End of Week 5 - Hermits Surrender to Warriors as Greetland Pick Up Pace

Hermits suffered their first defeat of the season as they went down to third placed Warriors 6-3.

Dave Wood, Keith Skarz and Ian Tweedale were the trio to successfully end Hermits' astonishing start to the season, winning two games apiece. Warriors raced into a 4-0 lead as Skarz won twice whilst Wood and Tweedale secured one each, with Wood superbly beating the previously unbeaten Geoff Barnes 3-0. Two wins from Paul McKrieth, who became the first person to defeat Dave Wood this season, brought the score back to 4-3, however Tweedale and Wood beat Barnes and Mick Kosmowsky respectively to secure the result.

It allowed Greetland Social 'A' to cut their arrears at the top of the league to four points as they dispatched of Grasshoppers 7-2. James Foster made a spectacular return to the league with three consecutive straight game victories, and was ably supported by Matthew Shaw, who also won three whilst the returning Ross McFadyen picked up one victory, although he was defeated by Jake Clarke and Adrian Walker.

Panthers moved up to fifth with a 7-2 win over Tradesmen. Ben Fillingham was the star of the show as he won all three, becoming the first person this season to defeat Stuart Sykes, defeating him 3-0. Sykes had shocked Halifax Champion Martin Bowers to put Tradesmen in the lead, and whilst Sykes defeated Alan Veal, Tradesmen couldn't provide any further resistance as Panthers secured victory.

Division 2

Hotshots' dominance of Division 2 continued as they defeated two man Team G 7-2. Lewis Palmer and Ollie Hill won three games apiece, whilst new signing Steve Marshall was defeated by James Dawber and Robert Gee on his return to the sport.

Central 2 remain 11 points behind the leaders after defeating Tribal 1 7-2. The returning Paul Dean secured three extraordinary victories whilst he was backed up by Eric Greenwood and Steve Thomas, who won two games each.

Dave Lewis' good start to the season continued as he won all three sets as Evergreens moved to third. They disposed of Dolphins 7-2, with Ken Scott and Matt Pinnell winning one apiece as consolation for Dolphins.

Rams kick started their season with an impressive 7-2 victory over Ovenden Sports. Dave Melbourne won all three games as Rams moved up to eighth, although they have games in hand over those above them.

Michael Hepworth's treble wasn't enough for Central 3 as they went down 6-3 to Keighley Nomads. Derek Briggs, Eric Hudson and Clive Sherratt all defeated Brian Chapman and Stephen Caufield as they moved up to sixth.

Division 3

Leopards' perfect record remains intact as they defeated Old Town Hounds 9-0. The team of Ronnie McNamara, Jake Challenger and Richard Musgrove have yet to drop a single set in their opening three matches, a warning sign for the rest of the division.

They remain in second, six points behind Ramsbridge, albeit with two games in hand. Ramsbridge defeated Sowerby 1 6-3. Three victories from Joe Broadbent set the platform for Ramsbridge against two man Sowerby, although Dennis Hartley defeated Allen Cowburn and Shane Roberts to offer some resistance.

There was more joy for Sowerby's second team, who beat Tribal 2 7-2. Tribal, who had just two players, succumbed to Phillip Parry, who defeated both Derek Greenwood and Matthew Leedham, and John Korner. Tribal's duo both dispatched of Andrew Whiteley

Jokers maintained pace in third as they defeated Old Town Robins 7-2. Stan Bamforth's solid start to the season continued as he won all three matches, with Joan Bottomley and Graham McWhirter winning two apiece.

Rainbow sit in fourth after defeating Netamatix 5-4. Two wins apiece for Nicholas Miller and Derek Greenwood were cancelled out by braces from John Wasilewski and Martyn Halliday. However, Niall Paterson crucially defeated Tom Sunderland to secure victory for Rainbow.


Emerald gained ground at the top of the Ladies Division with a 5-4 win over league leaders Ruby. Sophie Yung was the star once again as she registered a hat-trick of victories. And whilst Karen Levin and Ellen Adams both defeated Hazel Green and Christine Beaumont, it wasn't enough to salvage victory.

It means just four points separate the top four teams in the Division, with Ruby top and Emerald third.

In second place is Sapphire, who beat Aquamarine 5-4. Joan Bottomley's wonderful treble looked set to earn Aquamarine an unlikely victory, however Abbie Parker and Amy Fillingham won two each and Helen Smith won one to chip away at Ruby's lead at the top.

Finally, Amethyst picked up their first win of the season after they defeated Diamond 5-4. The ever reliable Chrissy Sykes won all three sets for Amethyst, albeit two wins each from Faye Curran and Joyce Walker had given Diamond hope. However, a win each for Jackie Wood and Angela Gooder secured a big win for Amethyst.

Player of the Week: Ben Fillingham - for defeating the previously unbeaten Stuart Sykes on his way to three victories.

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