End Of Week 14 - Red Press Keep Up Title Chase

Red Press picked up their best win yet as they thrashed Warriors 8-1. Superb trebles from Sean Ellis and Janet Adams were backed up with two from Steve Hanson intensified their pursuit of Greetland, who beat BT 9-0, their 30th consecutive victory.

Whilst that victory extends Greetland's lead to ten points, Red Press have a game in hand, and with Greetland coming up against third placed Hermits and Red Press in the next two weeks,Press could well make up ground.

Meanwhile, YMEN registered their sixth win in seven games as they defeated Grasshoppers 6-3. Two wins apiece for Fraser Krischke, Shamir Bose, and Martin Connolly secured victory, whilst Bob Woodhead picked up two for YMEN.

Division 2

Team G picked up a big win in the relegation fight as they beat Evergreens 6-3. James Dawber's superb treble was the architect for his side, whilst debutant Jordan Barkas claimed one victory. Dave Lewis won two for Evergreens, who are now just two points ahead of Team G, who have a game in hand.

Central 2 overcame their third team in a 6-3 victory. Shaun Forbes, Paul Dean and Eric Greenwood all won two, but they came unstuck against Matt Pinnell, who bagged an outstanding maximum for the third team.

Oakland Raiders survived an almighty scare before beating a resurgent Tribal 1. Tribal appeared to be in with a shout when Michael Bush claimed his second of three wins over Tony Hemingway to make the game 3-3. However, Matthew Horrocks and Hemingway beat Josh Hill and Carey Baggott respectively to secure victory for Oakland.

There was also a tight encounter as Keighley Nomads defeated Dolphins 5-4. An excellent treble from the in form Dave Blackburn, who has won 21 of his past 24 matches, had given Dolphins the chance of an unexpected win, but two wins apiece for Stefan Cyhanko and Dave Melbourne coupled with one from Eric Hudson gave Keighley victory.

League leaders Hotshots remain unbeaten after a 7-2 win over Ovenden Sports, Lewis Palmer's outstanding season continued as he won another three matches, as did teammate Jonny Heslop. Debutant Cameron Sandhu claimed one set for Hotshots.

Division 3

A quiet week in Division 3 saw Rainbow 1 defeat Old Town Hounds 7-2. Alireza Khalili recorded another treble whilst Sha Khaghei and new signing James Kershaw won two apiece, both losing to Don Coneron.


Chrissy Sykes won the battle of the two powerhouses in the Division as she beat Sophie Yung to help Amethyst to a 5-4 win over Emerald. Reigning Halifax champion Sykes condemned Yung to just her second defeat of the season,  and went on to claim another two victories before Jackie Wood and Angela Gooder chipped in with one each to secure victory.

Aquamarine almost pulled off one of the greatest comebacks on record before eventually losing to league leaders Ruby 5-4. Ruby raced into a 4-0 lead, with Karen Levin winning twice. However, a miraculous comeback saw Aquamarine level the match, largely thanks to Joan Bottomley's superb double, defeating Levin and Rose Tipton in five ends. With the game poised at 4-4, it was down to Ruby's Tipton and Aquamarine's Holly Illis to determine the match, and it was Titpon who won it, winning 3-0.

Sapphire won their fourth consecutive match with a 6-3 victory over Diamond. Amy Fillingham was the star as she claimed three victories for Sapphire, with Abbie Parker adding two further victories whilst Christine Beaumont chipped in with one. Faye Curran won two for Diamond.

Player of the week - Matt Pinnell - his team were defeated, but he picked up three superb victories for Central 3.

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