|Basement Dwellers||Mad Batters||21 - 16|
|White Horse||Shooting Stars||22 - 27|
|House Martyn||Wiveliscombe||15 - 29|
|Gnomads||Basement Dwellers||15 - 29|
|Drifters||Space Invaders||22 - 24|
Division 1– Firstly a late match from last week when Basement Dwellers took on newly promoted Mad Batters. This match will probably be recorded as the quickest of the season. Basement Dwellers were represented by only Paul Rees together with substitute Toby Kerslake, who was awarded player of the match. From the games that were able to be played Basement Dwellers won them all and ended the match with 21 points. In view of the points dropped it will make Dwellers’ chase for the division 1 title this year far more difficult. Mad Batters’ Matthew Short scored the only point for the team during the match, however, under the forfeit rule Mad Batters were awarded a final score of 16 points.
White Horse entertained Shooting stars in a match where no player got into their stride. White Horse’s new signing, David Bryant, led the way for the home team and scored the only maximum of the evening to be player of the match. 4 singles points were added by both Ian Rew and Colin White, who played an excellent defensive game which thwarted the attacking play of Shooting Stars. Jamie Robertson was the White Horse doubles specialist. Jamie’s astounding angle play helped his team to gain 5 doubles points and a final score of 22 points. The attack from Shooting Stars was led by captain Martin Shoots with a fine 8 points and Robin Arkell managed to grind out 7 singles points. Geoff Williams’ return to the team from injury was hampered after being bitten by a herd of mosquitoes, meaning his game was not up to scratch. This resulted in 5 singles points for him. 7 Doubles points edged the match in favour of Shooting Stars with a final tally of 27 points.
Newly promoted House Martyns took on the current champions, Wiveliscombe. Scott Milton had two fine singles wins to score 6 points for the home team. Joe Burt added 3 singles points and with 6 doubles points the final score for House Martyns was a creditable 15 points. For Wiveliscombe it was again John Edbrooke who led the way with the only maximum of the match to be the player of the match. Paul Nutkins just missed his first maximum with a fine 8 points. 13-year-old Ben Cooper added 6 more points as he continues to stand in for the veteran David Woodland. With the doubles points equally shared at 6 apiece Wiveliscombe’s final score was 29 points.
Gnomads played their first match of the season when they entertained Basement Dwellers. Martin Rant fought hard and only just missed out on a maximum score with 8 points. 3 singles points were added by Nigel Foster plus 1 from Eddie Ferris. With only 3 doubles points Gnomads started their campaign with 15 points. The attack from Basement Dwellers was led by captain and bat twiddler, Vince Court who scored the only maximum of the evening for the player of the match award. Mike Vickery scored 7 and Paul Rees a further 6 singles points. With 7 doubles points Basement Dwellers ended with 29 points in their attempt to contest the division 1 title.
Division 2– There is again only one division 2 match to report this week when Drifters entertained Space Invaders for what was a close encounter as it turned out to be the closest match of the week. Drifters played steadily throughout the singles with Andrew Miles the stand-out home player with 7 points. Liz Fletcher scored a consistent 6 points and Trevor Stockdale added a further 4. With 5 doubles points Drifters achieved a creditable score of 22 points. It was Matt Lawrence who launched the attack of Space Invaders with a fine maximum and the player of the match award. Jim Stiles scored a valuable 5 points. Alan Blackmore was playing his first match of the season and added a further 3 points. Space Invaders edged the doubles with 7 points to bring their final tally to a winning 24 points.
Geoff Williams - Press Officer