Stocksbridge ‘A’ cemented their grip on the top flight title with a 6-4 home win over nearest rivals Crookes ‘B’. The visitors raced to a 3-0 lead as Tim Denby overcame Darren Lindley 3-1; Theo Cordara narrowly got the better of Simon Pugh 13-11 in the decider and Jake Meikle made short work of Jack Grant in straight games. Pugh began the host’s revival by crushing Denby 3-0, Lindley then ousted Meikle 3-1 but the host’s revival hit the buffers when Cordara defeated Grant 3-2. Stocksbridge then toot the doubles and parity was reached with Pugh’s 3-1 result over Meikle. In a marathon set Grant eventually overcame Denby 12-10 in the decider and the hosts grabbed both points as Lindley took out Cordara 3-2.
In Division Two, the battle for the title continues with Crookes ‘C’ emerging as favourites. Matt Bacon, Steve Chu and Liam Carson enhanced Crookes’ credentials with 7-3 result at home to Clifton ‘A’. Chu took the plaudits for the hosts with a hat trick, as Craig Straw offered the sternest resistance for the visitors with a brace.
Division Three champions Crookes ‘D’ overpowered third placed Hallam Grange ‘A’ on an away trip to S10. Andy Hepworth (41/44) the division’s leading scorer lodged another maximum which included narrow wins over Calvin Clarke and Peter Polacek. Paul Lewis also went unbeaten and teamed up with Hepworth to triumph in the doubles and secure both points and nine sets.
Press Officer - STTL