End Of Week 19 - Ruby Hit Gold With Capture Of Ladies League

Greetland Social A returned to winning ways as they defeated YMEN 6-3. The trio of James Foster, Matthew and Alex Shaw, who played together in Greetland's defeat the week previous, recovered to secure an important win for the league leaders. Martin Connolly had give YMEN the lead with victory over Alex Shaw, however when James Foster scraped past Keith Skarz in five, Greetland raced to victory, with Matthew Shaw winning all three.

Meanwhile, Greetland Social B's incredible revival continued as they thrashed BT 8-1. Gilly Broadbent and Garry Jowett secured three wins each whilst they were ably supported by Barry Drain, who claimed two. Greetland have now registered 24 points from a possible 27, almost double their total for the entire season.

Central 1's good form continued as they defeated Hermits 6-3. Fraser Riley's superb season continued as he won all three matches, albeit in five, whilst the returning Barry Snowden made his presence felt with three wins of his own.

Red Press's pursuit of the league title took another step forward as they defeated Panthers 5-4. A brave Panthers effort, which saw Alan Veal and Ben Fillingham claim two wins apiece, looked to give them hope of victory. But Sean Ellis, as has often been the case, proved the difference, as he won all three, including a comeback victory over Ben Fillingham, to seal the match.

Tradesmen notched another impressive victory as they defeated Warriors 5-4. Stuart Sykes was the star again with another three victories, whilst Joshua Reynolds and Mark Knapton both beat Bob Sanderson to secure victory.

Division 2

Hotshots all but secured the Division 2 title as they squeezed past Central 2 5-4. The top two sides in the division could barely be separated. But Lewis Palmer cemented his incredible year with another three victories, whilst Steve Marshall chipped in with two. Central looked set for a post an unlikely victory when Paul Dean defeated Ollie Hill. It was a bad night for Hill as his losses for the season doubled in the space of a night with three defeats. However, a rapid response saw Hotshots take a 4-3 lead. Eric Greenwood then beat Hill, however Palmer suitably sealed the match with victory over Shaun Forbes.

Terry Allington put in one of his best performances of the season as he won all three matches in Ovenden's 5-4 win over Tribal. Allington was on form as his victories secured victory for his side, with Saj Mohammed claiming two wins.

Central 3 returned to winning ways with victory over Team G. Matt Pinnell flourished as he won all three matches as his remarkable second half of the season continued.

Oakland Raiders won their fifth consecutive match as the defeated Rams 5-4. David Whiteley picked up another three wins whilst Tony Hemmingway secured the other two. Meanwhile, Keighley Nomads picked up their first win in a month as they defeated Evergreens 6-3, A true team effort saw Clive Sherratt, Stefan Cyhanko and Eric Hudson win two each.

Division 3

Leopards are now points off the title after their 8-1 win over Netamatix. Trebles apiece from Richard Musgrove and Jake Challenger, plus two from Ronnie McNamara, leave their title challenge all but complete.

Ladies League star player Sophie Yung proved her worth in Division 3 with three victories in Jokers 8-1 victory over Rainbow 1, with Keith Hanson also adding three wins.

Hounds won the Old Town derby as they defeated Robins 7-2, whilst Sowerby 2 defeated Rainbow 2 6-3.


Ruby became the first league winners of the season following their 6-3 win over Diamonds. Whilst the title was already all but secure, they made sure of the title with the victory in which Joan Bottomley won three matches. Karen Levin was also successful in completing two victories.

A Chrissy Sykes treble wasn't enough for Amethyst as they went down 6-3 to Sapphire. Amy Fillingham, Abbie Parker and Helen Smith all secured two wins apiece.

Sophie Yung's three wins were also not enough for her side, Emerald, who went down 5-4 to Aquamarine. Whilst Faye Curran added a further victory, two wins apiece for Joan Bottomley and Karen Levin secured victory.

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