DIVISION ONE WEEK 13
St PETERS A were home to the A team from CRUSADERS in what was to prove one of the tightest matches of the season. Home captain Stephen Read was again in sparkling form easing past big hitting Matt Hewitt 11-9, 11-4, 6-11, 17-15 but losing to the even bigger hitting Dan Otter by 1-11, 11-7, 11-5, 8-11, 6-11.St Peters seasons top player so far, Pete Mackie used all his silky skills in winning all three of his singles and richly deserved his man of the match award. Two wins each for Dan Rimmer and Dan Otter plus one from Matt were balanced out when the home team won the doubles by 11-5, 8-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-6. The result a scintillating 5 all draw.
The B’s from Crusaders hosted Ruston’s A, who are fighting hard to move up the table. Four matches went to five games in this well contested affair .Away captain Mick Johnson deservedly eased to a win over Roy Harper by 5-11, 11-9, 6-11, 12-10, 11-7 but went down to the Duddy by 8-11, 12-10, 11-8, 7-11, 11-7. Paul Conyers too had a fine battle with the determined Roy losing by 11-4, 10-12, 11-9, 8-11, 11-4 and then had no mercy for the Duddy by 10-12, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7. The result a 8-2 convincing win for the Bees.
CRUSADERS C’s were challenged by KEAL MADRID in more ways than one. In the clash of the mighty captains, Bill Holmes and Nigel Keal, this time bill had the better of things by 11-2, 6-11, 6-11, 11-7, and 12-10, well done. Bill also deceived the wily Ian sleight by 10-12, 11-6, 11-9, 11-9 but could not avoid a loss to Finlay Keal in four. Daren Thorpe for C’s was the only one able to undo young Finlay with a win in three. A doubles win for C’s was not enough to stop the Keal Madrid team with two singles wins from Nigel ,Finlay and Ian taking the match by 6-4.
MARKET RASEN WARRIORS had a visit by the PSYCHO DELICS . Colin Walters scored a fine win over Warriors captain Mike Tindall in three games and took up an coming, Jack Bradley all the way in a 7-11, 7-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-7 win for Jack. Derek Wood also did well in beating Mike in three and even better in beating home number one player Anthony Tindall in three straight. A very tight doubles was won 3-2 by the home team and two wins for Anthony , one for Mike and a man of the match ,three singles wins ,for Jack Bradley took the mighty Warriors to a 7-3 victory.
FANTASTIC FIVE were hunted by the RACERS. First up Ben Applewhite took a very close victory over James Keast by 11-7, 11-3, and 9-11, 9-11, 11-9. And eased to a win over Marilyn Bawden in four but the county’s top lady player was too strong by 11-8, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8. Karl Wynne for the home side making a rare appearance this season found the Racers too hot on the night. James Wynne took James and Marilyn all the way but was unsuccessful, losing both by 3-2. A close match in the doubles saw the peerless Racers ease home with three wins from Lesley, two from James and Marilyn with an 8-2 win.
DIVISION TWO WEEK 13
Previous Week matches-
ST PETERS B hosted MISFITS ,FIRST UP David Ranshaw against Nic Robinson in the best battle of the evening with David edging home by 9-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-9.Lex Robinson did well against the talented Peter Banks to only lose by 12-10, 11-6, 12-10. Three wins each for David and Peter plus the doubles took the St Peters team home by 7-3 with the loss of three singles being a man short.
St Peters C caught up a match with Crusaders E with George Wolfenden making his seasons debut for St Peters. Home captain Peter Eccles was in battles all evening , losing to Ian Minoghue by 12-10, 8-11, 11-8, 11-7 but beating Rob McCann in a nail biter by 9-11, 12-10, 4-11, 11-6, 11-7 and the talented Iain Hicklin by 11-9, 11-7, 8-11, 11-4. George did very well on his return to ease past Ian Minoghue by 11-3, 11-6, 8-11, 11-8 but Rob and Iain took victories against him. The result a 7-3 well earned win for those Eeees.
ASSASSINS minus the ill Andy Smith hosted the D’s from Crusaders. First up home top player, Mike Willis had a hard hitting, spectacular match with Salv Bambino ,finally easing home by 11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 11-5. Defiance from the D’s Mark’s Nolan and Watson was countered in their different ways by Mike’s special hitting skills , which sometimes even seemed to go round corners and the determination of David Arnold, with three singles wins each for them both plus the doubles to take the Assassins to a 7-3 win.
IMPS took on the UNBEARABLES in a match that contained a special match between two players with a total age of 161 years. It was a fantastic match too with Malcolm Scott emerging from the dusts of time with an 11-9, 9-11, 4-11, 12-10, and 12-10 over the league’s oldest player, big hitting Barry Johnson. Barry took his revenge with comfortable three game wins over Sally Riggall and David Brown. Brian Reed for Unbearables had a magnificent tousle with David, easing home by 11-5, 4-11, 11-7, 8-11, 12-10. Two wins for Barry, Brian and the indefatigable Dave Harris plus the doubles eased them to a 7-3 win , but the man of the match with three sterling singles wins was Malcom Scott for Imps.
CRUSADERS E had a jungle visit from the TIGERS. Iain Hicklin eased his way past Daniel Cox in three and Dominic Batey in similar fashion but found Stephen Naylor too clever on the night losing in three. Rob McCann gained some team revenge in beating Dominic in three. Ian Minoghue had was eased out by Daniel by 11-8, 11-9, 10-12, 9-11, 11-7 and by Dominic by 11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-9 but was the only one to beat Stephen Naylor. Two wins for Daniel and Stephen plus the doubles by 11-9, 8-11, 8-11, 11-7, and 11-9 took the Tigers to a sharp 6-4 win.
MISFITS experienced the special skills of the ST PETERS C team. Lex Robinson for Misfits had a brilliant victory over Peter Eccles by 7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 12-10 and went close against Pete Robson too only losing in four games. Danny McKay and Louise Hart fought valiantly but found the two Peters of St Peters a difficult match up. The result a 6-4 win for a two man St Peters team.