On a cold and frosty Stowupland night both teams were in search of points to help boost their table position.
The first 3 matches were over pretty quickly with a 3-0 scoreline;
Marcus Hammond of Leopards beating Tigers Mark Hyde, this was followed by Tigers Andrew Oakley defeating Mel Redit and David Aldous for the Tigers winning against Lewis Hammond.
Leopards 1 Tigers 2.
Match 4 however, was much closer. Mel took on Mark and won the first game before Mark won the next two, things then swung the other way with Mel coming out a 3-2 winner in the end.
Another close match followed, Marcus just edging it against David by 3-1, and then Andrew took the next match 3-0 against Lewis, leaving the evening's scoreline level at 3 all.
The final round of singles got under way with Mel playing David for probably the umpteenth time in history, but on this occasion David was the 3-0 winner.
Then followed 2 marathon matches each going to 5. In the first one, Lewis edged out Mark by the skin of his teeth, the scores in the two final games being 12-14 then 14-12. The last singles of the night was an epic encounter between Marcus and Andrew, Marcus won the first game, Andrew the next two, then it was Marcus who took the fourth, before Andrew came out on top in the final game.
Leopards 4 Tigers 5
So it was still all to play for in the doubles with father and son Marcus and Lewis for Leopards taking on Tigers Andrew and David. It was the Leopards that took the first game but Tigers came back to take the next 3 making the final score on the night Leopards 4 Tigers 6. Another hard fought local derby played in a good spirit and the players were definitely warmer on returning to their respective dens.