In Division Three Rotherham Scorpions K were at their Dearne Valley venue hosting Phoenix F. Alex Selway got the home team off to a flying start whitewashing Bob Vickers. Dave Piper added another with a really close deuce in the fifth win over Alan Redfern. But then Eric Twigg stopped the flow beating Daniel Schofield in four games and Vickers defeated Piper similarly to get the score to 2 a piece. To and fro it went all night until the match arrived at 4-4. Penultimate set between Schofield and Vickers and the latter proved too strong for the teenager who lost in three quick easy games. Last on Selway and Redfern and this time the teenager was the victor as Selway completed an excellent hat-trick to give his team a draw.
Also in Three Clifton D and Scorpions H thrashed out a draw. Francis Lovell starred as he won three for Clifton. Richard Proctor gave able support with two wins. For the opposition Phil Richardson, and Jack Robinson managed to get on the scoreboard but Aaran Radford did better with two wins.
Richard Element, Mick Bell and Mick Jarvis of Phoenix A maintained pressure at the top of the League as they squeezed past a determined Clifton A comprising Mark Seddon, Matt Bacon and John Christian. Element ran up another win as he beat Bacon in four games. Seddon played well and overcame Bell followed by a long five game thriller between Jarvis and Christian with the former just pinching it. Another five gamer as Bell lost to Bacon. So it went on to-ing and fro-ing all night up to 4-3 to Phoenix. Bell against Christian and yet another one goes to the last game with Bell ringing out a victory to give a point to Phoenix. Jarvis versus Bacon could decide the second point and it went all the way to the fifth once more with Bacon taking it 11-7 in that deciding game. 5-4 Phoenix. Element versus Seddon last on to decide the match and Element took no time brushing Seddon aside in the only set of the night only taking three games. Win to Phoenix.
Scorpions A and Clifton B both won comfortably at the top of Divisions One and Two respectively. The star of these two matches was Edmund Lau who took all three of his against Clifton as his team lost 7-3.
Clifton C set up stall at their home venue to face Phoenix D this week. Trevor Bland got the home team off to a poor start as he went down to Rob Vaughan but Clifton hit back with five wins on the bounce as they sealed the first point. Doubles went against them but that was it as Bland won two, Richard Horsfield and Geoff Sanderson both had maximums. Vaughan was the only visitor to get on the scoreboard as Dave Engledow and Keith Swift each lost all three of theirs.
After some trouble securing a venue for this year’s Rotherham Closed Tournament, the date has finally been fixed as Sunday, 24th April at Thrybergh Sports Centre.