Despite being taken to the deciding game in two matches and the fourth in one, all really close battles, Richard Element proved why he is the top scorer in Division One by winning all three against Scorpions A at Phoenix last week. However he could not prevent the visitors from winning their fifteenth straight match to retain a 100% record for the season and stay top of the League.
Are the hopes of Phoenix F winning the Division Three title about to be crashed on the rocks? One of their star players, Steve Richardson is moving away from the area at this critical time of the season. This did not stop his team from thrashing Scorpions I 9 -1 in their latest match. Maurice Druce and Harry Smith both taking maximums and John Hall a brace. The only blot on the landscape was made by Aaran Radford having a good win over Hall. Phoenix stay top by just one point with Scorpions G hot on their tail having given clubmates Scorpions J a good thrashing too. Phil Richardson, Dennis E. Green and all winning three.
In Division Two Stag A had a resounding win over Phoenix D. Rob Eyre started the evening off with a three game straight win over John Hallgarth despite the second game going to 18-16. Dave Engledow fought back defeating Pete Webster in four but that was the last resistance that Phoenix could muster going down 9 – 1 on the night. Pete Eyre adding a hat-trick to Stag’s total.
In Division Two Bob Vickers of Phoenix E got them off to a flying start against Paul Flint from Stag B. Warwick Plummer tried hard to fight back but lost in five to Alan Redfern. And then Joyce Fox finished off Brian Jackson in three. This set the trend for the evening as Phoenix strode to a 9 – 0 lead. However Jackson decided he was not going to allow the whitewash by overcoming Redfern in the last match of the night. Also in the division Clifton E’s Francis Lovell, Richard Proctor and Pete Cox all took maximums in their whitewashing of Scorpions J. The only game won by the visitors was in the doubles.
Last weekend saw the latest National Junior and Cadet Team events, local players featuring regularly as always. Having moved up to the top cadet division, Scorpions A could not survive the heat and lost all three of their matches to teams from around Yorkshire. Aaran Radford managed to win three out of nine and Alex Selway two. But Jack Robinson could not get on the scoresheet all day. Nevertheless it was all good experience for the youngsters. The B team, also promoted last time, managed to win one of their three matches in Division Two seeing off Oakbank 8-1 but losing to their other two opponents. Lewis Ellams and Adam Szabo both had a good day winning four out of five each. Lucie Smith and Amy Marriott, both appearing in the event for the first time, struggled with Lucie managing one win and Amy not at all.
In the Junior Division Scorpions A won three and drew one of their five matches and the B team just two wins but picked up two draws also to end the day firmly placed right in the middle of the division. The A team’s highlight was probably their win over St. Mary’s who finished above them in second place. Michael Taylor had an outstanding day winning eight of his ten matches whilst Edmund Lau and Alex Bland also performed well winning six each. Lewis Robinson, Jessie Truman and Emily Walker all supported well.
The Rother Valley League Closed Championships will take place on Sunday, 10th May, 2015 at the Dearne Valley College Sports Hall. All players from the League are invited and encouraged to enter this growing event.