Nothing could separate the teams sitting at fifth and sixth in the league as Mavericks and Hobnobs A drew five-all. Ross Dransfield snaffled up another treble, with Hobnobs the most recent team unable to handle his deceptive serving and attacking play. Stuart Robinson took his first brace of the season for Hobnobs and Noel Seery joined him with two wins. Hobnobs’ key performer of the season so far - Pat Swindell - could only take one win, and suffered a defeat to Jon Mancrief who took Mavericks’ only other singles win. The doubles decided the outcome with Dransfield and Nigel Clapham defeating Robinson and Seery.
Owing to illness Scalby Old Boys turned up with only two players and had to draft in a player at the last minute to make up the numbers. Nigel Escreet, who plays for Hobnobs B of Division Two, and was at the table tennis centre as a spectator, had his arm twisted to become an Old Boy for the night. He might have wished he hadn’t as their opponents Rolo - featuring the core trio of Marton Lowe, Sam Warburton and Moke Warburton - were in scintillating form and duly registered a 10-0 win.
The match between James Builders and Hackness ended up a comfortable 8-2 win for Builders. Trebles for Simon James and Gary Connolly along with a brace for Mike Fenby were enough to see off the team sitting just one place below them in the league table. Hackness got on the scoreboard through Derek Elliott’s win over Fenby and an Elliott/Pete Kirk doubles win against Simon and Julian James.
James Builders also caught up on a match brought forward from a previous postponement, beating Mavericks 7-3. The evening was a notable for a tight battle between two of the division’s elite players: Simon James and Ross Dransfield. James edged it 11-6 in the fifth on the way to another treble. Dransfield won his two remaining matches and teammate Jon Mancrief outlasted Gary Connolly in five for Mavericks’ third point. Builders’ other points were supplied by a Mike Fenby brace, one win for Gary Connolly and a doubles success from Simon and Julian James.
Whitby Endeavour rested Graham Cripps and brought in Vic WIlson with no discernible effect on their results. Specsavers sped to a 10-0 win that sees them consolidate second place in the table.
Karine Piham and Karl Cousins played out an enthralling five-end match to decide which of the two players would end the night unbeaten. Piham came from 2-1 down to win 12-10 in the fifth to ensure that Eastfield Warriors beat Picadore B 6-4. Cousins had to settle for a brace which included a shock win over Eastfield’s Guy Whiting, wrapped up 11-0 in the fourth. Whiting won his remaining two matches and partnered Piham to a doubles win. Tony Ingham and Nigel Chandley won a singles each for Picadore B as their patchy season continued.
Steve Miller hit peak form on the way to a treble for Liberators Southside as they forced a draw against in-form Hobnobs B. In doing so he inflicted only a second defeat of the season on Jack Louth. Allan Thurling almost inflicted a third on the youngster but Louth managed to hold on for victory in the fifth. Thurling managed to get two wins, against Nigel Escreet and Lester Smith, who both defeated Liberators’ third player, John Farrell. A Louth win over Farrell and the doubles brought up Hobnobs’ fifth point.
Hackness TTC ended the week one point off Hobnobs at the top of the table following a 7-3 victory over Rogues and Joshers. Hackness’ Noel Seery was player of the match with three wins. although he needed all five ends to get the better of Simon Boddy. Trevor Teasdale added another two for Hackness and and Tom Byrne earned another point in a close defeat of Luke Howland. Jack Boddy had a good evening with two wins for Rogues but fell in the last game of the doubles as Teasdale and Seery won out against the Boddys.
The top two players of the season met as The Eraser Blades beat Eastfield Fusion 7-3. Brian Goodliffe claimed bragging rights with a 3-1 win over Richard Seastron. Goodliffe won his remaining two matches and Richard Seastron made no further mistake. Tony Craven (two wins) and Daniel Escreet (one) added to the Blades’ total. Callum Seastron beat Escreet before Goodliffe and Escreet won the doubles against Callum - the junior Seastron - and Jaik Herrington.
Eastfield Tigers shuffled their line-up in an 8-2 loss to The Bat-Alions. Naomi and Kath Edwards both hit trebles and finished the night unbeaten following a triumph as a doubles team. Katie Robinson joined them on the scoreboard following her second win of the season, in four ends against Emilie Silcock. Two players making their debuts for the season, Mihaela Pricope and Mirek Baryza, managed to earn a point each for Eastfield.
Phoenix wrapped up a 7-3 win over Ping Long but none of Phoenix were a match for Ping Long’s star player Mia Longman, with the youngster taking all of her singles matches. Phoenix’ Denton Guest, Richard Mirfin and Stephen Davies compiled two wins each and Davies and Guest had too much for Mia and Mark Longman in the doubles.