WALTON B EARN BRAGGING RIGHTS
Walton B earned the Walton bragging rights in Division One of the Clacton and District League with a hard-fought 7-3 victory over Walton C, with the 'B' team winning four of the five matches that went the distance.
Gavin Price's three for the winners included an 11-5 in the fifth victory over Paul Meikle and an 11-8 in the fifth success against Derek Willis. Team-mate Colin Dearman also remained unbeaten and also enjoyed two tight wins - 11-5 in the decider against Mark Gale and an even closer 11-9 in the decider against the unfortunate Meikle.
Meikle, Willis and Gale each picked up a point for the losers, Gale's win being a narrow 11-9 in the fifth win against John Rankin.
Three for Mark Smith, two for Gary Cattermole and one for Sue Welham were sufficient to give Windsor Eagles a 6-4 victory against Brotherhood C. Smith's treble included a 12-14, 11-9, 11-8, 5-11, 12-10 success against Oli Reynolds. Reynolds took two for the losers and, in the process, denied Cattermole a hat-trick, winning 11-6 in the decider. Alan Burgess took a point for Brotherhood by beating Welham 11-9 in the fifth.
Nomads Lions moved out of the relegation places following their 8-2 win over bottom-side Brotherhood D. Adam Cuthbert took a maximum for the Lions, with Brian Parish and Adam Wilkin each picking up a couple. But the Brotherhood side will feel unfortunate to have lost all three matches that went the distance, Lee Harvey losing 11-7 in the fifth to Wilkin, Shaun Beckham losing by the same score to Cuthbert whilst the two players went down 11-4 in the decider in the doubles to Wilkin and Cuthbert.
Windsor Owls maintained their position at the top of the Division Two table with a 7-3 win over Brotherhood I. There were trebles for Mark Salter and Woo Dy although Dy had to fight hard before overcoming the challenge of Tom Wilkin 11-6, 11-8, 13-15, 9-11, 11-5. Wilkin also had a tough match against Tricia Salter before winning 7-11, 14-12, 13-11, 10-12, 11-9 whilst the unlucky Salter had a second defeat in a close five-setter, going down 12-10 in the decider to Jonathan Found.
Second-placed Nomads Tigers kept up the hot pursuit with a 7-3 victory against third-placed side Lawford. John Marshall starred with crucial victories over Richard Spence, 6-11, 9-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-9, and Paul Hewitt, 5-11, 11-9, 11-4, 9-11, 14-12. Daryl Lott and Roger Hance took two each for the Tigers, as did Spence for Lawford, his couple including a tight 11-9, 11-7, 10-12, 10-12, 11-9 win against Lott.
Lawford bounced back in their second match of the week with a 10-0 win against lowly Nomads Jaguars, Spence, Hewitt and Ian Sherwood all staying unbeaten. The only match which went the distance was Hewitt's 9-11, 11-7, 11-13, 11-6, 11-7 victory against Andrew North.
The result keeps the Lawford men in the title race with only five points covering the top three teams.
Promoted Windsor Buzzards have settled well into their new Division Two surroundings and this week recorded a 7-3 victory over Brotherhood E. Pete Bloomfield took three, Ray Chillingworth two and Dan Malinowski one. Tony Edmonds won two for Brotherhood.
Brotherhood F were comfortable 9-1 victors against Windsor Magpies. Barry Allen and Sandie Isaac registered trebles with only John Plummer's 18-16, 10-12, 4-11, 11-6, 11-8 win over Lee Allen preventing the whitewash.
No-one stayed undefeated as Brotherhood H registered their fourth draw of the season, this time against Windsor Harriers. Grant Sharpe and Graham Parkes won two each for Brotherhood, with Isabel Barton and Ferdy Rodriguez taking two apiece for the Harriers. The closest match of the evening saw Barton edge past John Wrigley 8-11, 10-12, 11-6, 11-6, 13-11.
However, the most bizarre match of the season so far took place as Nomads Bobcats - fielding three reserves - took on Brotherhood H - who, in their second match of the week, fielded a reserve and omitted their top two players, Sharpe and Parkes. The encounter ended in an equally-bizarre 8-2 win for the stand-in Bobcats - their first victory of the season and Brotherhood's first defeat. Doug Green and Mike Wellum won three each, and Jason Lloyd two. James Smith-Daye took a point for Brotherhood and, with Wrigley, took a comfortable doubles in three-straight against Wellum and Lloyd, a win which maintained Brotherhood's unblemished doubles record.
Although the result moves the Bobcats out of the relegation places, only four points cover the bottom four teams - the Bobcats, Brotherhood E, the Jaguars and the Magpies.
There was an equally unexpected result in Division Three where a Wellum-less Nomads Ocelots crashed 10-0 to Nomads Leopards. Tony Rayner, Jason Lloyd and Ethan Lloyd all stayed unbeaten with only Ethan Lloyd's 7-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-9, 11-8 win against Tom Collins going the distance.
This surprise result relegated the Ocelots from third to fifth place - and allowed Nomads Pumas and Walton D to open up a significant ten-point gap at the top of the table.
Nomads Pumas were 9-1 winners against Windsor Ospreys. Eric Lemke and Lionel Goddard took trebles for the winners, with John Bowers winning twice. Debra Found enjoyed an 11-5 in the decider win over Bowers and took Goddard all the way before going down 11-6 in the fifth. There were no points for Windsor's youngsters Millie Easton and Maci Harvey although both earned lavish praise from their opponents as 'two players to watch' for the future.
Second-placed Walton D, 8-2 victors against Windsor Kites, are beginning to look like genuine promotion contenders. Rivhu Khan maintained his hundred per cent record whilst Lynette Sparks and Ton Hayhow-Khan contributed a couple each, the pair also sharing an 11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-7 doubles win against Chris Simson and Jack Haylett. Simson's two points for the Kites included a 14-16, 11-5, 11-8, 6-11, 11-4 win over Hayhow-Khan.
Windsor Penguins are the new third-placed side following their 8-2 success against Brotherhood G, Alan Charman staying unbeaten. There were two each for Harry Barlow and Jackie Bunce whilst Charman and Barlow took the doubles 8-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-7, 12-10 in the closest match of the evening against Graham Healey and Paul Metcalf. Healey won the two Brotherhood points, his 11-4, 6-11, 11-13, 11-6, 11-7 win against Barlow denying the Windsor veteran his hat-trick
Finally, Nomads Wildcats beat Windsor Swallows 9-1 with only two matches extended to a fourth set. Andrew Cawley and Brian Friday took hat-tricks and Jordan Webb won two. Kayley Lamb won the Swallows' consolation point.
* The draw has been made for Rounds One and Two of the Handicap Knock-Out Cup.
In the main Round Two, there's a mouth-watering all-Division One double-bill, with Windsor Eagles facing Nomads Panthers and, on the same night and at the same venue, Windsor Condors entertaining Walton C. Brotherhood B begin their defence of the Cup with and away tie against Division Two Windsor Magpies.
The full draw is : Round 1 : (A) Brotherhood G v Nomads Leopards; (B) Windsor Kites v Nomads Lynx; (C) Windsor Swallows v Nomads Cougars.
Round 2 : Nomads Tigers v Windsor Ospreys; Nomads Jaguars v Windsor Owls; Walton B v Brotherhood F; Windsor Buzzards v Nomads Ocelots; Windsor Kestrels v Brotherhood H; Windsor Harriers v Winner (B); Brotherhood C v Lawford; Windsor Magpies v Brotherhood B; Nomads Wildcats v Walton D; Windsor Condors v Walton C; Nomads Lions v Windsor Hawks; Winner (A) v Winner (C); Windsor Eagles v Nomads Panthers; Brotherhood I v Nomads Pumas; Nomads Bobcats v Windsor Penguins; Brotherhood D v Brotherhood E;
Round One matches are scheduled to take place during w/c 14th December with the Round Two ties being played during w/c 4th January.
Windsor Eagles 6 Brotherhood C 4;
Walton B 7 Walton C 3;
Brotherhood D 2 Nomads Lions 8.
Nomads Jaguars 0 Lawford 10;
Windsor Magpies 1 Brotherhood F 9;
Nomads Bobcats 8 Brotherhood H 2;
Windsor Owls 7 Brotherhood I 3;
Lawford 3 Nomads Tigers 7;
Brotherhood H 5 Winsor Harriers 5;
Brotherhood E 3 Windsor Buzzards 7.
Walton D 8 Windsor Kites 2;
Nomads Pumas 9 Windsor Ospreys 1;
Nomads Leopards 10 Nomads Ocelots 0;
Windsor Swallows 1 Nomads Wildcats 9;
Windsor Penguins 8 Brotherhood G 2.