Shottery A 10 – 0 Shottery B

Henley B 0 -10 Shottery A

FISSC 5 - 5 Royal Mail

Shottery A demonstrated the gap in class between themselves and the rest of the pack by inflicting the whitewash upon last season’s runners-up their own second string. With Graham Poole unavailable the champions gave a rare appearance to former Stratford Town player John Price who responded with an unbeaten performance without the loss of a game. Gary Stewart also won comfortably, and although Stephen Foster was more severely tested he too managed a treble with something to spare.

Poole made a welcome return to the team for their next fixture at Henley B. Having previously overcome their nearest rivals in such a comprehensive manner it was perhaps no surprise that, once again, Shottery A gained a maximum score. However, Henley captain Robert McCluskey was unfortunate not to gain some consolation after clawing back a two-game disadvantage against Foster only to lose the decider.

It was much closer when FISSC entertained Royal Mail. Malcolm Heritage took a two game lead over Peter Florence before the Farmer turned  the tide to win over the distance. The unlucky Heritage subsequently went to the wire with John Hunt only to lose the decider 11-13. Hunt was also involved in the third set to go to a fifth game where he overturned an early disadvantage to claim victory against Dave Fordham.

With Nello Mauri putting in an unbeaten performance, and Fordham securing a brace, the final outcome of the fixture hinged upon the doubles. Florence and Hunt paired up for the first time and it proved a winning combination that ensured honours on the night were even.

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