Tigers consolidated their lead at the top of the Division 1 table with the 21 – 14 defeat of second placed Hanson Pumas. Three players went into this match with 100% records, but only Malcolm Cummins (Tigers) remained undefeated at the end. Malcolm beat Richard Fettes (Pumas) 11-5, 11-4, 6-11, 11-7, then Richard beat Andy Snellgrove (Tigers) 11-8, 3-11, 4-11, 8-11. For Tigers, Malcolm won three, Andy two and substitute Eddie Schmark failed to win any, but did take Ray Carver close before losing 11-7, 11-7, 7-11, 9-11-9-11. Pumas fought hard with Richard winning two, Ray and Shaun Carver both taking one each.
Figheldean lost to Hanson ‘A’ 15 – 24, with poor Lionel Coles winning all his three sets, but still ended up on the losing side. Hanson ‘A’ played very well with Dan Geary, Peter Henderson and Josh White all getting two each. Dan was playing very well and only just lost to Lionel 8-11, 12-14, 11-9, 11-9, 11-8. This was an excellent result for Hanson ‘A’ and keeps them in third place, only thirteen points behind Pumas.
In Division 2 Enham had a resounding 28 – 7 win over Test Valley ‘A’, to keep them at the top of the table. Enham won thanks to three each from Pete Farmer and Roy Horner. Lewis Reed (TS ‘A’) had a splendid 11-9, 6-11, 10-12, 9-11 win over Patrick Baker, but Patrick did manage a hard fought 11-4, 1-11, 7-11, 11-4, 11-8 win over Cameron Langdown.
The annual Christmas Tournament consisting of a two player team handicap competition was completed last Friday. The teams consist of Division 1 players drawn with Division 2/non-league players, who each play a singles match on a handicapped basis. Due to the good handicapping quite a number of games went to the deciding doubles, as did all the semi-finals matches.
In the deciding doubles of the first semi-final, Paul Raymond & Simon Przeklasa defeated Paul’s two sons Dominic & Ollie 21-17, 21-14. The deciding doubles in the second semi-final saw Phil Cook & Mac McIver overcome Peter Henderson & Val Fox 21-18, 13-21, 21-17. The final commenced with a good 21-15, 21-18 win for Paul over Phil who had to give away 8 points per game. Then young Simon fought hard in his match against the more experienced Mac, who, whilst giving away 1 point per game, went on to win 21-20, 17-21, 18-21. So the final rested on the result of the doubles which Paul & Simon eventually won 21-18, 18-21, 21-17.
The plate competition final also went to a deciding doubles, with Andy Barnes & Adam Lockington just edging out Richard Biles & Ken Gates 4-21, 21-20, 21-15.