With 5 teams having byes in the Sentinel Cup first round, there were only 3 matches, with Penkhull B beating Bradwell B by 5-1 and Kidsgrove B going through to face Norton A and due to a clash of matches at MESC, their A team have yet to play Penkhull A. Several teams conceded or failed to turn up for matches in the Bradwell Handicap, making it upsetting for their opponents, but MESC already have 4 teams though to the last 8, along with 3 Norton teams, who are joined by Bradwell C. The next round of matches are due to be played in February, with two rounds in the same week.
In the Premier Division, Norton A have played a match early and now top this Division, but their B side have a better sets average. Kidsgrove B narrowly missed out on a point against 3rd placed Bradwell A, with Kidsgrove’s 14 year old James Courtney taking the scalps of both Paul Steele and Tony Jeynes. James then doubled up playing for the A team later in the week and in Kidsgrove’s 6-4 win over Norton C, beat Ben Knight and Paul Jennings.
Despite losing to Norton F, 3-7, MESC B remain tip of Division 1 and it was Norton’s Paul Lord who was Man of the Match, winning his 3 games, ably assisted by two each from Cliff Bell and Brendan Sullivan. The Norton D and E teams share the 9 points with MESC B at the top of the Division. Penkhull C are only 1 point behind and next week sees MESC playing hosts to Penkhull on Thursday. Norton K’s team of Lucie and Molly Handcock and Rob Warman are romping ahead in Division 2, this week having another 10-0 win, this time over Kidsgrove E. MESC D had a surprise loss by 4-6 to Norton G, but still remain second, sharing the points with Norton H, who themselves were held to a draw by MESC E, with Ces Brown and Derek Hibbitts gaming two each for MESC and John Brooks and Ken Humphries also gaining two for the Norton side. Wednesday will see the top match of the week when MESC D take on Norton J.