Goodier Guns Down Holbrook
Phase 2 of the Horsham Central League commenced this week with some interesting matches as the teams were split up into three new divisions to do battle.
Chris Goodier had a stormer for MMJ 6 in the bottom division to see off Holbrook 5-4 with his maximum being the core contribution. One each in addition from Harry Yip and Finn Dock was enough to see the youngsters over the line despite braces from Pat Jeremy and Jim Dixon. Jeremy's win over Yip, 11-8 in the fifth, was the closest encounter in the match.
In the other third tier match MMJ 5 got off to a winning start courtesy of Horsham E fielding a depleted team which saw them concede points before a ball was struck.
In Division 2 promoted sides Storrington and MMJ 4 got their first taste of the tougher challenges to expect when they met Horsham sides C and B respectively. Ollie Giles was Horsham C's dominant force with three wins, inflicting Keith Anderson's first defeat in the Central League with his big serving and hitting style. Rob Pistone and Graeme Selwyn added two each, falling to Anderson senior but leaving Storrington's youth ranks in no doubt that they are in a higher echelon.
Horsham B were no kinder on the kids of MMJ 4. Annie Brotherston fired through all opponents in straight sets. Tat on Man was detained in a five setter with Jacob Evan but still got to his maximum in the end. Evans managed to beat Tom Brook to gain his team's only consolation from the night.
In the top division East Grinstead opened their new phase campaign with a 9-0 mauling of Horsham D. The experienced Andy Hayes made his Central League debut for the EG team and although he was the only player to relinquish a set, to Eve Alexander, there was never any serious chance of their opponents preventing a clean sweep.
Horsham A, first phase winners, were similarly emphatic in their despatch of MMJ 2, although Tom Danahay's victory over Mark Weston meant EG went a point clear in the table. Left hander Danahay's game is really starting to motor and a scalp of this calibre will only add to the belief he needs to show if he is to realise the great potential he has got. David Smith also did well by taking Weston into a fifth set and nicking one off Ian Ford.