IBIS MAKE MOVE FOR TITLE
Third placed Ibis are rapidly climbing the Division 1 table in the Kendal and District League and although they trail leaders Natland A by 20 points, last season’s runners up hold a massive four games in hand.
Ibis got the week off to a stuttering start, as they were held 5-5 by mid-table Glaxo B. The Ulverston based side flew out of the starting blocks, as Tony Whitehouse and Gareth Brunton’s victories against James McGrath helped their side craft an early 3-1 lead. Ibis held onto the match by their fingertips, thanks to Steve Dixon’s three victories, however Glaxo’s Brunton, Whitehouse and Keith Mallinson’s wins against Trevor Nicholson, edged Glaxo into a shock 5-3 advantage with two matches still to play. The Kendal side salvaged a 5-5 draw at the close of this hard-fought encounter, when McGrath eased beyond Mallinson 11-8, 11-2, 11-6 in addition to Dixon and McGrath’s 11-7 triumph in a last gasp fifth set doubles clash.
Defending champions Glaxo A lie in fifth place, holding five games in hand over their leading rivals. This week Glaxo earned their ninth win from ten games, when they dispatched Natland B 8-2. Glaxo’s Keith Dymond and Tom Smith eased to three wins, while Natland’s dogged determination paid dividends when Luke Biggins and Roger Pimblett netted 11-8, 11-2, 16-14 and 5-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-2 successes against Paul Ackred. Glaxo find themselves 32 points behind the leaders with five games in hand, while Natland B are placed fourth.
Crook B have moved 22 points clear from the relegation zone, courtesy of a crucial 7-3 success against fellow strugglers Natland C. Bob Bagot was impressive for Crook with a hat-trick of wins, while his team mate Brian Tigg contributed two points to the tally with successes against Howard Pimblett and Louisa Bevan. Natland’s three points came from Mick Taylor’s victories against Tigg and John Wood, adding to Bevan’s earlier four set defeat also against Wood. The result leaves Natland C in all sorts of danger, lying second from bottom in the table, 22 points from safety.
Burton A moved into second position after a 8-2 success against Dallam A. Burton’s Chris Knowles and Julie Stitch remained unbeaten, while Craig James and Jonathan Hyman’s triumphs against Martin Wakelin ensured the Milnthorpe side did not go away empty handed.
Bottom side Burton C are awaiting their first victory of the season, as they sank to an 8-2 derby defeat against club rivals Burton B. The C team began the encounter brightly, as they scrapped to a hard-fought 2-2 scoreline, courtesy of Graeme Wheelhouse and Tony March’s victories against Daniel Herd. This however, was as good as it got for the C team, as Burton B’s Stephen Baxendale and Ian Brotherton ran riot in the second period, winning three matches apiece to confirm the success.