Division Three saw a rare complete whitewash when Eric Twigg, Alan Redfern and Bob Vickers from Phoenix F played Warwick Plummer, John Burton and Brian Jackson from Stag School of Motoring B. The home team won all ten sets by three games to nil with only one deuce game. A thorough rout! That keeps Phoenix in third spot with a slim shout at winning the division and a good challenge for promotion. Whereas Stag languish next to bottom.
Scorpions L played Scorpions J this week in Division Three, Billy Wales, Sam Wagstaff and Josh Wilkes home to Dave Grayson, Emily Walker and Eric Hall. Grayson won his first match in the deciding fifth game against Wales, but both the other two youngsters won theirs to get a 2-1 lead. The J team struck back four times toget the first point and claim a 5 -2 lead with three to play. First off Wagstaff versus Hall. The latter would be expected to take this one with his defensive style and experience but Wagstaff won a tremendous 5 game victory to get the L team back to within two. Next on Wilkes against Grayson., another five game nail biter and Grayson cold just not hold out as Wiles won 11-9 in the fifth. Now his team were only one behind. Could they pinch a point having been 5-2 down? Wales versus Walker. Yet another five games as it went to the decider and Wales won it 13-11 to complete a fabulous fight back and leave the match result at 5-5. A good point for the L team who are currently bottom of the League.
Meanwhile in Division Two Scorpions F continued their challenge at the top of the division. Aaran Radford, Barry Tasker and Gary Cooper were ‘away’ to Scorpions E who had Andy Saxton, Jess Truman and Jack Robinson. Radford beat Robinson in a close opening encounter after which Saxton beat Cooper in similar fashion. Then an easy win for Tasker over Truman and Cooper battled his way past Robinson in five games to open up a 3-1 lead. Truman hit back with an excellent win over Radford but wins for Tasker, Cooper and in the doubles sealed the match for the F team with Saxton winning the last set of the evening in a close tussle with Cooper. Final score 7-3 to Scorpions F who remain second with the E team third.
Also in this division, Clifton C hosted Clifton B at Clifton! The B team showed why they are the higher labelled team by thrashing their colleagues 9 -1 and maintaining their stranglehold on the top spot. Gary Sides, Terry Curran and Jim Pugh saw off Richard Horsfield, Pete Horsfield and Trevor Bland with only Pugh offering any resistance beating Pugh in a tight match.
In the top flight L.S.M. A were at home to Phoenix B. Joe Addy commenced battle for the visitors against Mick Brooks who swept him aside in three quick games. Mick Foster then beat Cliff Glaves to make it 2 -0. Luke Tattersall making a rare appearance made it 3 with an easy win over Mick Large. The night continued to go L.S.M.’s way as they coasted to a 7-3 victory with Mick Foster the star for the home team winning all three of his whilst Cliff Glaves was the only winner on the defeated team with a brace. L.S.M. remain second in the League still with a mathematical chance of taking the title.
Meanwhile representatives from Rotherham took part in the inter-regional qualifier for cadets, Aaran Radford from Rotherham Scorpions Juniors T.T.C. could not get past strong opposition in his group losing to favourite Jake Cutts and throwing away an advantage against Aman Khan having been 8-2 up losing 11-8. He did go on to win the consolation event but was not happy with the consolation! Lucie Smith, also from Scorpions, had a better day finishing third in her group and qualifying for the next stage in Kettering. Lewis Ellams, Scorpions too, was 4th seed on the day and ended up fulfilling his ranking, unfortunately only three qualify. On the bright side he is only 11 still in this under 13 event so maybe next year.