Mavericks played two rearranged fixtures, one of which could well have a bearing on the eventual outcome of the title. In a five-all draw with Corinthians Ross Dransfield picked up the player of the match award with three impressive singles victories. Macaulay Youngson and Nigel Clapham also picked up singles wins to consign Corinthians to their second draw within a week.
James Builders again fielded youngster James Biggs in a 6-4 win over Nomads. Biggs followed his impressive debut with another win against a more experienced opponent, beating John Loftus 11-9 in the fifth end. Elsewhere there was the usual treble for the Builders’ Simon James and a brace for Nomads’ Gary Connolly.
Both Hackness A and Hackness B had relatively simple wins against the two teams at the bottom of Division One. Hackness B’s Derek Elliott and Pete Kirk both took trebles in an 8-2 win over Scalby Old Boys. Ed Wardman was unlucky to join them but had to be content with a single point after losing two five-game epics against Matthew Rutt and Matty Whilde.
Mike Wheatley was the only one of Hobnobs A to come close to sealing a win against a dominant Hackness A line-up of Ashley Hodgson, James Hodgson and Gerald Smith. Wheatley took both James Hodgson and Smith to the final game but couldn’t prevent his side losing 10-0.
Ryedale Sports Club’s challenge for the Glazetech Division Two title suffered a setback following a 9-1 defeat at the hands of Trinity. James Biggs and Piotr Ozon both took excellent trebles for Trinity. John Warburton failed to make it a maximum for Trinity, as he was unable to get the better of the staunch defence of Mick Carter.
Trinity’s victory keeps them in the hunt for the title along with Ryedale and two teams who had contrasting fortunes this week: Whitby Endeavour and Hobnobs B. Whitby Endeavour racked up a 9-1 win over a Picadore A side missing top player Martin Zammit. Graham Cripps and Barry Davies were untroubled to win all of their singles. Chris Smith battled to a five end win over Jonathan Parkinson to salvage some pride for sorry Picadore.
Hobnobs B fell to a 6-4 defeat to a Picadore B side inspired by Steve Atkinson’s treble. Allan Thurling was Hobnobs’ best player with two wins. The outcome of the match was decided in a tight final match in the doubles. Picadore’s Nigel Chandley and Karl Cousins hung on to outlast Thurling and Simmo Simms 9-11 11-8 11-7 8-11 12-10.
The two bottom teams in Division Two fought it out with Whitby Resolution beating Bingo Mcvitie 7-3 in a closely-fought contest. Each of Whitby’s players - Stuart Hurworth, Nick Campbell and Ken Benford - won two matches. Jack Louth proved to be Bingo’s best player on the night, with two five-game victories.
Rogues and Joshers gave leaders Liberators Southside a tough match in Scarborough Flooring Division Three. Librerators’ Nigel Escreet held on to his 100% record, but only just: he needed 5 ends to defeat Dominic Grunwell. In a 6-4 win to Southside four matches went the distance. Grunwell lost two of those for Rogues, teammates Simon Boddy and John Blaymires won theirs.
Liberators Northside left Eastfield with an 8-2 win against Fusion. Brian Goodliffe won all of his singles contests and took the doubles with Naomi Edwards. Richard Lear and Jaik Herrington prevented the whitewash with wins over Naomi and Kath Edwards respectively.
Delphstone were unable to field a full side and fell 9-1 to a Desperatum side featuring Steven Davies, Denton Guest and Richard Murfin. Jan Sissens got on the scoreboard for Delphstone with a defeat of Murfin.