Catch up from week 8 was the match between RACERS and the A’s from Crusaders. A’s are title contenders so this was a BIG ONE! First up Nic Keast playing at number one for Racers  and he proved to be the key choice with a startlingly good win over top A ,Dan Rimmer  by 10-12, 11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7.WOW!!  Two more for the flying Nic over Nigel Crow and a win in four over Dan Otter showed it was no fluke. Three singles wins for captain Lesley Keast took the Racers past the post for a 6-4 win despite a singles win each for the A’s and the doubles too.

Another catch up from Week 8 was the match between the B’s from Crusaders and St Peters A. It proved to be a Christmas cracker of a match. Two wins for B number one Paul Moore and one from Roy Harper over Tony Turner were countered by two excellent singles wins for St Peters star player, Peter Mackie. A big battle for the doubles was won by the B’s by 8-11, 11-1, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7 but the deciding match of the night was between Duddy Dudman and Peter Mackie ,with the Duddy having his best result of the season in winning by 11-5, 5-11, 11-7, 4-11, 12-10. The result a five all draw with the teams locked together in fifth and sixth place.

Catch up from week 9 again involved St Peters A , but this time against C’s from Crusaders. Pete Mackie had convincing wins over Dan Brown and Bill Holmes but found C’s number one player of the evening, Rob Trevethick a real handful. Rob emerging eventually the victor by 11-5, 11-4, 8-11, 7-11, 12-10.Rob went on to win all his singles. Two wins for Captain Bill and one for Dan Brown saw the C’s home to a 6-4 fighting win.

In this week’s matches St Peters A had a touch of the Psycho-Delics. Captain Stephen Read was up first in what was top match of the evening against number one Psycho, Colin Walters. The result was a mind bending win for Stephen by 11-5, 11-6, 9-11, 4-11, 11-4! Adrian Haigh for Delics did well to take Tony turner to four games and that wily American penholder Joe Sheehan went close to Pete Mackie , just losing in four.  The Psycho-Delics mind bending antics were not enough however and St Peters got a very strong 10-0 victory to ease themselves further up the table.

Crusaders C entertained the Olympians (unfortunately their normal captain was still in Olympus). Captain incredible, Andy Wignall for the Olympians swept all before him but that was not enough with an empty team and the C’s won by 7-3 to somewhat dent the Olympian lead at the top of the table with their first defeat of the season!

Market Rasen Racers hosted Ruston’s A , who are facing a big battle at the foot of the table. The ever improving Racers number one, Nic Keast had the big fight of the evening, going home with a victory over Mick Johnson by 11-4, 9-11, 10-12, 11-3, and 11-7. Paul Conyers for the away team battled very hard against Marilyn Bawden but went down by 4-11, 10-12, 11-3, 11-3, and 11-4. Three comfortable wins for Lesley Keast and three for Nic plus two for Marilyn swept the Racers home by 9-1.

WARRIORS had the honour of a visit by the great KEAL MADRID. It proved a feisty battle. Warrior Anthony Tindall was too good for Harry Keal winning in four but lost in four to dad, Nigel and had a humdinger with Finlay Keal ,Finlay winning 11-7, 11-3, 6-11, 8-11, 11-7. In the clash of the top juniors of the match Jack Bradley for Warriors emerged with a win over Finlay by 11-6, 7-11, 9-11, 12-10, 12-10 ,a fantastic match. Star Warrior Graham Lacey just squeezed home against Nigel by 11-7, 8-11, 7-11, 12-10, 11-9. Final result was a Warrior win by 6-4.

FANTASTIC FIVE entertained the A’s from CRUSADERS.  A welcome return for Alasdair Fuller saw him lose in four to Dan Rimmer and Dan Otter but defeat Nigel Crow by 11-8, 9-11, 9-11, 11-4, and 11-9. Fantastic Ben Applewhite lived up to his team name with three thrilling singles wins. James Wynne too did well to defeat Nigel in four. Two wins for both of the Dan’s and a doubles win  eased them to a five all match.



Title challengers Rustons B were home to last season’s runners up UNBEARABLES.  Unbearables number one the ever youthful Barry Johnson lost in five to David Barber and four to Dick Peacock and John Bowman.  Unbearables Shaun Harris flew home in four against David but their star again was Brian Reed beating David by 5-11, 7-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-9 and going down to John Bowman by 15-17, 9-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-7.  Dick Peacock showed all his skills in his three singles wins as did John and Ruston’s maintained their title charge with an 8-2 victory.

It was really good to see St Peters C back playing again after their very distressing end to 2015. Sadly at the moment they only have two players .Tigers were the home team.  Peter Eccles had a good win over Ryan Hinson by 11-9, 11-8, 11-2, but Peter Robson was the St Peter’s star with two good singles wins.  Sylvia Tyler showed that she had lost none of her Christmas sparkle with three excellent singles wins plus two from Daniel Cox. A fine doubles win for St Peters was not enough to stop the Tigers roaring to a 6-4 victory.

MISFITS  tested out the D’S from CRUSADERS . Louise Hart was their star turn ,being only eased out in five by Mark Nolan by 9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 3-11, 11-6. Young Lex  Robinson too, played well taking both Salvatore Bambino and Mark Nolan to four games. However maximums from star of the evening Sal Bambino and Mark Nolan and Watson were too much for Misfits in a  10-0 defeat but they have much to be pleased about in their performances.

Another tight, match this week was between IMPS and St PETER’s B. Elder statesman of the league Malcolm Scott was in magnificent form for Imps  beating t Dave Ranshaw by  11-9, 6-11, 12-10, 11-8 and losing to Bob Dorrian by 11-5, 16-14, 10-12, 12-10 then gained  the finest  league result of the week in beating Peter Banks by 11-6, 11-7, 6-11, 7-11, 12-10. Good play by Sally Riggall and David Shelvey could not stop the St Peter’s team winning by 8-2 and helping their climb up the table .with games in hand.



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