WEEK ELEVEN DIVISION ONE
KEAL MADRID (minus Nigel) had a visit from the marvellous FANTASTIC FIVE . Harry playing at number one for the evening was edged out by Ben Applewhite 10-12, 11-6, 9-11, 10-12 in a close encounter! He however, was too strong for James Wynne by 11-8, 6-11, 11-8, 12-10. Finlay for the Keals had a better night beating James in three, Lewis McFarlane in four pulsating games 11-8, 12-10, 8-11, 11-8. Captain for the evening Ian Sleight only just squeezed by Lewis by 11-8, 11-8, 16-18, 9-11, 11-4 and beat James for his second of the evening. The most fantastic of the five was of course again Ben Applewhite who was successful in all three of his singles. The match was decided by a fine doubles win by Finlay and Ian over Ben and James to take the Keal Madrid side to a 6-4 win and nearer the top of the table.
THE A’S were flown up on by the B’S from Crusaders . First match up between A number one Dan Rimmer and B number one Roy Harper and it went the distance , Dan easing home at the death by 10-12, 10-12, 11-7, 11-5, 11-4. “Q” for the B’s marked his return from serious illness with three fantastic singles wins. The decisive match was probably between Paul Moore and Dan Otter with Dan sliding to a win by 11-7, 9-11, 10-12, 11-7, 12-10. Matt Hewitt for the A’s marked his return from the world of stage with a fine win over Roy in three. Doubles again was the decider and Dan and Matt went the distance to beat Paul and Q by 10-12, 10-12, 11-3, 12-10, 11-6. The result a win for the A’s by 6-4.
OLYMPIANS were visited by the mortals of ST PETERS A. Back to full strength after the previous week’s mishaps were the Olympians and Jack Blyth marked his after the festivities return with a blistering display first up to defeat Stephen Read by 11-4, 11-6, and 11-9. Andy Wignall showed the importance of continued high level competition as he again blitzed his way past all before him for three fine singles wins. Stephen Read gained some revenge in beating Alkisti at the death by 4-11, 12-10, 11-9, 7-11, 11-9. The calm deceptive skills of Pete Macke took him past Alkisti too and in what proved to be the match of the evening he beat Jack by 7-11, 10-12, 11-8, 16-14, 11-5. The end result a 7-3 Olympians victory.
RUSTONS A were hoping for a better New Year and were home to WARRIORS, whom they hoped to upset. Four matches going to five games and three to four showed the competitive nature of this match. Impressive for Warriors was number one player Anthony Tindall, playing with much more maturity humour and calm these days with three excellent singles wins . Dad, Mick too was not far behind winning two of his singles, and one of the matches of the evening was between Mick and Bob O’Hara , the match going to Mick by 9-11, 12-10, 11-8, 10-12, 11-9. Top Warrior junior, Jack Bradley again showed his promise with three singles wins too, the best being an 11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-9 win over home captain Mick Johnson. The end result was a Warriors win by 9-1.
Top of the table are OLYMPIANS with 48 points, CRUSADERS A second 44 points and third KEAL MADRID 38 POINTS. At the bottom are RUSTONS A with 15 points , PSYCHO DELICS with 18 points and SLAPPERS with 24 points.
WEEK ELEVEN DIVISION TWO
It is good to see ST PETERS C back playing again, albeit at the moment playing with only two players. They were home to IMPS captained by David Brown who for the evening did not have the best of luck in the key match against Peter Eccles going down as he told me after a doctor floundered lost, a round in the dark in the mud on a bowling green and took the flow from the match. The result was a defeat by 6-11, 6-11, 11-4, 11-5, 12-10. Peter Eccles the home captain was certainly on form beating Dr Basu by 11-2, 11-7, 5-11, 7-11, 11-4. Man of the match was Peter Robson for the home team who won all his matches with some ease. Sally Riggall again showed her fantastic love for the game and continued improvement for the Imps.
In what looked to be possibly the week’s closest match UNBEARABLES had a stalking by the TIGERS. It was good to see Barry Johnson back playing again at number one for Unbearables and he certainly played well winning his singles against Dominic Batey and Stephen Naylor with some ease. However he found Sylvia Tyler too tough a nut to crack as she eased to a 5-11, 16-14, 11-4, 11-8 victory. U’s Shaun Harris was involved in the longest game of the week against Sylvia and he achieved a notable scalp in his win by 20-18, 4-11, 12-10, 8-11, 11-5. U’s captain Dave Harris was on top form again with two wins ,the best by 11-5, 6-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-9 over Stephen Naylor and a comfortable win over tigers best junior Dominic Batey. Key result of the match proved to be the doubles won by Barry and Shaun. The result a 6-4 win for Unbearables.
Clash of the last two unbeaten teams this season was between ASSASSINS and RUSTONS B for top spot in the table. Andy Smith got things off for a splendid start for Assassins with 8-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-8 against Ruston’s number one John Bowman. In the most closely contested match of the evening Mike Willis met Dick Peacock, Mike squeezing home by 12-10, 10-12, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8. David Arnold eased to a win in three against David Barber. Mike was taken all the way by John to a win by 8-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6 and beat David Barber in three for an excellent man of the match winning three singles. Dick Peacock went to five in all his matches being on the wrong end of a defeat to David by 11-5, 7-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-7 but ending Andy’s evening by beating him by 11-7, 7-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8. David came adrift with a comfortable defeat by John and yet another five game doubles saw the ASSASSINS keep their grip on the top place with a 8-2 win in what was a brilliantly contested match.
League table has ASSASSINS in 1st with 50 points, Rustons B 2nd 40points and Crusaders D with 29 points. At the bottom sit Misfits with 6, Imps with 13 and St Peters C 15 with two matches in hand.