As the elements did their worst overhead on a stormy night, 2 unbeaten teams and 4 unbeaten players met in the Great Horkesley C v Pegasus A fixture. 2 players and 1 team emerged with their records intact as the Marks Tey based team overcame their opponents in an attritional encounter. First to give up his 100 % was Steve Noble going down in 4 to Ken Lewis but the tables were turned as Ken lost out to Glen Laing and then Ian Whiteside in 2 compelling matches that stretched the powers of concentration and stamina of players and umpire alike. Richard Kemp had by now pipped Noble by 11/9 in the fifth but he too could not break through Glen Laing’s defences as Laing joined Whiteside in completing the evening with a still unblemished record. Laing and Whiteside’s doubles victory sealed an 8-2 win for the away team.
Rowhedge E remain top of the table but now by only by a point. In another cracking match on Thursday night they beat Dedham A 6-4 with Martin Edwards unbeaten but John Owen losing for the first time this year. Peter Simmonds and Mike Tracey picked up 2 wins apiece, with some great rallies in several matches especially between Mike Tracey and Martin Edwards.
On Friday night Rowhedge’s D team, also featuring Martin Edwards, succumbed to the' New' look Tollgate C with Neil Freeman taking another maximum. Matt Horrock’s 3 inspired Uni A to a second consecutive win away to Lawford A and in the latest episode of The Waltons the points were shared as the relentless John Rice continued his winning run but Pauls Newbould and Woolnough showed their skills with 2 each. Walton A go third in the table- the top 2 meet next week.