2017-18 Week 17 Report

Week 17 of the Spalding and District League saw ten matches played but was so busy some were left unfinished.

In Division 1 Moulton SE faced Bladerunners, and though they started the final game had to call a halt before it could be completed.

Two games went to the fifth end, one taking a mammoth fifty minutes, and another was four ends.

As things stand Moulton are leading 3 – 1, with Andrew Appleby winning two and brother Stephen one, the pair only losing the doubles.

Currently they are tied with Jokers at the top, the latter picking up a point from their solitary game against Outsiders.

South Holland are two points back but have completed more matches.

Facing JDM last week John Gilbert won both his singles for Holland, but Phil Chandler and John Chesworth won their other games.

The doubles decided the match in Holland’s favour 3-2.

Bladerunners are some way behind in fourth, clear of Underdogs who were only able to finish a postponed match with Moulton 2-3 before postponing their scheduled fixture.

A hard-fought match between Nets n Edges and Mine’s a Pint ended in a 4 – 1 win for the ‘home’ team, but was much closer than the score suggests.

The first game was see-saw, opening with a 2-11 game before closing out in four to Reece Kerry with two deuces.

Three of the other games were similar with the next singles going from two ends up to trailing in the fifth, before turning that around.

Only one of the scheduled Division 2 matches was played with contenders 200up defeating MatDuf’s juniors 5 – 0, moving them closer to the leaders.

However, that score line does not reflect the way in which the youngsters are improving with the experience.

Leaders Pottermus Clarets took the opportunity of a ‘bye’ evening to catch up on matches Castle Sports facing across two unfinished matches.

They led the first, delayed from November, 4-0 and rounded that off with another win.

The other from the previous week they extended from 1-0 to 4-0.

They then faced Hurricane Brothers with the score 1-1 brought forward, losing two singles and a doubles.

Hurricanes both up to twenty points, trailing by 7 and 5, but with games in hand.

Earlier MatDuf met Aches and Pains in their Marylands round 2 match.

Despite having the handicap advantage, they were unable to get through, going down by 1-3.

Having said that two of the defeats went to the final points so it was a close-run thing.

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