DIVISION ONE WEEK 12
PSYCHO DELICS played a catch up match with RACERS, this was a match which involved three generations of a family playing together for RACERS in what is almost certainly a FIRST for the Lincoln League. Sylvia Tyler made her Div One debut and did her daughter and grandson proud with a splendid victory over Psycho’s number two, Colin Walters by 8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 10-12, 11-7.Lesley Keast cruised to three good singles wins as did Nic Keast. Singles wins for Derek Wood and Joe Sheehan and an exciting doubles win for Racers by 11-6, 9-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9 swept the Racers to an 8-2 victory and kept them in touch in their push for title glory.
KEAL MADRID despite their Spanish problems was able to play CRUSADERS B at home. This was a very tight match with five of the matches going to five sets! It’s really good to see Quentin Olley back and fit playing regularly again for B’s. His first match against Keal number one Nigel was so tight. The result was a win for Nigel by 11-6, 11-5, 8-11, 10-12, 11-7. Clash of the number two’s saw Ian Sleight push away the dynamic attacks of Mick Dudman by 11-7, 5-11, 10-12, 11-6, 11-3. Third match on saw junior Finlay Keal unable to fight off the blistering attacks of the colossus from Cheshire , Paul Moore. Nigel too escaped the usual Duddy barrage to win by 9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 8-11, 11-4. Ian Sleight also found Paul too hot to touch as Paul won by 2-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-5, 11-7. Two wins for Nigel and one each for Ian and Finlay could not hold the B’s at bay with three wins for Paul and two for Q, plus the doubles, taking the B’s to a squeaky 6-4 win.
RUSTONS A entertained the FANTASTIC FIVE (there were only two on the night unfortunately).Probably the best match was first on the table between the number ones, Mick Johnson and Ben Applewhite ,with Mick the winner by 10-12, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9, Mick went on to win all his single.Ben however was too strong for Terry Colam and Bob O’Hara ,winning each in three. Evergreen Terry for Ruston’s showed that class does not disappear despite age with a 7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 7-11 loss to James Wynne.Another win for Mr Wynne over Bob and a convincing doubles win for the Fantastic’s took the result to a five all draw and lifted Ruston’s back up to a lifeline position in the league.
RACERS challenged by WARRIORS first up was a battle of two top juniors, Nic Keast v Jack Bradley, Nic easing home by 11-7, 8-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-7.Nic had a great evening with three fine singles wins yet again, Marilyn Bawden was just edged out by Jack 11-7, 8-11, 11-6, 8-11, 16-14 but eased home in three against Roy Ellis. Big result of the evening was the excellent win for Anthony Tindall over Lesley Keast in four games. Two wins for Lesley plus the doubles saw the Racers win by 7-36 and maintain their challenge at the top.
CRUSADERS A clashed with the C team. Dan Brown and Rob Trevethick both had excellent singles wins over Matt Hewitt , who managed to hold off Bill Holmes by 11-8, 6-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-9. Dan’s Otter and Rimmer were both at the top of their form with wins in all their singles. A comfortable win for the C’s was in the doubles. The match result a win for the A’s by 7-3.
SLAPPERS were home to the ever improving ST PETER’S A .St Peter’s Steve Read continued his fine season with two excellent singles wins over Andrew Flynn and Jonah Shepherd as did Pete Mackie too. Slapper captain ,Clive Mitchell was in imperious form with wins in all his singles. Two man team for the evening St Peters did well to come away with a creditable 5 all draw.
PSYCHO-DELICS had the honour of hosting the top of the table team, OLYMPIANS who had a weakened team of only two players. Top Olympians Andy Wignall and Mark Donoghue found the match to be a very comfortable affair as they won all their matches with some ease to take themselves to a 7-3 victory.
DIVISION TWO WEEK TWELVE
ST PETERS B were visited by the E’s in a catch up match. Stand out result was the magnificent victory by Ian Minogue for the E’s over Peter Banks by 11-4, 6-11, 11-6, 11-5 and also by Iain Hicklin over Peter by 11-8, 11-9, 11-7. Home stars were captain Dave Ranshawe and Bob Dorrian with three excellent singles wins each. The result was a 8-2 victory for St Peters A.
UNBEARABLES had a sneak attack by the ASSASSINS. Most impressive for Unbearables was Shaun Harris who repeated his earlier victory over top of the averages Mike Willis with a great win by 10-12, 11-9, 11-7, 11-4.However he was eased out by the wiles of David Arnold in four and Andy Smith in three. In impressive form for the evening was Dave Harris despite his shoulder injury, displaying a good command of defensive skills and determination in his games, he should be pleased with his efforts. Three singles each for Andy smith and David Arnold plus two from Mike kept them in a strong position with a 9-1 win.
CRUSADERS D had a visit from title challengers RUSTONS B. An outstanding display from Mark Nolan for the home team saw him beat Dick Peacock by 11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 3-11, 11-8 and home captain Mark Watson too was victorious over Glynn Wilson. D’s did well to take the doubles against opponents who had only lost once all season but in the end three singles wins for captain John Bowman and two each for Glynn and Dick saw the Ruston’s B team take yet another win by 7-3.
TIGERS were intrigued by a visit of the IMPS. Top Imp Anindya Basu was in supreme form with three comfortable wins, helped by Malcolm Scott who also won three singles and they combined for a comprehensive doubles win. Single wins for Ryan Hinson, Daniel Cox and Stephen Naylor could not stop the Imps win by 7-3.