Nomads Panthers may already have been crowned champions of Division One of the Clacton and District League but there are still four issues still to be decided in the final week of the season.
In Division One second-placed Windsor Hawks gave champions Nomads Panthers a run for their money, just losing out 6-4 in an encounter where the two sides shared success in the six matches which went the distance. Sam Hume of the Panthers was unbeaten and Gill Locke took two, although it was a tight 11-4, 10-12, 16-14, 6-11, 14-12 for Hume against Andy Vincent. Felipe Rodriguez won a couple for the Hawks whilst Vincent had an 11-7 in the decider success against Colin Webber and John Barton had an impressive 11-9 in the fifth victory against the same player.
James Denyer and Gill Locke recorded trebles in the Panthers' second match of the week, a more straightforward 8-2 win over Walton C. Paul Meikle and Derek Willis picked up a point apiece for the losers. The result means the Walton team cannot now finish in second place and so the runners-up spot will be decided in Windsor Eagles' final match of the season against Nomads Lions, the Eagles needing eight points to pip the Hawks.
The only other match in Division One saw the Lions beat Walton B 8-2. Paul Hume was unbeaten, with Adam Wilkin and Matthew Horrocks each contributing two. Gavin Price won both the Walton points.
In Division Two Paul Phelan replaced Paul Hewitt in the Lawford line-up but it made little difference, Lawford moving into the second promotion place with a straightforward 10-0 win over Windsor Magpies. Ian Sherwood and Richard Spence also took trebles for the winners. Lawford, with one match to play, are now nine points ahead of Nomads Tigers who have two matches to play - although one of these is a tough tie against champions-elect Windsor Owls.
The result also means the Magpies are definitely relegated but there's still a question mark as to whether it will be Nomads Jaguars or Brotherhood E who will join them.
The week started badly for the Jaguars, beaten 10-0 by Brotherhood F, Barry Allen, Lee Alien and Sandie Isaac all unbeaten. The only match that went the distance was Lee Allen's 11-7 in the decider victory over Kevin Hume. The result sees Brotherhood F finish in a commendable fourth position.
But the Jaguars fought back in determined fashion in their second match to record an important 6-4 victory over Windsor Buzzards, a success that may yet secure their survival. But it was a close-run affair, with the Jaguars winning four of the five matches which went the distance. Andrew North's excellent hat-trick included an 11-6 in the fifth win against Ray Chillingworth and an 11-8 in the fifth victory against Dan Malinowski whilst Caroline North took two, including a 12-10 in the decider success over the unfortunate Malinowski. Kevin Hume only narrowly lost 11-9 in the fifth to Chillingworth but contributed a vital 11-7 in the decider win over Alan Rutledge.
This victory puts the Jaguars two points ahead of Brotherhood E with both sides having one match to play in the final week of the season. The Jaguars will face mid-table Brotherhood I whilst Brotherhood E have a tougher-looking encounter against promotion-chasing Tigers.
In Division Three long-time leaders Nomads Pumas' final match was an 8-2 win over Brotherhood G, Eric Lemke taking his maximum. Brotherhood's Paul Metcalf denied John Bowers and Lionel Goddard their own trebles, beating Bowers 11-4, 10-12, 12-10, 7-11, 11-9 and Goddard 9-11, 12-10, 12-14, 11-7, 14-12, two narrow wins which could prove crucial in the title race.
The Pumas finish the season on 160 points, eight points ahead of Walton D who have one match to play. This week Walton also had an 8-2 win, this over Nomads Wildcats, Rivhu Khan and John Long undefeated. It means that, as the Walton team have lost fewer matches than the Pumas, they need just eight points from their remaining match against Nomads Cougars to take the title.
Elsewhere in the Division, the mid-table battle of the fifth and sixth position teams saw Nomads Ocelots end a most satisfactory season with a 7-3 victory over Windsor Penguins, Mike Wellum and Scott Campbell unbeaten.
* Team Secretaries are reminded that all matches need to be played, and score-cards received by the Press and Records, by Friday 22nd April.
* The Windsor Club's Quiz Evening is on Saturday 23rd April at St James' Hall, Clacton-on-Sea, 7.30 pm for 8.00 pm. The cost is £5.00 per person for teams of up to six people. For more details contact Jenny Higgins on 01255 432397 or 07790 240566, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The 2016 Knock-Out Cup Final between Windsor Eagles and Nomads Lions takes place on Tuesday 26th April at the Brotherhood Hall. Play starts at 7.30 pm and all players are encouraged to attend to support the two teams.
Nomads Panthers 8 Walton C 2;
Walton B 2 Nomads Lions 8;
Windsor Hawks 4 Nomads Panthers 6.
Nomads Jaguars 0 Brotherhood F 10;
Windsor Magpies 0 Lawford 10;
Nomads Jaguars 6 Windsor Buzzards 0.
Nomads Pumas 8 Brotherhood G 2;
Windsor Penguins 3 Nomads Ocelots 7;
Walton D 8 Nomads Wildcats 2.