Sutton Coldfield A started their summer campaign with a 7-3 home defeat to Beaufort Sports A. The vastly improved Robert Rowson starred for the visitors with an assured treble and penholder Trevor Davies won 2 sets to assure Sutton picked up a point. Colebbridge Aces included reigning County Champion Amann Ubhi for their second match at home to Streetly A and he duly produced a hat trick to lead the Aces to a 7-3 win. Streetly picked up one singles match each to earn a point. Smiths Wood A and Smithereens A played out an enthralling draw at Smiths Wood’s new HQ. Alan Caffery won all three including a 9 in the 5th victory over highly ranked veteran Paul Myatt. Myatt was unbeaten for the rest of the evening to help Smithereens clinch 2 points.
Colebridge Braves won their first match of the season in Division 2 by a 10-0 score line at Maypole A with Lee Holtham looking a class act. Streetly B earned maximum points at home to Sutton Coldfield B. Colin Oakes was unplayable for Streetly while Roy Astle picked up a notable victory over the highly ranked combination bat player John Waters. Streetly will surely contend for honours in Division 2. Bournville continued their unbeaten start to the season by beating a strong Smithereens B team 8-2. A good team performance included a treble by Parijat De who took the not inconsiderable scalp of the skilful Stephen Smith in five games.
In Division 3 Hamstead were at it again winning 9-1 at Smiths Wood B who included the evergreen Derek Broadbent. Justus Dixon and Gurpal Virdi maintained their unbeaten starts to the season. James Watts picked up one win for the home team. Quinborne achieved their first win of the season overcoming Sutton Coldfield C at home 10-0. Many of the sets were closely contested and the away team were unlucky not to pick up at least a consolation win in the match. Ron Kite led Beaufort B to a 6-4 home win over Maypole B displaying a cool head in the last set of the evening and opening up with a 5 game win over talented youngster Sam Henderson of Maypole. Sam and the experienced Brian King won 2 apiece to earn a point for the away team. Beaufort stay unbeaten.