-11, 11-7. However, John used all his long experience in beating both Rob and Ian in four games. Top Ruston’s player Dick Peacock eased to three good wins and took his team to a 7-3 win and maintained their title challenge.