WEEK TWENTY ONE DIVISION ONE
ST PETER’S A played CRUSADERS B in a catch-up. For the Saints , Pete Mackie again continued his outstanding form with two fine wins ,albeit very closely. He played the “Q” man, Quentin Olley in a master class, Q winning by 9-11, 11-9, 12-10, 5-11, 11-7 but edged out the Harper man “Roy” by 11-3, 11-8, 15-17, 3-11, 11-9 in a thriller. Tony Turner had a fine win over the Duddy by 11-9, 5-11, 11-5, 11-9. The key matches were those won by Stephen Read against Duddy in three and Q by 11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-6 but he went down to Roy in four. A fine three games win in the doubles for the Saints took them to a 6-4 well earned win.
RUSTONS A were chased by the RACERS and it all came tumbling down, I am afraid. Captain Mick Johnson was taken out in a four game hitting fest by the ever improving Nic Keast but overcame Marilyn Bawden in three. Top Racer Lesley Keast was in dominant form winning all her matches in three straight games and was helped by three wins for Nic and two from Marilyn. Bob O’Hara went close to Nic, losing by 10-12, 12-10, 11-9, 11-8 and Paul Conyers was outlasted by Marilyn by 10-12, 12-10, 7-11, 11-2, 11-1. The match result was 9-1 for Racers in their charge up the table.
SLAPPERS were given a hand by a weakened CRUSADERS B team. Q took out two Slappers Andy Flynn and Ryan Mitchell in three games each and Duddy had a close run thing with Ryan ,winning by 10-12, 17-15, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8.However big bad Clive Mitchell starred for Slappers, winning all his matches although only just against Q ,by 10-12, 11-7, 6-11, 11-8, 11-4. Good wins for Ryan and Andy Flynn over Shaun Harris guesting for the B’s helped take them to a 7-3 morale boosting win.
OLYMPIANS turned out two of their big guns against the threat posed by CRUSADERS C. Both Andy Smith and Rob Trevethick eased past captain Alkisti but Mark Donoghue and Andy Wignall took all before them and the match result was a resounding 8-2 win ,which keeps the Olympians on the summit.
PSYCHO DELICS took on the SAINTS challenge although Saints were a player short on the night..Adrian Haigh did well to take a game off a top form Stephen Read and top match was between Derek Wood and Pete Mackie, with the music man taking the match by 9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-8. Most thrilling match was the doubles, which went to five in favour of the Saints. The match result was 7-3 to St Peters A.
ASSASSINS attempted to overthrow the ST PETER’S B team , now back to full strength. If they had maintained this team throughout the season ,I am sure they would have been close to the title. Peter Banks yet again showed that he is not just a man of property in a fantastic win over Mike Willis by 11-4, 7-11, 11-6, 6-11, 13-11 .Bob Dorrian too was too hot to catch by Mike ,winning again in five by 11-8, 13-11, 6-11, 3-11, 14-12 but was edged out by David Arnold in five games. Andy Smith was top man for Assassins winning all his matches with ease and helped by three from David took the Assassins to an 8-2 victory.
ST PETERS C yet again proved what a strong two man team they are with a fine match against UNBEARABLES. Peter Eccles took out both the Harris boys ,David in three and Shaun in a nail biting five. David squeezed past Peter Robson by 11-4, 11-8, 2-11, 8-11, 11-7 but Mr Robson took Barry Johnson in five and Shaun in four. Probably key to the result was a 12-10, 11-6, 7-11, 11-5 win by Barry over Mr Eccles. A strongly fought match ended at 5 all after a doubles win for the home side.
A CATCH UP match was between ST PETER’S B and UNBEARABLES. The only Unbearable to cope with the pressure was young Barry Johnson in a defence against attack match with David Ranshaw and won by 6-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-7. Peter Banks and Bob Dorrian with three each helped by two from David, pushed their way further up the table in a fine 9-1 win for the St Peter’s team.
ST PETER’S team of two Peters hosted TIGERS who also were a player short. Peter Eccles had a great win over Sylvia Tyler by 11-6, 12-10, 7-11, 11-8. Sylvia took revenge by beating Peter Robson in three and Ryan Hinson had probably his best win of the season in going past Mr Eccles in three games but was undone by Peter Robson. The match result hinged on the doubles which St Peters took by 12-10, 10-12, 11-9, 11-9 for a 5-4 victory.
UNBEARABLES continuing their busy week took on the formidable RUSTONS B team. Unbearable number one player Shaun Harris did well to go past David Barber by 7-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-4, 11-6 but could not cope with the top skills of Dick Peacock and Glyn Williams. Father Dave Harris however was in no mood for any surrender and had a devastatingly successful night beating both David Barber and Glyn in three games each and Dick in four. The match result saw the Ruston’s team consolidate their place near the top of the table thanks to a doubles win and victory came at 6-4.
ST PETERS B hosted the mischievous IMPS. Top Imp on the night was Anindya Basu with a fine fight against David Ranshaw, with David victorious by 10-12, 11-6, 9-11, 11-3, 11-6 and he took both Bob Dorrian and Peter Banks to four games each. Sally Riggall was a star for Imps only going down to Peter by 11-6, 11-6, 10-12, 11-6. Match result was a 10-0 for the ever climbing St Peter’s B team.
CRUSADERS D entertained the MISFITS . Top Misfit was the super determined Nick Robinson who was narrowly eased out by Mark Nolan by 11-4, 11-8, 10-12, 10-12, 12-10.Louise hart also went close to Mark before losing in four games and Crusaders youngest player ,Lex Robinson also had his skills complemented highly. Three singles each for Mark, Kapil Sanghi and Salv Bambino took the D’s to a 10-0 win.