Courier, 1st February, 2013
Rugby A cemented their place at the top of Division 1 despite the inclusion of reserve Anshul Satsangi. They beat Free Church A 8-2 with young Satsangi chipping in with a useful point to add to trebles from Matthew Outhwaite and Jesse Kendrick-Hill. Free Church’s own reserve, Timmy Cooper, posted his first top flight win with Luke Hobbins also a scorer. Second placed Colebridge A beat Wellesbourne 7-3 with Kate Hughes and Edward Lynn wrapping up the winning sets. Pete Dunnett, John Price and Gary Stewart all won once for the villagers. Tristan Gretton’s return has boosted St Georges A and his hat-trick was the deciding factor in their 6-4 success over Free Church A. Damon Fenton won 2 and Matt Jordan 1 with Church bouncing back through Chris Mulligan and Luke Hobbins who won 2 and 1 respectively and took the doubles.
Enigmas are on course for the Division 2 crown and whitewashed St. Georges E when Gary Jackson, Steve Proctor and Dong Wei took all the points. They also clobbered Rugby C 8-2, Jackson 3, Malcolm Macfarlane 2, Wei 2 plus the doubles. St Georges E did much better when drawing against Whitnash A. Richard Grover’s treble and singles from Andy Caine and Rob Warnes took them to the brink of victory but Paul Riman’s double, singles from Richard Smith and Dennis Woodhead and a Riman/Woodhead doubles win meant a stalemate. Free Church D thumped Nomads A 9-1 with trebles from Timmy Cooper and Roald Myers and a double from Scott Delday allying to a doubles success from Cooper and Delday. Nomads A bounced back to tie their match with Eathorpe A. Ian Beasley notched 2 for the hosts, partnered Tony Thomas to the doubles with Thomas and Andy Davies recording single wins. Pet e Titmas’s fine threesome and a brace from young George Allison ensured the draw.
Free Church G’s Sam Wiggins posted a magnificent hat-trick against Division 3 favourites Snitterfield A. Julie Richardson also had a good win but the leaders racked up 6 points through Tim Fell (2), Dave Milton (2) and Rob Poole (1), Milton/Poole the doubles. The leaders also found one too good in Whitnash B’s Len Coonan and ceded 3 points before Stuart Ayres, Fell and Poole took the other 7. Snitterfield were far less obliging to high flying Flavels, eclipsing them 10-0, Ayres, Fell and Poole the invincibles. Another star performance from Coonan saw Whitnash B draw with Nomads B, his treble being aided by singles from Wilf Chan and Jayne Fitton. Steve Poole and Ian Stevens posted twos for Nomads and combined for the doubles. Free Church E crushed Rugby D 8-2 with a maximum from Chris Blowey and two wins from Mandy Thomas and Kim Wong, Blowey/Thomas the doubles. Dave Cox grabbed two in reply. FC E then edged Nomads C 6-4, Blowey 3, John Taylor 2, Wong 1 with Christian McMorran starring for Nomads with 2. Tony Ford (3), Derek Harwood (3) and Mark Freeman (1) in the guise of WCC C beat Nomads C 7-3 and then drew with Free Church G, Doug Lowe (2), Harwood (1), Cliff Jackson (1). Sam Weaving (2), Sam Wiggins (2) and the doubles prevented an outright win. Free Church H showed no mercy to club mates FC F with Andrew McIlvaney, Harry Purewal and Kit Turner taking all 10 points.
Free Church L are looking to take yet another Division A title and walloped FISCC 5-0 through Keith Knott and Tony Williams. They dropped 1 point when visiting Eathorpe C with Knott unbeaten again but Williams falling to Richard Freeman. They also edged Snitterfield C 3-2 for whom Henry Lu notched both his singles. Snitterfield went one better next time, defeating Eathorpe D 3-2, Henry Lu’s unbeaten run continuing and finding doubles joy with Peter Vale-Humphries. John and Jon Ablett replied. Free Church N have made a useful start in Division B, Jay Virdi taking his two and the doubles with Tom Fletcher to see his team home 3-2 when entertaining Eathorpe E for whom William Apted and James Keay responded. Free Church M look to be the strongest Church side and edged FC P 3-2 with Ben King taking 2 and the doubles with Charlie Snelson. Daniel Shaw and Lewis Singleton took 1 each. M then whitewashed FC R with Charlie Snelson and Matt Scott wrapping up the singles and King joining Snelson for the doubles. Ashorne B also beat FC R but by a 3-2 scoreline. Steve Handsley was impressive taking both singles plus the doubles with Tony Philpott. Sam Bradley and Jill Weaving scored R’s points.
St Georges F are firing well in Division C and stormed to a 4-1 success at Eathorpe H whose Shaun Martin avoided the whitewash. Kevin Rose (2) and Alex Wright (1) plus a doubles win make Georges early promotion contenders. They also defeated Eathorpe F 4-1, this time John Gymer chalking the consolation point. Wright(2), Rose (1) and the doubles replied. Free Church O posted their first win, 3-2 over Eathorpe F. Jeremy Knott took his two singles and James Wilson helped out with 1 but John Gymer’s single allied to the doubles with Norbu Sunang-Joret made for a close finish.
In Division D Eathorpe G overwhelmed Free Church V 4-1 with 11 year old Jamie Sayer the star taking singles and doubles. Alex Birri had a fine win and Matt Hayes prevented the full house.