Stratford Herald Week Beginning March 16th

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Shottery A took a big step toward the Division 1 title by inflicting an 8-2 defeat upon their closest rivals Stratford A. Gary Stewart and Tristan Gretton both recorded trebles before combining to add the doubles. Stephen Foster claimed their eighth success, although he was unable to get the better of Alex Boyd or Debbie Barrow who thereby earned Stratford's two points.


Third placed Snitterfield enjoyed a comprehensive victory over Stratford B with Alan Cotton and Steve Cull producing perfect performances. John Price added a brace, but narrowly lost out to Steve Proctor who ensured his team avoided the whitewash. 


Mike Evetts made his first appearance of the season for Colebridge Pasties when they entertained their stablemates Colebridge Bulldogs and he marked the occasion with two wins. The hosts gained a narrow 6-4 victory, although the result could have been different had their opponents been able to take advantage of any one of the three contests to go down to the wire. Evetts himself was involved in two of those overcoming early disadvantages to take the honours against both Andy Rowland and Chris Welsh. Bob Brown added two successes, while Mahroof Hussain gained victory in the decider against the unlucky Rowland before securing the doubles with Evetts. However none of the Pasties' team could defeat Dean Hicks who continued his good form with a treble, while Chris Welsh earned their other score. 


Ashorne shared the spoils with their visitors JLM Kingfishers in a match where the final outcome went down to the wire. Len Coonan recorded three successes for the hosts, despite letting slip a two set lead against Henry Clarke before coming good in the decider. Andy Coonan added a brace although he was put to the test in a five set game against Jim Clarke. Stef Mytton enjoyed two wins for Kingfishers with both Clarkes also getting on the card. In the decisive concluding doubles Mytton and Henry Clarke put aside an early deficit to win another epic contest and ensure the match finished in a draw.  


In Division 2 a treble from Dave Hatcher provided the backbone to Henley's 6-4 victory over Stratford C. However he was made to work hard by Ollie Rowlands before overcoming him in the decider. Peter Quince notched a brace for Henley with Geoff Shephard producing their crucial sixth score. Stratford captain Rob Bartkowski maintained his fine form with two wins, while newcomer Archie Mathers registered a win before the pair secured the concluding doubles.


Veterans enjoyed an 8-2 victory over Stratford D after perfect performances from Neil Mudie and David Higgins with Peter Rodwell earning a further point. Newcomer Alan Mathers registered his first win for Stratford by overcoming Rodwell in the decider, and he came close to adding to his tally after losing out in the same manner to both Mudie and Higgins. In yet another five set encounter Ian Nash took the honours against Rodwell who can consider himself unlucky after earning three points more than his victorious opponent over the course of their contest. 


Shottery B were only able to field two players when they entertained Blazing Paddles but got off to a perfect start as Gareth Hepworth and Tony Remes clinched the doubles. Hepworth went on to earn two individual successes, including victory in the only game to go the full distance against Chris Dickens. However Hepworth's stubborn defence was broken down by Paddles' captain Nello Mauri who finished on a brace, with Dickens and Wilf Chan also getting on the card as their team ran out 7-3 winners.
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