DIVISION ONE WEEK SIX
KEAL MADRID took a day off from worrying about “La Ligue” for more pressing matters ,a home match against their fellow title contenders in Lincoln, Crusaders A. Finlay Keal was no match for one of the league’s top players Dan Rimmer but had a magnificent fight with Dan Otter only losing by 5-11, 12-10, 12-10, 6-11, 8-11. Finlay however took Nigel Crow comfortably in three games. Dan was in sparkling form this evening with a very hard fought victory over dad Nigel Keal by 12-10, 11-9, 5-11, 5-11, 11-9, one of his finest wins in the last few years. Ian sleight was the hero for the Madrid team with two excellent singles wins. However a max for Dan Rimmer, helped by two from Dan Otter and a comfortable win in the doubles took the A’s to a 6-4 victory and nearer to the summit they reached two years ago!
The B’s from Crusaders took on the newly formed Psycho-Delics, whose star was again Derek Wood with an incandescent performance in defeating Roy Harper and Duddy Dudman. The ever alert, thunderbolt that is Colin Walters , struck home against Mick Dudman too. The end results a 7-3 win for those “B’s”.
The Racers from Market Rasen took on all that the gods could throw at them, with a slightly weakened team, the “Olympians”. Top junior Nic Keast was edged out by Jack Blyth by 11-9, 11-8, 10-12, 7-11, 11-9 but managed to beat captain and top goddess Alkisti by 12-10, 9-11, 6-11, 11-4, 11-4. He and brother James won a fine five game doubles match v Alkisti and Andy Wignall. However the highly skilful Olympians were led home with three fine wins for Jack Blyth and Andy Wignall plus two from Alkisti for an 8-2 win to keep them top of the Division One table.
The Warriors from Market Rasen took on the top St Peter’s team, the A’s. Anthony Tindall was again top Warrior with excellent wins over Peter Banks and Stephen Read. A maximum in singles and doubles for the A’s number one, Pete Mackie and two from Stephen helped by a good win as reserve for Peter Banks, took the St Peter’s A team to a 7-3 win.
Ruston’s A encountered the Slappers. Captain Mick Johnson had a fine win over Ryan Mitchell by 11-5, 3-11, 11-3, 4-11, 11-9 as did Bob O’Hara by 11-8, 9-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-9. Paul Conyers did not have the best of luck losing all his singles in the fifth game. Top Slapper for the evening was Jonah Shepherd, who won all his matches closely followed by captain ,Clive Mitchell. The result a Slapper win by 7-3.
FANTASTIC FIVE accepted the challenge of CRUSADERS C in a battle royal! Alasdair Fuller was too strong for Dan Brown and James Wynne too was on his very best form with a great win over Rob Trevethick by 14-16, 11-6, 11-9, 11-8 and a win over Dan as well. Star man for the Fives was Ben Applewhite with three superb singles wins. C’s star was Daren Thorpe with two fine wins but a doubles win for the C’s was not enough to hold of those Fantastic Fives in a 6-4 victory.
DIVISION TWO WEEK SIX
St Peters C team led by league Chairman, Geoff squires hosted the D’s from Crusaders this week in a “battle royal”. Geoff had an excellent victory over Salv bambino by 11-7, 11-9, 6-11, 6-11, 11-6 and is finding really good form this season and only narrowly lost to D captain mark Watson by 11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-7. Top player for St Peters was that ever determined player Peter Robson with two very fine wins. The D’s were led home by Mark Nolan with a maximum in singles and doubles, his best display of the season and the D’s won by 6-4.
Tigers from Market Rasen were led by international Vetts player Sylvia Tyler in a home match against the Assassins. The highlight of the evening was the matchup between Sylvia and the unbeaten Assassin, Andy Smith, who won by 6-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-4. Top Tigers junior Dominic Batey ,too put on an exciting display of left handed hitting helped by Stephen Naylor, who had close games in all his matches including a very close doubles. However the determined and wily play of the Assassins proved too much, with three wins each for Andy, David Arnold and man of the match Mike Willis in a 10-0 win to maintain their grip of the top of the table.
MISFITS were home to UNBEARABLES who were hoping to maintain their promotion push. Top misfits were Lex and Nic Robinson who both pushed Unbearables number 1, Brian Reed, very hard losing narrowly to him in the fifth game. They both pushed Shaun Harris, the most Bearable of the Harris family to a fourth game too. The Unbearables proved that they are named correctly however, with three excellent wins for Brian, Shaun and Dave Harris taking them to a 10-0 win, which meant they leapt to second place in the table, still with only one defeat.
IMPS had the honour of playing title chasers RUSTONS B and were unlucky to lose players at the last minute. Sally Riggall did her very best to hold off the B’s but John Bowman, Dick Peacock, and Dave Barber were just too good and they recorded a 10-0 win to close the gap appreciably on top place.