WEEK EIGHTEEN DIVISION ONE
KEAL MADRID had a close encounter with PSYCHO DELICS. Captain Nigel was back for the Keal’s and he was in sparkling form again deceiving Psycho number one Adrian Haigh by 11-3, 10-12, 11-9, 12-10 and easing to two further singles wins. Ian Sleight was troubled by Joe Sheehan ,whom he beat in four by 11-5, 7-11, 11-7, 11-7 and Adrian by 8-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-7 but eased past Colin Walters in three straight games. The doubles was a very different affair with Colin and Joe putting up a great fight but going down by 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 7-11, 12-10 in a humdinger of a battle. The end result was a 7-3 win for the two man team of Keal Madrid.
CRUSADERS B met CRUSADERS C in an anticipated very close match. Builder Bill Holmes coming out top of the pile of bricks against all his singles opponents, easing past Roy Harper and Paul Moore in four comfortable games each but being given a stiffer test by a top form Duddy Dudman ,winning at the death by 9-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-5, 11,3.Duddy was supreme in his three game win over Dan but Dan Brown recorded one of his best ever results in beating Paul by 6-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 12-10 and had a comfortable three game win over Roy. Daren Thorpe was again in stirring form going past Roy in four and Duddy in three. The Doubles went to the B’s pair of Paul and Roy but the end result was a fine win for the C’s by 7-3.
WARRIORS hosted title challengers OLYMPIANS, who were yet again a two man team on the night. Number one Warrior was Jack Bradley who lost to Alkisti in a hitting war by 9-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-2, 10-12 but in a battle with Jack Blyth came out on the right end of a five game thriller by 10-12, 11-9, 9-11, 12-10, 11-7. Anthony Tindall too took Jack Blyth to five but was eased out by 1-11, 6-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-9. Alkisti had yet another five game battle with the master of the deception, Roy Ellis but came out on top by 11-9, 8-11, 11-8, 3-11, 11-9. The doubles was decisive and it went to the Olympian pair, who squeezed to a close run 6-4 win.
RACERS had a taste of the SLAPPERS. Dominic Batey playing as a reserve for Racers proved supreme in his 11-7, 11-8, 11-9 win over Jonah Shepherd. Nic Keast had big five game battles with Ryan Mitchell and Andy Flynn but beat Ryan by 11-9, 10-12, 8-11, 11-9, 12-10 and Andy by 11-9, 6-11, 5-11, 11-6, 11-6. Marilyn Bawden had fine wins over Jonah and Andy but found Ryan’s hitting too much in an 11-7, 11-4, 6-11, 11-5 win for Ryan. A great doubles win for Slappers in five was not enough to stop, man of the match Nic Keast and his team taking the match by 6-4.
FANTASTIC FIVE were visited by ST PETER’S A, who brought Bob Dorrian as a reserve. Ben Applewhite met Steve Read in a clash of the number one’s and it was Ben who emerged the victor in three for the Fantastic team. Steve however was revenged beating Karl Wynne in three and over dad James in five very entertaining games by 11-3, 10-12, 9-11, 12-10, 11-5. Pete Mackie for the Saints was in immaculate form yet again ,comfortably winning his three singles and helped in a fine doubles win for the Saints took them to a great 6-4 win.
TIGERS took a bite at CRUSADERS D and found them to their liking. Stephen Naylor for Tigers was again showing how accomplished he can be when he believes in himself with an excellent five game win over Salv Bambino by 11-7, 12-10, 9-11, 5-11, 11-4 and yet another over Mark Watson by 11-5, 11-6, 8-11, 4-11, 11-7 and in four against Mark Nolan. A very fine three wins for Stephen indeed. Ryan Hinson playing at number one also got the better of Salv by 9-11, 11-9, 12-10, 8-11, 11-5. The magnificent Sylvia Tyler too showed her talents and talons in winning all her matches with ease and single wins each for the two Marks could not stop the talented tigers coasting to a 8-2 win.
CRUSADERS E were the home team against the skilful and determined RUSTONS B team, who were a man short on the night. Iain Hicklin for the E’s had great battles and was close to fine wins, but all in vain as John Bowman arrowed to a 10-12, 11-4, 16-18, 12-10, 11-3 win and Dick Peacock showed all his magic in a 5-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 12-10 win. Ian Minoghue too, took Dick to a five game special. Three singles each for John and Dick plus the doubles with ease took the Ruston’s B team to yet another win by 7-3 and maintained their title challenge.
IMPS played the ASSASSINS with Dave Brown, Sally Riggall and Anindya Basu doing far better than the games results suggested, to take the Assassins to a long, well fought close match. Three wins each for Man of the match Andy Smith, Mike Willis and David Arnold plus the doubles took the Assassins to a 10-0 win.