WEEK TWENTY DIVISION ONE
CRUSADERS B were honoured to meet the OLYMPIANS. Olympians were again sadly a player short and so conceded 3 matches right away. Mark Donoghue made his reappearance after several months away from out tables and showed all his great skills in three outstanding singles wins. Captain Alkisti too, was on top form beating number one B player Quentin Olley by 11-6, 11-7, 7-11, 11-8 and in a thriller with the Duddy squeezed home by 11-6, 4-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-9 and past the ever determined Roy Harper by 11-5, 11-7, 6-11, 11-5. A comfortable doubles win in three meant the Olympians were the victors by 7-3 to maintain their grip on top place in the table.
CRUSADERS C encountered the ST PETERS A team. The match was a very tight affair with five of the matches going to five games special. In the clash of the number ones Bill Holmes got the better of Stephen Read by 11-7, 8-11, 11-8, 3-11, 11-8 and it was a similar score against Tony Turner again squeezing home by 7-11, 11-7, 11-6, 5-11, 11-4 but the music man Pete Mackie was too strong in a three nil victory over Bill. Pete took out Dan Brown in three also but was then undone by Rob Trevethick by 12-10, 7-11, 11-9, 11-6. Rob found Stephen too tough in a 12-10, 8-11, 11-6, 6-11, 12-10 thriller but dismissed Pete and Tony comfortably for man of the match on the night. Dan too had a very good evening, beating both Stephen and Tony in style. A win in five in the doubles for the Saints could not stop the match result being a 6-4 win for the ever improving C team.
RACERS were entertained by the KEAL MADRID wizards. In the clash of the number one players Nic Keast was in devastating form ,being too good for Harry Keal in three but only getting the better of Finlay Keal at the death by 6-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 12-10 and Ian Sleight by 8-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-6.Lesley Keast unusually for her, had a difficult evening going through Harry in three but being undone by Finlay by 11-5, 4-11, 7-11, 12-10, 11-4 and having a very tight encounter with Ian Sleight and coming out the victor by 5-11, 11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 19-17 ,the longest game played this season.Two wins for Finlay and two for Ian were not enough to stop the Racers team from maintaining their push for third place in the table.
WARRIORS had a viewing by the A team, who are still trying hard for top place in the table. Warrior’s number one player , Anthony Tindall had a great win over Dan Rimmer by 11-7, 7-11, 11-6, 3-11,11-8 and another in three straight over Dan Otter but was undone by the stage management of Matt Hewitt also in three. Jack Bradley, Warriors top junior had two three game wins over Matt and Dan otter and won the man of the match for results. Wins for the A team over captain Mike took the match to a close conclusion. Sadly the Tindall family were unable to take the doubles, so the A team edged home by 6-4.
RUSTONS A were tested by the PSYCH DELICS in a thriller. Ruston captain, Mick Johnson was back to his sinuous best, all grace and style. A fine win over the blaster ,Colin Walters in four started things off well ,then a 7-11, 11-3, 11-2,12-10 win over America’s finest, Joe Sheehan followed. Top match up of the night was Mick against deadly Derek Wood, which went the way of Mick by 6-11, 8-11, 12-10, 12-10, 11-9. Fine wins for Paul Conyers over Colin and Joe took things close plus two wins for Derek over Paul and a 10-12, 11-5, 11-6, 11-9 over the ever youthful Terry Colam and a first win for Joe over Terry, meant the doubles was the key. Deadly Derek and Joe, were too much for Paul and Mick by 3-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-8 which meant the match was all tied up at five all.
FANTASTIC FIVE faced up against the SLAPPERS, would the Five get slapped. Alasdair Fuller in a rare visit to the table had an excellent win over Jonah Shepherd. Shaun Harris guested for the five, or is it now six and went close but not close enough. Ben Applewhite was in scintillating form easing to three great singles wins, the best being by 11-8, 11-9, 5-11, 11-2 over Clive Mitchell. Clive fought back well winning his two other singles, helped by a top form Ryan Mitchell with two and Jonah with one. Doubles was again the key to the result and the Mitchell boys went home with a 6-11, 11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9 win over Alasdair and Ben to take the Slappers to a handclapping 6-4 victory.
TIGERS tested the ST PETER’S B team. Dominic Batey was first up against David Ranshaw and went very close in a 10-12, 11-8, 11-6, 11-3 defeat. Dom also took Bob Dorrian to a four game special. Daniel Cox was on full alert especially in his match with Peter Banks, which went to Peter by 11-9, 9-11, 11-5, 12-10. Stephen Naylor was top mauler for the Tigers with an excellent three game win against David and a fantastic five game nail-biter against Peter with Peter edging home by 12-10, 10-12, 12-10, 9-11, 12-10 and then finishing with a great three game win over Bob. Man of the match was Peter Banks with three strong wins helped by two each from David and Bob in an excellent 8-2 win for the St Peters team.
MISFITS acquitted themselves well against the ASSASSINS. Nick Robinson went so very close to Assassin number one Andy Smith only losing by the narrowest of margins 13-11, 11-9, 15-13 and Danny McKay and Lex Robinson too showed that they have made terrific progress during the season. Unfortunately the very experienced team from Assassins were too strong on the night in a match that was far closer than the overall score suggests, in a 10-0 victory for the Assassins.
CRUSADERS E playing with two players on the night, were matched against CRUSADERS D. Iain Hicklin had two massive three game wins over Salv Bambino and Mark Watson but came unstuck against the sparkling skills of Kapil Sanghi by 11-9, 2-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8. Ian Minoghue was in devastating form again, a fine win over Salv by 12-10, 11-7, 6-11, 8-11, 12-10 was followed by a very narrow encounter with Kapil that Kapil took by 11-9, 7-11, 3-11, 12-10, 11-5. Two wins for Mark plus a comfortable doubles win for the D’s took them to a 7-3 win.
ST PETERS C had what was probably their best performance against TIGERS.A brilliant win for Peter Eccles over the super skills of world playing Vetts player Sylvia Tyler was matched by Peter Robson in his win over Ryan Hinson. Ryan had what he tells me was his best result of the season against Mr Eccles in three straight games and Sylvia was revenged in beating Mr Robson in three. The match result was all on the doubles in this two v two affair. The result a win for the two Peters by 12-10, 10-12, 11-9, 11-9 and a 5-4 win for the Saints.