DIVISION 1 – 04.11.18 – DAY 2
LEIGH B SNEAK AHEAD ON DAY 2
At the start of Day 2, Darenth led the table with a full house while Leigh B were on eight, with Teen & 20 and Crownwoods on four. Leigh C had three and Leigh A 1.
Leaders Darenth A were a player short for their match with Leigh C (Dean Chipperfield/Sue Pingram) so captain Peter Davis called up one of the club’s young guns, Tim Walters, to partner him. Walters took a game to find his feet against the left handed Chipperfield but once he picked up his rhythm, he looked comfortable and won in four games. Davis, despite struggling with an injury, was still able to deal with Pingram although it took him four games to win. Leigh won a very close doubles as 14-12, 9-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8 shows to get one on the board. Walters quickly got the measure of Pingram’s combination bat to assure Darenth of a victory. Davis ran Chipperfield close but went down in straight games so it finished as 3-2 in Darenth’s favour.
Leigh A’s mother and daughter team of Lois and Lorraine Perryman) faced the well-established firm of Ming Majoe and Nick Smith (Teen & 20) who were back in Division 1 after a season’s absence. The ladies certainly began well taking the first two sets with a win for Lois over Majoe and Lorraine over Smith. They put up a fight in the doubles where they snatched the third 21-19 only to lose the fourth 13-15. This put Teen & 20 on a roll and they won both the reverse singles to make it a 3-2 victory.
Darenth weren’t the only ones struggling to get out a team - Peter King was summoned by Lloyd Francis to help Crownwoods out against Leigh B (Roger Pingram/John Dyson). It was, however, to no avail as the Leigh men were in no mood to give anything away and dropped just the one game in the closing set where Francis took the first game from Pingram.
After three rounds, Leigh B had therefore drawn level with Darenth A at the top of the table on 13 points each. Teen & 20 had moved into clear third place with Leigh C on five, Crownwoods on four and Leigh A on three.
It was leaders versus the bottom team here as Darenth A (Walters/Davis) met Leigh A (Lorraine and Lois Perryman). Walters got Darenth off to a good start beating Lorraine in four games. Davis was plainly at a disadvantage moving around but still managed to take Lois to five games. Somehow he managed to get through the doubles, Walters’ style fitting in with his own very nicely. Walters had a tremendous battle with Lois and stretched her to a fifth game where he had to give best at 6-11. This left Davis and Lorraine to settle the outcome. He found Lorraine a bit awkward at first and trailed 0-2 but was able to get back on terms, eventually pulling through 11-9 in the fifth for a 3-2 victory.
Leigh B (Pingram/Dyson) were expecting a tough battle with Teen & 20 (Majoe/Smith) and they got it. Three sets went to the fifth and both the others needed a fourth game. Leigh took a commanding 3-0 lead but not without a great deal of hard work. Majoe took a game from Pingram and Dyson won a very up and down set with Smith where he had to come back from 1-2 down and finally secured it 11-2 in the fifth. The doubles followed the same pattern and Leigh had to recoup a 1-2 deficit before taking the fifth. Pingram had his customary duel with Smith. It was a long, hard fought set where Smith’s 2-1 lead was eroded. He did, however, manage to hold Pingram off 12-10 in the fifth to secure a point for his team. Dyson wrapped it up for Leigh with a four game win over Majoe.
Crownwoods (Francis/King) put up a fight against Leigh C (Chipperfield/Pingram) with lots of games being decided by only two points but nothing was going for Crownwoods and they were unable to get on the scoreboard.
Leigh B have thus sneaked ahead of Darenth A by one point, being on 17 to Darenth’s 16. Leigh C on ten are a couple of points clear of Teen & 20 with Leigh A on five and Crownwoods on four. There’s a lot of water to go under the bridge yet and while the Division is more clearly defined now, no one will be counting their chickens just yet.