Rotherham Advertiser Report Week Nineteen

As the season enters the final third, where all teams get their last opportunity to
challenge others in their respective division, Mason Arms C team met Mason Arms
D in Division One. Matthew Bacon started the night off with a hard fought but
comfortable victory over Andy Baxter. Mark Seddon then had a tougher match
against Alan Waistnidge who battled hard but finally lost it in the fourth game
at deuce. John Christian then saw off Ian Burnell much more easily to give the
C team a 3-0 lead. This was to be the trend for the evening as all sets went
their way inflicting their D team with their sixteenth defeat of the season.
That leaves the C team bang in the middle of the division and the D team firmly
planted at the root.

In Division Two Phoenix C were at home to Mason Arms E. Phoenix are still in very
close contention for the divisional title with Clifton C team so no slip ups
are allowed at this crucial stage of the season. Stuart Element and Alan Joyce
kicked things off with two wins over Dave Sayner and John Bradshaw. But Ryan
Brooks held fast and hit back for Masons, beating Mohammed Arshid in four. The
pattern continued throughout the evening with Element and Joyce getting
maximums whilst Arshid could not get on the scorecard on this occasion. Phoenix
took two vital points with a final result of 7-3 and that puts them one point
ahead at the top of the division but Clifton have a game in hand. The meeting
of these two teams in their penultimate match of the season will be a real
title decider.

In the same division Phoenix D were away to Stag School of Motoring A. Phoenix are
hovering perilously close to the bottom of the division so any points obtained
are a blessing. Stag sit comfortably in the middle with little to play for
apart from their pride. Father and son pairing Robert and Peter Eyre joined
forces with Peter Webster to dish out a 9-1 thrashing of Stag. Only Dave
Engledow could get on the scoresheet for Stag seeing off Webster in the second
set of the night. That leaves Phoenix in shared next to bottom place with
Scorpions E, both on twelve points.

Down in Division Three, two of Rotherham Scorpions Junior’s six teams met this week. No
love lost when any of these teams meet and Scorpions F were not going to give
any ground to their I team on this occasion – they still have a slim chance of
promotion and the title. The I team sit next to bottom with only their friends
in the J team propping them up. Lewis Robinson had a really tough match against
Adam Szabo and just scraped through 12-10 in the decider. Next Jessie Truman
met Amy Marriott, currently ranked fourth in the country in the girls under 12
category. However Truman showed her mettle and fought well for a close victory,
again in the decider. The highlight of the evening in the next match when nine
year old Lewis Ellams inflicted a tremendous and rare defeat on very
experienced Eric Hall. Truman then lost to Szabo to make it 2-2. But that was
the end of the fight as the F team strolled ahead to win 7-3 by the end.


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