As the last week of the season has run its course the Rother Valley League Closed tournament approaches on May 10th at Dearne Valley Sports Centre. The tournament is open to all players from the League and promises to be one of the best in recent years. Top scorer in the League and current Rotherham Men’s Singles Champion Richard Element from Phoenix T.T.C. is hoping to retain his title along with the doubles crown alongside Jamie Hudd of Rotherham Scorpions J.T.T.C. Harry Saxton, also of Scorpions, is looking to retain his junior crown but will have to relinquish his cadet’s title as he is now too old for that category. So maybe brother Joe can step in to take that one?
Meanwhile in the League the last few matches are being contested and only the Division Three champion remained to be decided. This week Scorpions G had to play Scorpions J. The latter have not gained a point all season so it did not look good for them as they played the Champions elect. This match could seal the fate of the title of this division. Unfortunately for the Scorpions youngsters they could not even get on the scoreboard as they went down 10-0. This put Scorpions G three points ahead of Phoenix F but both teams had two games left so the race was not quite over yet. Then on Monday this week the G team played Clifton E in a rearranged fixture from February. Could this clinch it for Scorpions? The team on this occasion was Lorraine Swift, Dennis E. Green and Glyn Ward up against Steve Naylor, Pete Cox and Richard Proctor. Clifton put up little resistance with wins only coming from Naylor against Green and Cox versus Ward. A win by eight sets to two and the two points that make Scorpions G the Division Three Champions for 2015.
Scorpions A played their last match hoping to complete a 100% record for the season. Their opposition was Phoenix A comprising Craig Straw, Phil Walton and Mick Jarvis. They were no match for Scorpions trio of Jamie Hudd, Mark Johnson and Harry Saxton. The only resistance was by Straw who beat Saxton late in the evening. So that completed the 24th win out of 24 matches. Probably the first time that a clean sheet for the whole season has been achieved, quite fitting for Scorpions as they celebrate their 20th Anniversary this year.