Rotherham Advertiser Report Week Ten

After ten weeks of the season the
individual player averages make interesting reading. In the top flight Peter
Morgan senior of JSM sits at the top of the pile having won 19 out of 27 so far
this season. Mick Foster from Mason Arms, just behind on 17 wins so far.

 

In the second division Jim Pugh from
Clifton C has 22 out of 26, Stuart Element (Phoenix C) and Pete Eyre (Stag A)
tied on 20 wins, not far behind. That makes one player from each of the three
top teams in the division respectively.

 

In the third level Maurice Druce (Phoenix F) and Phil Richardson (Scorpions G) both have 23 from 27 so far with Steven Richardson (no relation!) from Clifton again and Dennis E. Green from Scorpions both on 20. No coincidence that these two teams top the division.

 

Special mentions to Sam Wagstaff, Amy
Marriott and Josh Wilkes who all get the wooden spoon, despite their brave
efforts for Scorpions J, all yet to break their ducks. I blame it on the team
Captain!!

 

Two big battles in Division Two this
week. The first between Clifton C sitting pretty at the top of the division and
Scorpions C safely wedged in the middle. Clifton taking nothing for granted set
off to take an early 3-1 lead with wins from Richard Horsfield and Jim Pugh over
youngsters Jessie Truman and Michael Taylor. Alex Bland  hitting back for Scorpions defeating Gary
Sides and then Horsfield defeating Truman. However the three teenagers were not
to be stopped, despite being 5 -2 down they fought back with Taylor taking a good
win over Sides. In the end the experience of Clifton shone through and they
just pinched it 6-4 to keep them top of the division.

 

The second humdinger came between
Clifton D and Clifton B. Trevor Bland, Geoff Sanderson and Ron Watson of the D
team narrowly losing out to Russ Drayton, Julie Beaumont and Mick Whitehead 6-4
on the night. Not for the first time in a League match did the doubles prove to
be crucial going the way of the B team to ensure both points were taken.

 

In a really close contest in Division
One, Tony Linggard, Colin Scott and Wilf Ward from Clifton, playing at their
home venue at the Dolcliffe Club in Mexborough, just lost out to Richard
Element, Mick Jarvis and Phil Walton of Phoenix A. As in so many of these close
contests the doubles was yet again crucial. Phoenix had by that stage already
built a 4-2 lead with two from Element and one each for the others. The doubles
went all the way to the final game and Phoenix sneaked it 11-9. If this had
gone the other way then maybe Clifton would have won a point on the night but,
despite fighting hard, Richard Element was just too good with a maximum three
wins.


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