Week 9 Report
The top three teams were all in action as a surprise defeat for leaders The Eraser Blades left the division in the balance. An inspired performance by The Bat-Alions inflicted the first defeat of the season on the Blades, with Anthony Rudge working hard for the three victories that brought him the player of the match accolade. Naomi Edwards added two further wins and, along with Rudge, won the doubles that sealed a 6-4 win. Tony Craven with two wins was the best performer for the Blades who were ultimately undone by losing two many five-end encounters.
Eastfield Fusion got back to winning ways with a 7-3 defeat of NewBats. Richard Seastron continued his good form with three straightforward wins against young opponents. Callum Seastron and Jaik Herrington supported with two wins each yet neither could beat NewBats’ impressive number one Marcus Moore. The evening ended with an epic doubles with Herrington and the junior Seastron prevailing 13-11 in the decider against Moore and Louis Fell.
Eastfield Tigers have started to look sturdier opposition since including Mirek Baryza in their ranks. The league newcomer picked up a treble as the Tigers avoided defeat for the first time this season in a five-five draw with Phoenix. The Tigers’ Suzanne Zegstroo and Emilie Silcock picked up a win each; the first of the season for SIlcock. Steven Davies and Denton Guest won two matches each for Phoenix and teamed up to take the doubles.
Hackness TTC hammered Picadore B 9-1 to underline their title credentials. Noel Seery and Trevor Teasdale both bagged trebles with the only Picadore resistance coming from Steve Atkinson who managed to beat Tom Byrne and narrowly lost to Trevor Teasdale.
Title rivals Hobnobs B recorded an 8-2 win over a Picadore A side that were only able to field two players. Nigel Escreet won both of his singles matches with Jack Louth and Lester Smith picking up a win each. Picadore put up a decent fight with Richard Lloyd winning two singles and the paring of Lloyd and Vic Hollingsworth falling to a final-end defeat against a Hobnobs pairing of Smith and Escreet.
The week’s Division One fixtures saw all of the matches go to form. Rolo maintained their relentless pace at the top of the table with an 8-2 win over Mavericks. Team captain Martin Lowe kept up his 100% record for the season, and junior players Sam Lowe and Moke Warburton added two wins each. Mavericks’ number one Ross Dransfield was responsible for his team’s two points, defeating both Sam Lowe and Warburton.
Specsavers’ Glenn Hodgson was player of the match in their 7-3 defeat of Hackness, although he needed the deciding game to beat Derek Elliott. Mark Marshall took two further matches for Specsavers, and Piotr Ozon one. Hackness’ line-up of Eliott, Peter Lee and Pete Kirk won a point each.
James Builders were a man down in their fixture against Scalby Old Boys but nevertheless took all of the points available in a 7-3 win. Gary Connolly and Simon James had little difficulty against the team second from bottom in the table.
Whitby Endeavour got little joy from rotating their line-up and were convincingly beaten 10-0 by Hobnobs A. It looked as though Whitby were going to get points on the board in the final doubles rubber when Graham Cripps and Vic WIlson raced into a 2-0 lead only to see Pat Swindell and Dave Oxley reel them in for the 3-2 win that confirmed the whitewash. Mike Wheatley was the third Hobnob on the night to hit a treble.