After Week 11

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.

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