Week 19 - Hodgsons battle it out

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Into the business end of the season Corinthians had an opportunity to make ground on leaders Rolo who didn’t play. Corinthians travelled to Hackness A and managed to take the points required to take them top in a 5-5 draw. In a match that featured three Hodgsons - all unrelated - Ashley Hodgson proved the most successful. He duly picked up three singles wins and so far hasn’t needed more than four ends in any match in an unbeaten season. Glenn Hodgson provided two wins for Corinthians, while teammates Mark Marshall and Dale Symons also got on the scoresheet. James Hodgson and Gerald Smith both won five-end contests for Hackness before falling to Glenn Hodgson and Marshall in the doubles.

Mavericks continued their fine form, inflicting a 9-1 defeat on Nomads. Ross Dransfield was again the key player for Mavericks and his treble was matched by Macaulay Youngson. Nomads’ top player, Gary Connolly defeated Nigel Clapham to gain their solitary point.

Simon James took three wins in three straight games for James Builders in a 6-4 win over Scalby Old Boys. In their first season in the top flight the Old Boys continue to improve and top performer Matty Whilde again took two games. Mike Fenby got the better of Scalby’s Matthew Rutt and Alistair Hutchinson, meaning the outcome of the match went down to the doubles. James and Fenby needed five ends to beat the two Matthews to seal the win for the builders.

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Whitby Endeavour made great strides toward the title with an 8-2 win over a strong Hobnobs B side. Half of their 8 singles wins went the distance with Barry Davies and Phillip Hatton both scoring three, with two wins for Jonathan Parkinson.  Hobnobs will have considered themselves unlucky to have had to head back down the A171 with only the doubles and an Allan Thurling singles to show for their efforts.

Closest challengers, Trinity, lost ground after edging Eastfield Warriors 6-4. Trinity’s John Warburton was the undefeated player of the match. Piotr Ozon was unable to match him, winning two but falling to Guy Whiting who won two matches for Eastfield.

Nick Campbell was in top form for Whitby Resolution, however, despite winning all of his singles rubbers he was unable to prevent a 6-4 defeat at the hands of Picadore A. Only Stuart Hurworth was able to add to the Whitby score with a win over Chris Smith. Smith, Martin Zammit and Richard Lloyd mopped up the rest of the points for Picadore.

In a match rearranged owing to the previous week’s weather, an understrength Whitby Resolution suffered a 9-1 reverse to an in-form Picadore B. All three Picadore players - Tony Ingham, Steve Atkinson and Karl Cousins - achieved trebles. Stuart Hurworth and Graeme Williams saw off Atkinson and Cousins in the doubles for a consolation point.

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The final round of scheduled fixtures took place in Division Three. With only a handful of weather-affected fixtures left to play Liberators Southside have an unassailable lead and will be crowned champions at the end of the season. They completed a convincing 8-2 win over Delphstone, that saw Nigel Escreet once again beat Jonathan Wanless in the battle of the division’s top two players. Wanless was able to win his two remaining rubbers including coming back from two ends down to beat John Farrell in five in the evening’s most exciting contest. Farrell and Anthony Craven secured the remaining singles for the champions.

Liberators Northside wrapped up a 7-3 win over Desperatum that included a stunning treble from Kath Edwards, a feat repeated by team captain Brian Goodliffe. Desperatum’s trio of Stephen Davies, Denton Guest and Richard Mirfin were each able to defeat promising junior Mia Longman to gain consolation points.

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