Hang Em High cling on to the top spot with games and matches level but just two sets more than Assassins
This week they had to bring in their Crawley reserves to defeat Dynamos 8-2.
It was trebles for Andrew Sharland and Graham Barnes with two from Stephen Hoad. Andrew Sharland combined with Stephen Hoad but were defeated in the doubles by Dynamos Richard Caddy and Dennis Hayden. Dynamos Richard Cosens and Richard Caddy played well in defeat with Dennis Hayden going to five with Andrew Sharland and defeating Stephen Hoad in straight sets.
Close rivals Assassins defeated Bullets 9-1 to keep up the challenge for league title. Assassins Keigo Burnham and back in form Ben Worley both won three with third player Charley Hough winning two. Keigo and Ben defeated David Champneys and John Burnham in the doubles. For Bullets David Champneys defeated Charley Hough to give his team the only win.
Ping Panthers overcame Game Changers 8-2 with three apiece for Marc Burman and John Strang with Lynne Trussell winning two. A rare defeat in the doubles saw Lynne and Marc losing in the doubles to Jim Skinner and Costas Kyriacou 11-9 in the fifth set. The lone singles win for Game Changers came from Jim Skinner over Lynne Trussell.
Leading the averages in the premier are Keigo Burnham, Marc Burman and Andrew Sharland.
Runaway leaders St Andrews claimed a 7-3 win over Paddlers. Once again it was trebles for Terry Dean and Stuart Vincent plus the doubles win for this pair over Paddlers Samantha Stoner and Phil Harvey. For Paddlers one singles win each for Samantha Stoner, Phil Harvey and Lyle Cyster.
With both teams now on 29 points it was a real battle between Dark Horses and X Men for spot number two, with Dark Horses coming out 7-3 winners. Dark Horses called up Harry Collins from the Crawley area who proved a match winner with the only treble while Steven Ive won two and Ben Freeman one plus Harry Collins and Ben Freeman won the doubles. For X Men it was two wins for Peter Caddy and one win for Oliver Caddy.
With only two players in each team between Lindfield Thunderbolts and Bashers the final score was 5-4 to Bashers.
For Bashers, two wins for John Bridger and one win for Tim Grant. For Thunderbolts it was a win for David Metcalfe who with Vincent L’Estrange defeated John Bridger and Tim Grant in the doubles. With the walkovers for each team this made the odd score of five games to four.
Topping the averages in this division are Stuart Vincent, Terry Dean and Oliver Caddy.
As with division one there is a clear leader, Magiks who have 54 points.
This week Magiks defeated Smashing Pumpkins 10-0 with trebles all round for Mel Sims, Kevin Deacon and Tony Turk. Smashing Pumpkins Peter Vincent, Simon Howard and Oliver Howard never gave up and Magiks had to work hard for their win.
In spot number two, Burning Rubber are staking a claim for promotion to division one following a 10-0 win over nearest rivals Pingwins. For Burning Rubbers it was two wins and a walkover for Steve Lee, Blake Davies and Gavin Pitts with Blake and Gavin also winning the doubles.
Dangermen were also 10-0 winners over the girls of Swifts. For Dangermen it may have been trebles all round for Colin Cooper, Tony Pells and Ron Bailham but the comment from Tony Pells was the score card needs to be in the report as our match against Alanna Blain, Claudia Hough and Emily Dunsby was one of the toughest matches we have played.
Final match in division two saw a two man Cutting Edge team hold out for a five all draw with Blade Runners.
For Cutting Edge a treble for David Polhill plus one for Dan Polhill with David and Dan winning the doubles in the fifth set over Blade Runners. For Blade Runners one win each for Keith Johnson and Malcolm Norwood plus three walkovers.
On a hot point! for all players the hall was very warm as the heating could not be turned off.