Eastfield Warriors ran out 7-3 winners against a battling Rogues and Joshers. Eastfield’s number one, Guy Whiting, was in fine form and won all three singles and the doubles without dropping a game. Doubles partner Karine Piham mirrored Whiting’s feat but needed all five games in close encounters with Luke Howland and Dom Grunwell. Howland, Grunwell and John Blaymires all beat third player Richard Lear for a well-earned three league points.
In a match that initially looked to be heading Picadore A’s way, Liberators Southside took the last singles match and then the doubles to level a tense match at five-all. Derek Harris was player of the match, working hard for three wins. Vic Hollingsworth and Karl Cousins won two singles each for Picadore but, following Harris’ defeat of Cousins, the duo fell to John Farrell and Allan Thurling in the doubles to see the win slip from their grasp.
Rolo dominated an understrength Hackness. Rolo’s trio of Martin Lowe, Sam Warburton and Moke Warburton triumphed 9-1, with Pete Kirk snatching a point for Hackness with a three-straight win against Warburton. Kirk almost doubled his tally, losing out 11-9 in the fifth to Sam Lowe. Derek Elliott was equally luckless: he took Warburton to a fifth set before losing out 14-12.
Despite losing 8-2 to Mavericks, Whitby Endeavour would have been pleased to finally put some points on the table. Mavericks’ Ross Dransfield and Nigel Clapham took maximum singles points. Jon Mancrief won a brace which included a win over Graham Cripps settled by an 11-0 in the fifth. He was unable to repeat the result over Barry Davies, however, with the Whitby number one triumphing 11-9, 8-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-8 to secure their first point. Like buses, after a long wait another point soon came along, with Cripps and Davies beating the pairing of Clapham and Mancrief.
Specsavers’ winning run came to an end as they faced a James Builders side inspired by the outstanding Simon James. Mike Fenby and Gary Connolly beat Specsavers’ number 3 player Piotr Ozon to add to Simon James’ three wins. Specsavers’ Glenn Hodgson and Mark Marshall won two games each and the doubles to make the final score 5-5.
Hobnobs A had too much for Scalby Old Boys, winning 8-2 for their second win of the season. Pat Swindell was again the top performer. His three wins were added to by a brace each for Dave Oxley and Mike Wheatley. Matthew Rutt prevented a whitewash for Hobnobs with impressive wins over Oxley and Wheatley.
The Eraser Blades continue to set the pace. They defeated the juniors of NewBats 7-3 who have more than held their own in their first season in Division Three. Tricky Brian Goodliffe was able to win each of his singles matches. A brace for Jan Sissens and a singles win for Daniel Escreet were followed by a Goodliffe/Sissens doubles win. Marcus Moore won two matches for NewBats, including a five end win over Escreet. Louis Fell completed NewBats’ scoring, again in five against Escreet.
The Eastfield derby was one way traffic: a hefty 9-1 win for Fusion over Tigers. Jaik Herrington and Richard Seastron were worthy winners of their singles matches. Callum Seastron won a brace, failing to prevent Suzanne Zegstroo from registering the Tigers’ solitary point.
Phoenix and Whitby Resolution served up an entertaining 5-5 draw. Stephen Davies' three wins earned him the player of the match award for Phoenix. The match of the night was played out between Phoenix’s Denton Guest and Whitby’s Kevin Barleycorn. Guest raced into a two-game lead - 11-5, 11-6 - before Barleycorn hit back to win the next three 2-11, 3-11, 3-11.
Naomi Edwards took the player of the match award - her first of the season - to help The Bat-Alions to a 6-4 win against Ping Long. Anthony Rudge chipped in with a further two wins and Kath Edwards beat Harry Longman. Mia Longman was Ping Long’s stand-out performer with a defeat of Kath Edwards and a spirited five end win over Rudge. The Longmans got the better of the Edwardses in the doubles, with Mark and Mia outmanoeuvring Kath and Naomi.