Having pipped Picadore B in the previous week’s fixture, Eastfield Warriors were unable to repeat the feat against Picadore’s A team. A solid performance from Picadore’s trio of Richard Lloyd, Martin Zammit and Vic Hollingsworth ensured a 6-4 win. Each won two singles matches but none were able to beat Eastfield’s top performer, Guy Whiting. With Whiting and Karine Piham winning the doubles, the score finished 6-4.
Liberators Southside’s fine run of form came to an abrupt end with a 10-0 thrashing at the hands of Hackness TTC. There were trebles all round for Noel Seery, Tom Byrne and Christopher Found. It wasn’t until the doubles that Liberators were able to win a single end, blowing a two game lead to hand all of the points to Hackness.
That Rolo beat Specsavers wasn’t a huge surprise. That they won so convincingly suggests only a huge shock will keep them from the title. Mark Marshall’s defeat of Sam Lowe was Specsavers only win a 9-1 loss. The match of the night saw Glenn Hodgson squander a two game lead to lose to Moke Warburton.
Hackness were unable to field a full-strength team but took all available points in a 7-3 win against Whitby Endeavour, with Whitby’s 3 points coming from forfeits. Hackness’ Derek Elliott and Pete Kirk took a clean sweep of the matches, with Barry Davies getting closest in taking Kirk to five ends.
James Builders’ lynchpin Simon James was again unbeaten as his team edged Hobnobs A 6-4. Mike Fenby was able to add two further wins and Simon teamed up with Julian James to take the doubles. Hobnobs’ answer came from a Mike Wheatley brace and a win each for Dave Oxley and Pat Swindell.
Newbats’ blend of youth and experience had the desired effect as they comfortably beat Eastfield Tigers 8-2. Marcus Moore’s impressive debut season continued with three more more victories. Roy Lowe and Louis Fell chipped in with a brace each and Fell and Moore were able to take the doubles. Eastfield had to settle for two consolation points through Mirek Baryza and Suzanne Zegstroo.
The Eraser Blades rested team captain Brian Goodliffe yet still had enough to see off Ping Long. Tony Craven stepped up and took a treble for the Blades with Jan Sissens and Daniel Escreet adding two and one respectively. Mia Longman won two matches for Ping Long and teammate Mark Longman defeated Escreet in an epic five-end match to make the score 7-3.
An inspired Whitby Resolution defeated in-form Eastfield Fusion 6-4. Eastfield’s Richard Seastron continues to be one of the division’s most formidable players, racking up another three wins. Yet aside from Jaik Herrington’s defeat of Graeme Williams, every other match went Whitby’s way, standout performances being two wins each for James Hudson and the returning Ken Benford.
Naomi Edwards won three matches for the second game in succession as The Bat-Alions beat Phoenix 7-3. Bat-Alions other points came via two wins for Anthony Rudge, one for Kath Edwards and a doubles win for Naomi Edwards and Rudge. Stephen Davies was responsible for two points for Phoenix and Denton Guest secured a further point with a five-end win over Kath Edwards.