Rotherham Advertiser Report Week Twenty

After five months without any sign of a point, Mason Arms D finally managed to break their duck. The unlucky recipients were Scorpions B who hosted Masons at Clifton Church. Neil Rigden took the first match of the evening against Alan Waistnidge, winning quite easily. Then Andy Baxter hit back defeating Vincent Loh comfortably in three straight games. Scorpions third player Shaun Isam had a rare victory in the division seeing off Neil Hawley in three also. Then one of the crucial matches of the evening when Loh took Waistnidge all the way to the fifth but could not seal it. So two all at this point. Another one each and the doubles to Masons giving them a slender 4-3 lead. Loh then tried to level the score again but Hawley was having none of it and he sealed Masons’ first point of the season. Could they make it a win? Isam versus Waistnidge. Waistnidge won in four games and got that second point and Masons’ first victory of the 2014-15 season ending it 6-4 on the night. It is unlikely to make any difference to the relegation situation but at least Masons can hold their head up a little higher now.


In Division Three Scorpions F met up with Phoenix E and ended up sharing the spoils. Rob Vickers started the match off with an easy win over teenager Emily Walker. Then the two Erics clashed swords with Twigg just scraping through against Hall to give Phoenix a 2 – 0 lead. Jessie Truman then had a good win against Ken Shemwell, going to the fifth game but she won that easily to give one aback for Scorpions. Walker tied it up with an impressive win over Twigg. By the doubles the match was all square at three all so the doubles was crucial. Twigg and Vickers against Walker and Truman. Experience showed as the former overcame the latter in four games. Jessie Truman then had a second excellent win of the evening beating Twigg in four games. Twigg a very experienced player could not cope with the speed of the youngster. Walker beat Shemwell to give Scorpions the first point and it was left to Hall and Vickers to battle it out for the second point. Vickers proved too strong and so levelled the match and the teams shared the points. That leaves Scorpions in third place in the division but the gap is probably too wide for them to overtake their G team in second.

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