Surprise of the week was James Builders’ draw at Rolo. Rolo’s number one Martin Lowe earned his usual treble but Rolo’s junior players Sam Lowe and Moke Warburton could only manage a win each against inspired opposition. Tenacious defender Mike Fenby was involved in two five-end matches for the Builders: one a defeat to Warburton, the other a victory over sam Lowe. Simon James added two singles wins for the Bridlington-based outfit and Gary Connolly was able to take a straight games win over Warburton. The doubles combination of Julian and Simon James sealed the draw.
On the same night, title challengers Specsavers picked up a 7-3 win against Mavericks. Specsavers number one, Glenn Hodgson, was player of the match with a treble while number two Mark Marshall added a brace. Ross Dransfield was Mavericks’ best player on the night with defeats of Marshall and Piotr Ozon. Ozon was only able to pick up a single win against Jon Mancrief as Nigel Clapham took their contest in four. Hodgson and Marshall won an extraordinary doubles with a 9-11, 11-5, 17-15, 6-11, 11-9 marathon against Dransfield and Mancrief.
Hobnobs A’s unpromising start continued with a 9-1 loss as host of Hackness. James Hodgson and Peter Lee both helped themselves to trebles. Pat Swindell saved face for Hobnobs: the former Ryedale star got the better of Derek Elliott for a single Hobnobs point.
At Hackness Village Hall the spoils were shared between home side Hackness TTC and visiting Picadore A. Hackness’ Christopher Found was player of the match, although he had to work for it with five-end victories against Martin Zammit and Richard Lloyd. Tom Byrne added the other two points for Hackness including another five-end defeat for luckless Zammit. Each Picadore player defeated Hackness’ third player Harold Pimlett. Their other points came from Lloyd’s win over Byrne and a Lloyd/Zammit doubles defeat of Byrne/Found.
Picadore’s B team also registered a 5-5 draw, at home to promoted Rogues and Joshers. Picadore’s Stephen Atkinson continued his good form with a treble. Rogue’s Jack and Simon Boddy both beat Picadore’s Tony Ingham and Karl Cousins and then teamed up to beat the same two players in the doubles. Dom Grunwell was unable to score for Rogues.
Hobnobs B completed the weeks Division Two fixtures with a 7-3 win against Eastfield Warriors. Hobnobs' junior player Jack Louth continued his unbeaten start to the season with an impressive treble. Lester Smith added two for Hobnobs and Guy Whiting equalled that for Eastfield. Hobnob’s Nigel Escreet will consider himself unlucky to win only a single encounter after falling to close five-end defeats to Whiting and Karine Piham.
League newcomer Richard Seastron, representing Eastfield Fusion, made short work of his Ping Long opponents, hitting a treble without breaking into a sweat as Fusion ran out 8-2 winners. Ping Long’s top performer was Mia Longman, winning two epic five-end contests against Callum Seastron and Jaik Herrington. Callum Seastron and Herrington both hit braces however, and combined effectively to take the doubles.
Phoenix ran out 7-3 winners against junior outfit Newbats. Steven Davies was player of the match with a treble for Phoenix. Teammate Denton Guest chipped in with a brace. Newbat Marcus Moore made an immediate impact on his debut with eye-catching wins over Guest and Richard Mirfin.
The Eraser-Blades made it two out of two with a 9-1 win over Eastfield Tigers, and are likely candidates to challenge for the title. Both Brian Goodliffe and Tony Craven hit trebles, and Daniel Escreet a brace in a match that saw the Tigers pick up their first win of the season with Suzanne Zegstroo’s hard fought five game defeat of Escreet.
The Bat-Alions edged to a 7-3 win against Whitby Resolution in a match that could have gone either way with six of the ten contests decided in the final game. Kath Edwards was player of the match with three wins, two of which were decided in the final end. Naomi Edwards came agonisingly close to repeating the feat but fell 13-11 in the fifth to Graeme Williams. Whitby’s three players all won a match each with Mike Stones and Kevin Barleycorn defeating Bat-Alions’ Anthony Rudge, both in five games.