Lester and Steve Bertie led leaders Hamstead A to an emphatic 8-2 defeat of Streetly A in the Premier Division. The brothers, who have both been leading players in the city for four decades still have the pace and power required. Streetly’s Bemi Okunribido took both players to a deciding game in a fine effort before losing to both. Ed Lynn was the man in form for Colebridge Aces with a maximum against Beaufort Sports A in a 6-4 success. Sam Henderson of Aces had the best win of his career against powerful attacking star Jon Ludlow. Scott Prime, Michael Browne and Pat Glynn kept up the Smiths Wood A challenge with a 10-0 blitzing of Sutton Coldfield A. Martin George gained his first ever Prem hat-trick for Colebridge Braves in n 7-3 home victory over Smiths Wood B. Amit Ubhi offered excellent support to George but was beaten in an epic battle by Paul Hancox. The Smiths player fought back from 2-1 down to win in five.
Purdip Shoker continued his almost unplayable form for Sutton Coldfield B in Division One leading his side to a 6-4 win with yet another maximum. The Shoker victims this week were John Harrison, Simon Gleeson and Rob Watts. Streetly C triumphed 7-3 over Bournville C despite a superb maximum from Tim Freeman for the visitors. The West Midlands Police trio of Dave Ameghino, Sylvanus Ward and Dean Opbroek crushed Colebridge Eagles 9-1. Smithereens had an easy 9-1 victory over strugglers Colebridge Dinosaurs with Jeff Parkes rattling up another treble.
Jim Ferguson had a max for Bournville D in a 7-3 success over Colebridge Falcons in Division Two. Ferguson just edged out the all-round skills of Frank Cotter 11-9 in the fifth in a thriller. Mickey Walsh continued his excellent form for Colebridge Hawks in a 7-3 home win over Walmley A. Individual leader Mark Hadley of Colebridge Giants smashed his way through the defences of Barry Clarke, Tony Arends and Darren Williams in a 5-5 draw at Ivy Leaf A. Former Birmingham and Warwickshire star Roger Morris registered a maximum for Smiths Wood C over Sutton Coldfield E at the age of 81. Several players over the age of 80 are playing in the league this season to prompt chairman Steve Smith to change the boast of the competition to cater for players from the ages of 8-80 to 8-90.
Alan Thompson gained another maximum for Beaufort Sports C in a 7-3 away win at Bournville B in Division Three. The Grandfather of the league Ken Lancaster of Sutton Coldfield F was unbeaten for them at Colebridge Knaves. The 83 year old showed his defensive skills in an excellent display. Quinborne had an emphatic 8-2 victory over Walmley C courtesy of Ming Sung and Warren Stanyor trebles. The duo also combined to doubles success. Graham Fleet was a maximum man for Streetly D against Smiths Wood D in an 8-2 victory. Nick Matthews grabbed a maximum to ensure Walmley B drew 5-5 with Bournville F.
Ivy Leaf B edged Beaufort Sports D 6-4 in Division Four although Bryan Wong was unbeaten for Sports. Ian Nash had a treble for West Midlands Fire in a 5-5 draw at Bournville H. Mick Williams of Sutton Coldfield G is another in-form player and he had a maximum over Streetly E in a narrow 6-4 triumph. Northfield Conservatives were grateful to a Liam Driver hat-trick in a 6-4 victory over Bournville G.