In Division 1 Figheldean went down 11 – 23 to Hanson Cougars for whom Andy Barnes and Steve Harris both won their three sets and then combined to win the doubles.
In a match that saw lots of four and five game sets, Hanson Dolphins unfortunately lost to Hanson Jaguars 11 – 28. Trevor Whitelock and Brian Fox won three sets each for Jaguars with Graham Audin managing two. Mike Cartridge was the only winner for Dolphins, but Rob Macey was very unlucky losing two four game sets and one five game set when he lost to Brian 7-11, 11-9, 13-11, 9-11, 10-12. The doubles went to Jaguars when Mike & Rob lost to Trevor & Graham 11-8, 11-6, 5-11, 11-13, 14-16.
Tigers have clawed their way to join Pumas at the top of the table after a good 23 – 12 win over Hanson ‘A’ thanks to three each from Andy Snellgrove and Tony Brown. Dan Geary (Hanson ‘A’), Peter Henderson and Steve Rollason all beat Jerry Holt and Steve was unlucky to lose 4-11, 11-3, 7-11, 11-6, 11-9 to Tony.
A long outstanding match in Division 2 was between league leaders Hanson Panthers and Hanson Hawks which resulted in a 30 – 3 result. Andy Farmer (Panthers), Dave Broomfield and James Taylor all won their three as well as the doubles. Dave just held off Adam Lockington (Hawks) to win in five games 9-11, 10-12, 12-10, 11-5, 11-4.
The Andover Closed Tournament commenced on Friday with Cadets, Juniors and Ladies matches. In the Cadets final the No.1 seed Nathan Shears put his league experience to good use, easily defeating newcomer Charlie Huddleston 11-4, 11-6, 11-4. In the Juniors final No.1 seed Dom Raymond (last years runner-up) beat an out of form Adam Lockington 11-2, 11-9, 11-8. The Mixed Doubles produced a hard fought final, culminating with Richard Fettes & Sue Purton just beating Steve Harris & Nicky Downs 11-4, 8-11, 11-5, 12-10.
In the main event last years Open Doubles winners Andy Barnes & Shaun Carver retained their title when they defeated Richard Fettes & Ray Carver 14-12, 11-4, 11-7.
Through to the finals are – Ladies Singles; Marie Dyke v either Sue Purton or Nicky Downs, Ladies Doubles; Marie Dyke & Nicky Downs v Jill Cook & Sarah Medland, Handicap Doubles; Andy Farmer & Dave Broomfield v Trevor Whitelock & Peter Henderson, Div 2 Singles; Andy Farmer v Karl Jones, then it gets boring as the Open Singles, Veteran Singles and Handicap Singles will be between Andy Barnes and Richard Fettes.
All spectators are welcome at our Finals Night, held at John Hanson School on Friday 13th March commencing at 7.15pm.