Division 1

Hockley A further strengthened their lead at the top with a 7-2 win over Hadleigh Forum B. Matt Nariel returning to the side to record a maximum, ably supported with two each from Dave Colwill and Matt Stringer. Tony Jacks and Anthon Ranjit-Singh won the first two matches for Hadleigh only for the wheels to fall off for the rest of the games.

Customs A continue to push Hockley all the way, but were made to work hard for their 5-4 win over Hockley B. An inspired return for Liam Squirrell saw him remain unbeaten and take only the second game from Roy Thomas for the season (11-9 in the fifth set). However, Roy and Dave Morgan with two each and the fifth provided by Brian Rackham was enough to see them home.

Hullbridge C stumbled with a 5-4 loss to Invicta A. Neil Daines and Steve Marr scored two each for the Invicta side and Bill Smith scored two for Hullbridge in a match where no-one was unbeaten.

Rawreth E were another team who fell short after  making ground over the previous weeks. They lost 5-4 to a strong Warehouse B team who had 3 from Andrew Paton to thank mainly for their win. Trevor Ward and Mike Worship with two each were not enough to secure the win for Rawreth, with Colin Clements losing all three on the night.

Lentern E put in a strong performance to overcome Hadleigh Forum C by 6-3. Wayne Farmer played particularly well to win all three supported with two from Mark Jupe. Russell Bright scored two for the Forum team.

Canvey A had a convincing 7-2 win over Runnymede with Ray Wilson and Terry Giddens both unbeaten, Terry scoring well in a good game over Tony Millward after being 2-1 down in sets to win in 5.

The final match saw a Lentern derby with the D side taking on the side, with honours going to the D side in a convincing 7-2 win. Both Sue Body and Peter Lucraft were unbeaten in a match where no-one else scored more than one win and made all the difference, sue doing particularly well to come back from 2-0 down to Les Tayler to take the match 3-2.

Barrie Delf



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