Thunderbirds were go for Dedham A this week as the two Traceys plus Mel Rampton pulled all the strings away to Lawford B. No team had recorded a 10-0 victory until now in Division 1 this season but the team that play their home matches on carpet clearly enjoyed the FAB ( Fast And Bouncy) conditions at their near neighbours’ venue. Dedham put up steadily increasing resistance as the last 5 matches all went to 4 or more but ultimately they were the team needing help from International Rescue.
On Thursday , leaders Pegasus A travelled to 2nd place Walton A for a match that lived up to its billing and more. Walton debutant (former Bedfordshire county player ) Derek Willis ‘s first encounter was against so far unbeaten Ian Whiteside. Willis took the first but Whiteside smoothly prevailed in the next three. John Rice then narrowly beat Steve Noble 11-9 in the fifth before Dave Binns disposed of Glen Laing in a rapid 3 setter. Rice then went 2 up against Whiteside but again the man from Rayne brought Pegasus level, taking 3 games in a row. Laing and Willis now took to the table and after 2 extremely long and hard fought games, with many rallies lasting well over 100 strokes, scores were level at 1-1. Expedite loomed! The new system clearly suited Willis the better and he took the match with some well -timed hits. Binns repeated his earlier performance this time against Noble and Walton had a 2 point lead after 6 singles. The league leaders then showed their resilience, firstly winning the doubles, then Laing beating Rice in another 5 set epic with the difference between losing and winning being the finest of edges- at match point for Rice! Whiteside’s maximum against Binns ensured Pegasus would not lose before Willis made things all square with a 3-0 over Noble.
Elsewhere, Martin Edwards’ 5th Player of the Match performance took Rowhedge E into a 5-0 lead at Horkesley before a Lewis and Kemp inspired comeback pegged Rowhedge back to a 6-4 victory.