WEEK TWENTY TWO DIVISION ONE
This report contains some catch up matches too. There are nine outstanding Division One games to play and so will report on those at the end of next week hopefully.
At the 8th April, Olympians have a slim lead of two points over Racers and a lead of four points over Crusaders A. This is the first time in recent years that the top three have been so close, so the catch up matches are vital.
FANTASTIC FIVE took on the might of KEAL MADRID. On paper this would be a very tight match. Sadly the FIVE were a player short and had to bring in the up and coming, much in demand Shaun Harris , ever a player for the big occasion. Shaun did well but the Keal’s are so strong. Top match was to be Ben Applewhite against Nigel Keal and so it proved. Nigel edging home at the death by 7-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-9, 12-10.Ben was too good for Finlay and Ian Sleight however. Two wins for Finlay and Ian helped Captain Nigel, who took all his singles plus the doubles with Finlay to an excellent 8-2 win for those Keal’s.
CRUSADERS C accepted the SLAPPERS challenge. Unfortunately the C’s were a player short and it proved costly. Two wins for Captain Bill Holmes plus the doubles in five were the best the C’s could do. Three wins from Chief Slapper, Clive Mitchell plus two each from Andy Flynn and Jonah Shepherd took them to a 7-3 well earned win.
CRUSADERS B took on the challengers, CRUSADERS A. This was probably the tightest match of the week, being very difficult to call too. Dan Rimmer returned to form with a fine three game win against top B player Paul Moore and he also took out both Quentin Olley and Duddy Dudman, although the Duddy went to four. Paul was more successful against Nigel crow ,winning 9-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-2 and Dan Otter in a fine match by 3-11, 11-6, 12-10, 3-11, 11-9. Three wins for Dan Rimmer plus one from Mr Otter countered by a great win for the Duddy over Nigel by 12-10, 16-14, 5-11, 12-10 meant the doubles was a crucial match. It was taken comfortably by the A’s and the match result was a 5 all draw.
Would the title chasing RACERS be confused by the PSYCHO DELICS, the answer was a resounding no. Colin Walters took on the ever improving Nic Keast in the first match and was eased out by 12-10, 11-8, 9-11, 5-11, 11-7.Joe Sheehan went close to Marilyn Bawden in losing in five by 10-12, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-4 and Adrian Haigh also gave Nic a good game in five. However three wins each from all the Racers plus the doubles, kept them on track with a fine 10-0 victory.
At the bottom of the table it’s looking bleak for Ruston’s A with 29 points and Psycho Delics with 37 ,nine behind Fantastic Five.
CRUSADERS E played ST PETERS B, who had only two players on the night. Iain Hicklin for the home team proved the star player beating David Ranshaw by 11-9, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9 and Bob Dorrian by 6-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-8. Ian Minoghue too had a fine victory over Bob by 11-9, 7-11, 11-6, 11-8. A five game doubles win for St Peters could not stave off an upset win for the E team in their best result of the season in a 6-4 victory.
IMPS played ST PETERS C in an excellent match. Imp captain David Brown was very unlucky to lose 9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 10-12, 11-4 to Peter Eccles and by a very similar score to Peter Robson. Sally Riggall had a very fine match with Peter Eccles but the star of the evening was Anindya Basu with three excellent singles wins plus the doubles with David Brown. The match result was a five all draw.
TIGERS were challenged by the UNBEARABLES in what was likely to be a close affair. Ryan Hinson had a fine win over Brian Reed by 9-11, 11-8, 11-7, 12-10 and Sylvia Tyler too beat Brian comfortably. However the Tigers were swept aside on the night by the Harris family ,with Shaun and David winning all their singles and helped by a win in five for Brian over Daniel Cox and a doubles win swept to their best result of the season in an 8-2 fabulous win.
MISFITS played ST PETERS C in a catch up match. The highlight of the evening was a win for Lex Robinson over Peter Eccles by 7-11, 11-7, 11-8, and 12-10. Louise Hart also did well to take a game off Peter but the St Peter’s team were too strong and three singles wins for man of the match Peter Robson and two from Peter Eccles plus the double took the two man St Peter’s team to a good 6-4 win.
Clash of the night was between the two top teams. RUSTON’S B going through the season having only lost once and ASSASSINS, still undefeated. It was a high level match indeed, six of the matches went to five games and three to four games. Despite the best efforts of Dick Peacock ,Dave Barber and John Bowman, Ruston’s came off second best. Dick did get revenge over David Arnold but three from man of the match, Andy Smith and Mike Willis and two from David plus the doubles to maintain their 100% record for the season, kept their undefeated record intact and took them to a 9-1 victory and the TITLE.Two matches are still to play which will decide second place.