The highly anticipated match-up between the defending league champions – Crookes ‘A’ and divisional leaders Stocksbridge ‘A’ ended with a 6-4 win for the pretenders to the crown. With four of England’s top twenty ranked veteran players on show, the fixture promised to be a close encounter and it didn’t disappoint.
Five time Sheffield champion Mark Short opened proceedings with a 3-0 win over Simon Pugh. Current Sheffield champion Jack Grant levelled for the hosts by defeating Richard Lightowler in similar fashion. Eight time Sheffield title holder Stephen Horsfield moved Stocksbridge into the lead with victory over Steve Crosby. Short then triumphed in an epic duel with Grant which ended 12-10 in the decider and put an end to Grant’s unbeaten singles run. Pugh restored the home side’s lead with a flawless performance against Crosby, but Lightowler regained parity for the visitors as he overcame Horsfield 15-13 in the fourth end. The crucial doubles was won by Stocksbridge and Grant extended the lead with a 4-1 win against Lightowler. Mark Short completed his hat trick with a 3-0 score line over Horsfield, leaving the winning set to be posted by Pugh who narrowly edged our Lightowler.
In Division Five, Shaun Alvey (Albert Premier ‘B’) extended his unbeaten run to 27 wins from nine outings, during the whitewashing of Hallam Grange ‘D’. Albert Premier now leads their nearest rivals High Green
'B' by seven clear points.
Rob Loxley – Press Officer - STTL