Outstanding matches have now been completed and with only 9 weeks left, top positions and relegation teams are becoming clearer, but now is the time to give it that extra push. Little has changed in the league positions, but there have been some tough matches and the odd surprising win.
In the Premier Division, the match between Bradwell A and Crewe Post Office ended in a draw, with Gareth Duun, players of the match with a maximum. Despite losing 3-7 to Penkhull A, Bradwell C’s Colin Burgess took all 3 for his team, earning player of the match, with wins over David Mottershead, Mark Turner and Philip Barnish. Bradwell C remain in the relegation zone along with bottom placed Kidsgrove B.
Penkhull C wee only just above the relegation area in Division 1, but thanks to a maximums from Callum Smith and Andy Smith and 2 from Neil Bourne, they had a good 8-2 win over Bradwell D, knowing them down from 4th to 5th place. This now leave 4 teams all on 12 points in the bottom half, but all are still 5 points clear of the Kidsgrove C team, who themselves look to be facing relegation, together with their own D team. It was Ken Perry who earned the maximum, along with one each from John Reader and Peter Degg, plus the doubles, which earned Bradwell E their 6-4 win over the Kidsgrove D team. Up at the top are Norton E, with MESC B in the second spot and Bradwell E are now fourth. Next week Bradwell E visit MESC B and it could be close with all to play for in the promotion stakes.
Four teams are after promotion from Division 2 with MESC D and Norton K holding the top spot, closely followed by Norton J and MESC C and 10-0 wins have been quite common against those lower down the division. Anything could happen next week when the MESC D take on their own C team and Norton J play hosts on Monday to their K team and there are more tough matches to follow in the coming weeks. Last time out, the MESC D team had a 10-0 win over their C team and Norton K beat their J team by 9-1 and if the results are similar next week, MESC D and Norton K could be heading for Division 1 next season.