DIVISION ONE WEEK 15
ST PETERS A hosted RUSTONS A several weeks before the due date, which is of great credit to the organisers and something that other teams should copy when they know are short of key players. Magic man ,Pete Mackie for Peter’s was again in scintillating form comfortably easing past Mick Johnson and Bob O’Hara in three but encountered a little more resistance from Paul Conyers ,whom he beat by 9-11, 11-8, 11-2, 11-3.Captain Stephen Read too had no trouble winning all his singles in three games each. Reserve Peter Banks found Mick too hot to handle but edged home by 11-6, 7-11, 2-11, 11-5, 11-8 against Bob and by 7-11, 12-10, 12-10, 4-11, and 11-8 against Paul. The match result was a fine 9-1 win for St Peter’s A ,who are having a fine season.
CRUSADERS B were challenged by the WARRIORS. Number one player “Q” Qentin Olley is now back to his estimable best in beating young pretender Jack Bradley by 11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8 and Roy Ellis and Mick Tindall ,each in three games. Paul Moore too was taken to four games by Jack but took all his singles matches. Jack gained some revenge in beating Duddy Dudman by 11-3, 10-12, 11-8, 7-11, 11-7 but Duddy had his sole win of the night in beating Roy Ellis by 12-10, 6-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-5. Best win of the night probably was Mick Tindall cruising home in three games against the Duddy. Match result was a 8-2 victory for the B’s.
SLAPPERS were home to league topping CRUSADERS A. This proved to be a very close match. Slapper captain Clive Mitchell was in superb form beating Matt Hewitt by 11-4, 11-7, 6-11, 12-10,and Dan Otter by 12-10, 12-10, 9-11, 11-6 and then Dan Rimmer by 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6,results which were the best of the week, well done Clive. Matt Hewitt ,squeezed home against Jonah Shepherd in four games but was involved in the best match up of the evening against Ryan Mitchell, Ryan winning by 11-6, 10-12, 11-6, 10-12, 11-8. Two wins each for the two Dan’s meant the doubles was crucial but a comfortable win by the Mitchell men over the Dan’s in three straight games meant the match result was a pulsating 5-5 draw. This result kept the A team at the top of division One for another week.
PSYCHO DELICS had a look at the FANTASTIC FIVE on a Thursday night. Colin Walters , Derek Wood and Adrian Haigh all flew past Shaun Harris ,playing as a reserve .Colin also took out James Wynne in four good games. Derek ,as could be anticipated had a tidy battle with Ben Applewhite , Derek winning 12-10, 7-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-8. Adrian Haigh showed how well he has progressed this season in a very close match with Ben, which Ben won at the death by 11-6, 10-12, 9-11, 11-7, 16-14 ,but best result for the Five was a great win for James over Derek by 11-8, 8-11, 12-10, 11-9. Match result was a very entertaining 5-5 draw.
DIVISION TWO WEEK 15
UNBEARABLES took to the table again this week aiming to return to their best form and they were not disappointed. They took on the CRUSADERS E team .E Number One,Rob McCann, had an excellent game with Brian Reed and emerged the victor by 7-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-5 and also took out the evergreen Barry Johnson in four. Ian Minoghue too , showed his vast improvement this season in beating Brian by 10-12, 11-6, 11-9, 11-4. Unbearable Number One , Shaun Harris was in intimidating form blasting his way to three excellent wins and Barry Johnson too hit his way to a three game win against Ian. The Unbearable Harris family pair Dave and Shaun took the doubles in style and the Unbearables were back to their best in a 7-3 win.
RUSTON B returned to the match table after a few week break, in their attempt to top the table against ST PETERS C. St Peters were still handicapped by the loss of players and so were a two man team, which seems to be likely for the remainder of the season. St Peter’s captain, Peter Eccles was top man only being eased to defeat by David Barber by 6-11, 11-7, 11-7, 7-11, 3-11 and by Glynn Williams in four games. Peter Robson too, went close against Glynn losing only by 7-11, 11-5, 10-12, 4-11.The big upset of the evening was the home captain, John Bowman losing to Peter Eccles by 11-3, 11-9, 9-11, 10-12, 11-7. Match result was an excellent win for Ruston’s by 9-1 and keeps them in contention for the title.
MISFITS tried their skills on the IMPS in what was destined to be a close match .Magnificent, Malcolm Scott playing at number one for Imps was the star of the evening, yet again coasting to three singles wins, but did not have it all his own way in the first match on table against Nic Robison only winning by 9-11, 6-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-3. Sally Riggall had a tight match with Louise Hart with Louise winning by 11-9, 8-11, 11-3, 11-9.Two wins for Nic ,Lex and Louise were enough to take the Misfits to a well deserved win by 6-4 despite a fine doubles win by Sally and Malcolm over the Robinsons by 6-11, 12-10, 11-5, 11-4.