The Sentinel Cup and Bradwell Handicap matches are being played next week with some teams having two matches, but it will see both events down to the semi-final stages.
In the league, the first half of the season is now complete, but the crunch match in the Premier Division between the A and B teams didn’t resolve anything as regards to positions, although it did change player averages. Dave Savage took the maximum 3 for the A team, but it was close all the way with the A team winning one and then the B team drawing level. Several games went to 5, but Paul Malkin and Chris Bailey took 2 each and Paul and Neil Hough finally took the doubles by 11-9 in the 5th set helping to make a 5 all draw the eventual outcome. Dave now remains the only Premier player with a 100% record, but the Norton A and B teams still take the next 5 positions. Norton B remain top of the Division on sets averages, with Norton A on the same points, both 5 points clear of 3rd placed Bradwell A. Down at the bottom are Kidsgrove B with the Bradwell C team just 1 point ahead, but still in a relegation position.
Division 1 leaders Norton E were held to a draw by middle of the table Bradwell D, whose Malcolm Brundrett was player of the match with a maximum 3, but earning the draw saw Paul Lord with 2 and Cliff Bell one and Robert Warman, playing up from Division 2, also gaining one set, with Paul and Robert taking the doubles. Norton E are still 1 point ahead of MESC B, who themselves were held to a 5 all draw by lowly Bradwell F, thanks to a maximum from Neil Colville and 2 from Andy Bateman. The Bradwell team lifted themselves out of the bottom two and Neil remains the only player in Division 1 with a 100% record from those who’ve played just a third of the games. Norton D just managed to earn a 6-4 win over their own F team and currently hold the third spot, but are 3 points adrift from the MESC B team in second place.
Norton K’s team haven’t lost a match in Division 2 and beat Penkhull E by 10-0. The Norton J team and the MESC C team also had 10-0 wins, which leaves Norton K top, with the MESC D team just 2 points behind. Followed by Norton J and MESC C 3 points adrift in the joint third place. Top of the averages in Division 2 out of those playing at least a third of the matches are Norton K’s Robert Warman and Patrick Hall and John Riley, both from the MESC D team.