Norton teams are doing well and now head all 3 Divisions, but MESC are holding on to second spot in Divisions 1 and 2.
In the Premier Division, despite losing 2-8 to Penkhull A, Bradwell A remain in third spot and it was Penkhull’s team David Mottershead and Yao Li who both took maximums, plus Phil Barnish who inflicted the defeat. Next week Penkhull A have a more difficult task when they take on the Norton A team, who cruised past Kidsgrove A with an 8-2 win. The Norton B team who top the Premier Division, along with their A team are now well clear of the rest, being some 9 points ahead and these two don’t meet until the last match of the season in 5 weeks’ time.
Norton E fielding a much weakened side, still managed a draw against Bradwell F, whose Neil Colville was yet again Player of Match with another maximum. Neil remains top of the averages and still has a 100% unbeaten record, the only player in the league to do so having played at least 10% of the matches. Second placed MESC B also had a scare when they only managed a 6-4 win against lowly Penkhull D, but a maximum 3 from Alan McDonald saved the day, along with 2 from Danny Sullivan. MESC B are still some 3 points ahead of Norton D and next week they travel to face Penkhull C and with Alex Radu back from injury, this could be a tough match.
The top of the table clash in Division 2 saw the Norton K team annihilate the MESC D team and it was only Pat Hall for the MESC D team who saved a 10-0 drubbing, when he defeated Robert Warman. Robert still heads the averages in Division 2, closely followed by Les Willis and Pat Hall, both from MESC. The MESC D team have now been pushed down into third place, 1 point behind their own C team, who beat Kidsgrove E by 9-1. The tussle may be between the MESC C and D teams for promotion, but Norton K are now clear leaders with a 3 point advantage. The Norton G team of Keith Evans, Nick Heath and Graham Savage beat their own J team by 7-3 with a maximum for Keith Evans and this now leaves the G team level on points, but down on sets averages and the Norton J team have a tough match next week when they take on the MESC D team, so a win is a must for both teams to stand any chance or promotion.