Andover Advertiser Report 21-12-15

Figheldean kept up the pressure at the top of Division 1 with a 30 – 2 defeat of Hanson Panthers. Brian Cook, Phil Cook and Lionel Coles all won three sets and Figheldean took the doubles as well in this one sided match.

Hanson ‘A’ were unlucky to come up against a strengthened Hanson Cougars team and despite the 5-5 draw in sets, went down 18 – 20 in games. Andy Barnes made all the difference to Cougars as he won all his three sets, Chris Stockdale won one and they teamed up to take the doubles. Peter Henderson (Hanson ‘A’) and Steve Rollason won two sets each and Dan Geary managed to win one when he overcame Gerry Vaughan 12-10, 9-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9.

A top of the table clash in Division 2 saw Hanson Lions stumble to 17 – 22 against Hanson Pigeons. This was an excellent result for Pigeons thanks to three sets each from Nathan Shears and Simon Przeklasa. One set each for Darren Walkom (Lions), Ross Walkom and Mike Bonarius, together with the doubles was unfortunately not enough. Adam Shears who has been playing well had a bad night, but was unlucky to lose to Ross Walkom 9-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-5, 12-10.

Meanwhile 3D’s are sneaking up into a very challenging third position after the 30 – 6 win over Hanson Kestrals. Three each for Steve Harris, Nicky Downs and Marie Dyke, together with the doubles made this look like an easy match. However this was not the case as Mark Pettengell just lost to Nicky 11-5, 3-11, 6-11, 15-13, 11-4 and again to Marie 11-7, 14-16, 8-11, 11-4, 11-8. Jordan Pettengell who was playing his first match of the season played well but just lost out to Marie 11-8, 6-11, 7-11, 11-4, 11-2.   

The annual Christmas Tournament consisting of a two player team handicap competition was well organised by Brian Fox to complete in the allotted time. The teams consisted 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 one of the semi-finals matches.

The final commenced with a surprise 21-18, 21-20 win for Richard Fettes (who had to give his opponent a 16 point start) over Nathan Shears. Richards partner Ross Walkom was only giving away 6 points per game against a non league player Yannick Rachel, so was firm favourite to win. Yannick had other ideas and fought extremely hard but eventually lost 21-16, 11-21, 21-20. Congratulations go to Richard and Ross.

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