|Shooting Stars||Basement Dwellers A||10 - 34|
|Gnomads||White Horses||28 - 15|
|Tonys Troopers||Barn Boys A||22 - 9|
|House Martyns||Mad Batters||22 - 28|
|Drifters||Roys Boys||19 - 18|
Division 1 saw Shooting Stars start their match in winning form before visitors, Basement Dwellers, hit their top form. ‘Dwellers’ were also aided in no small measure by a net that was merciless to the home team. Martin Shoots led the way for ‘Stars’ with 3 points and 2 points each were added by Robin Arkell and Geoff Williams, who was returning after injury. 3 points from the doubles gave the home team a total of 10 points. Dwellers’ Mike Vickery (player of the match) and Vince Court both scored maximums with Paul Rees adding 7 singles points. A full 9 points in the doubles enabled Dwellers to fluke the win with 34 points.
Gnomads galloped away with the match when they hosted White Horse. Maximums were scored by both Martin Rant (player of the match) and George Harrow, who was making his debut for the team in this season. Eddie Ferris added a further 4 singles points. A fine 6 points in the doubles enabled Gnomads to be first past the post with 28 points ahead of newly promoted White Horse. The visitors seemed spurred on to play their best match of the season so far. Both Ian Rew and Colin White each scored 5 points plus a valuable point from Jamie Robertson. 4 more points from the doubles gave an impressive total of 15 points for White horse – more points than they have scored in this season to date, so well done.
Division 2 saw a reversal of fortune for Barn Boys this week when they were ambushed by Tony’s Troopers. Sifa Vea was awarded player of the match as he and Kerry Manicom both scored maximums. Chris Wickham added 4 singles points but it was a full 9 doubles points that sealed an emphatic victory with a total of 31 points. Barn Boys’ Resistance was offered by Steve Palmer with 4 points and Graham Lamacraft with 3 points. With a final total of 9 points for the match this leaves Barn Boys entrenched at the foot of division 2, but with games in hand....
There was a major battle between House Martyns and Mad Batters. Joe Burt scored another fine maximum to claim player of the match. Support was given by Jack Lancaster with 6 and Ellie Baker with 5 points. Curtis Beynon-Pearce was the doubles specialist and contributed a further 2 doubles points. Grand total for House Martyns – 22 points. But it was Mad Batters who played most consistently. Jamie Short scored 7 points and Trevor and Matthew Short each scored 6 points. It was a full 9 points in the doubles that gave the final winning score of 28 points to Mad Batters
Closest match of the week goes to Drifters when they entertained Roy’s Boys. Overall it was a low scoring match with only one game going beyond 3 sets. For Drifters, David Smith led the charge with 6 points and was supported by Andrew Miles-Fuller with 4 and Liz Fletcher with 3 points. Trevor Stockdale was the doubles specialist for the event and helped add 6 doubles points. Drifters’ grand total for the evening was 19 points. Roy’s Boys fought hard and Barry Hooper scored the only maximum of the night to give him player of the match. Roy Hooper scored 6 points, with Peggy Hooper making her debut for the visitors whilst standing in for the injured Bob Preston. 3 doubles points meant Roy’s Boys were pipped at the post with a total of just 18 points.
Geoff Williams - Press Officer