WEEK SEVENTEEN DIVISION ONE
ST PETER’S A entertained the mighty WARRIORS from Market Rasen. The Tigress playing at number one for the evening was Sylvia Tyler playing as reserve, who found the conditions to her liking and went close in all her matches. Roy Ellis was chief for the Warriors beating Stephen Read by 12-10, 10-12, 11-9, 12-10 and Tony Turner with even greater ease in three games. Captain Mike Tindall went very close to Pete Mackie and Tony but was eased out in four games by both of them. St Peter hero for the night was Pete Mackie with three great singles wins helped by two each from Tony and Stephen to take the Peter’s team to a 8-2 victory.
CRUSADERS C had a star struck visit from FANTASTIC FIVE. Shaun Harris playing as a reserve for the Five had a fantastic ,probably best ever win in beating Rob Trevethick by 2-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6, 11-8. Ben Applewhite too went close to the Trevethickator but went down by 11-7, 6-11, 11-6, 5-11, 11-6 but had better luck against Daren Thorpe easing home in four games. Home C captain Bill Holmes was again in scintillating form comfortably winning his three and helped by two each from Rob and Daren took the C’s to yet another 8-2 win.
CRUSADERS A entertained from sunnier parts the KEAL MADRID. Finlay Keal showed yet again what a fine player he has become being eased out by Dan Rimmer by 11-5, 9-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-5 and in yet another five game master class falling to Matt Hewitt by 11-4, 6-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-9 but having a fine victory over Dan Otter in three. Ian Sleight too, had two five game matches ,losing to Dan Rimmer by 11-5, 9-11, 5-11, 12-10, 11-8 and Dan Otter by 11-3, 9-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9 before coasting home in three against Matt. The other Keal Harry had a great match going to four with Matt and was eased out at the death by big hitting Dan Otter by 14-16, 11-6, 11-6, 4-11, 11-6.The A’s however maintained their grip on the top of the table with 3 singles wins for Mr Rimmer plus two each for Mr Otter and Matt. The result a 7-3 win for the A’s
OLYMPIANS are fighting back in the race for the title. They played RACERS for whom top Racer Lesley received a bad injury during the evening forcing her to drop out of two singles after beating Olympian captain Alkisti by 12-10, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6. Nic Keast did very well to take Andy Wignall to four games and Jack Blyth too, but was able to beat Jack by 5-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-9. Nic showed yet again what a talented player he is in beating Alkisti in three. Marilyn Bawden showed again what a clever determined player she is , in taking the Master , Andy and Alkisti to four games in very close matches. The match result was a 7-3 win for Olympians.
SLAPPERS encountered the RUSTONS A mean machine. Top Slapper, Clive Mitchell maintained his current brilliant form with three very comfortable singles wins. Jonah Shepherd had three matches which all went to four or five games. Against Mick Johnson he came unstuck first of all losing by 11-8, 7-11, 11-7, 12-10 but went home by 11-5, 11-7, 3-11, 12-10 against evergreen Terry Colam and by 1-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9 against Bob O’Hara. Two good wins for Mick beating Andrew Flynn in three and a doubles win for the A’s were not enough to stop Slapper machine winning by 7-3.
PSYCHO DELICS had a taste of the CRUSADERS B and found them not to their liking. Main man Derek Wood had an outstanding win over the top form player at the moment Quentin Olley 11-3, 6-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6 and a close encounter with Roy Harper going down by 11-9, 8-11, 6-11, 11-2, 11-8.Colin Walters and Adrian Haigh went down valiantly in four games against each of Q and Paul Moore. The match result was a 9-1 win for the B’s.
Late result from the previous week was the match between ST PETER’S B and CRUSADERS D. Peter Banks for the St Peter’s team playing a man short was in sparkling form taking his three singles matches with ease but Mark’s Watson and Nolan and Salv Bambino were all too strong on the night for David Ranshaw and a good doubles win saw the D’s squeeze home by 6-4.
Title challengers RUSTONS B were the hosts for the IMPS. First on court Malcolm Scott in the clash of the number one players played a superb match against John Bowman, but John used his top skills to ease home by 7-11, 11-3, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6. David Brown too gave the Bowman a good airing in a 12-10, 12-10, 6-11, 11-7 win for John. Three wins each for John , Glyn Williams and Dick Peacock despite a fine effort in the doubles by Sally Riggall and David kept the Ruston’s team up at the top of the league pressing for first place ,with a 10-0 win.
UNBEARABLES and MISFITS were involved in a very strange match, one match, which from the scorecard appeared to go to six games. It seemed that Nick Robinson had won by 4 games to two against Brian Reed , perhaps it was some sort of international match, it was later the next day, resolved to a 3-2 win however. Misfit captain Nick was involved in four or five games in all his matches , going down by 11-6, 11-5, 10-12, 11-9 against Shaun Harris and by 11-7, 11-6, 16-18, 5-11,11-3 against Dave Harris. Lex Robinson too was successful against Brian in four games and was edged out by Shaun by 9-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-5, 11-5. Yet another five game special in the doubles was won by the Robinson family against the Harris family ,a first for the league, this season, family affair it has to be said ,by 7-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-5, 12-10. The result was a 7-3 win for the Unbearables.
CRUSADERS D were home against the ST PETERS C team in a match in which fellow reporter Brian Seed has already noted the impressive form of St Peters captain Peter Eccles ,who eased his way past Mark Nolan by 6-11, 12-10, 5-11, 12-10, 11-9 and Salv Bambino by 11-7, 8-11, 11-3, 8-11, 11-6 then Kapil Sanghi by 11-9,11-7, 5-11, 11-8. Probably the performance of the week in the league. A fine win for Pete Robson over Mark by 12-10, 5-11, 11-3, 11-6 and then a four game win for the Peter’s over Kapil and Salv took the match result to an excellent five all draw.
ASSASSINS were visited by the TIGERS, for whom the star of the evening was Sylvia Tiger Tyler with a very determined win over Andy Smith by 11-6, 6-11, 14-12, 4-11, 12-10. Stephen Naylor was on fine form too losing narrowly to Mike Willis by 11-8, 9-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-5 and Andy by 6-11, 11-9, 11-3, 14-12. Dominic Batey for Tigers also showed lots of bite going down in four to Mike and excelling in the doubles. Three wins each for Mike Willis and David Arnold plus two from Andy saw the Assassins to a 9-1 victory.