Week Commencing 3rd November 2014

Premier Division - DRS Duncan Taylor  duncan.taylor@essexcc.gov.uk
There were fireworks this week and performance of the week came from Warehouse A with their first win of the season as they beat Hadleigh Forum 7-2. Great wins for all Warehouse players with the inscrutable John Tendler edging the 2 Martin's out in two tough 5 setters for Forum.

Eric Green was on form getting a hattrick as Rawreth B overcame their own C team 7-2. Another Rawreth team were in good form as table topping Rawreth A overcame a strong Rayleigh Mill team 7-2. Minda Sinkus and Duncan Taylor with one win each for the Millers but they were no match for the inform Kevin Read and Tony Halling. 

Champions Thorpe Bay A were missing Alex Abbot again this week and despite a Paul Sayer hattrick including a great win over Kevin Caldon they couldn't beat Hullbridge/Runnymede A and went down 5-4    Duncan

Division 1 - DRS - Barrie Delf   bdelf@castlepoint.gov.uk
The league leaders, unbeaten start to the season, came to an end at the hands of Hockley A in a great match in which all the players contributed. The victory was secured by, improving Essex junior, Liam Squirrell in the final end with a fine win over the experienced Mick Tappenden, to give the Hockley team a confidence-boosting 5-4 win over Hadleigh Forum B. 

Lentern B took full advantage to move into second and close the gap with a 9-0 win over the youngsters from Hullbridge D and have a game in hand. However, it was not quite as one sided as it looks, Zoe pushed John and Steve to their limits in some amazing rallies, and both were relieved to win 3-2 on this occasion. 

Customs A kept up their winning ways, 5-4, but were grateful to 3 from Roy and 2 from Brian in a game where everyone contributed for the Rawreth E team with Steve Buer contributing 2.  Hadleigh Forum C were another team who harvested a 5-4 victory over Lentern E, digging out an agricultural victory against 3 Farmers (Brian, Wayne and Ray) with Russell Bright ploughing a straight 3 win furrow ably supported by Tony Mace with 2. Brian put up most resistance with 2 for the farming trio. 

Finally Warehouse B secured a 6-3 win with all the team winning 2 each but no-one able to beat Neil Daines who scored the three for Invicta A    Barrie

Division 2 - DRS - David Barnes  dbarnes89@btinternet.com
Leaders Hockley B extended their lead at the top of the table, thanks to an 8 – 1 home victory over Rawreth G. Dennis Squirrell and Matthew Stringer both were unbeaten, whilst Andy Deadman got the visitor’s only win. 

Castle Point B have moved into second place, despite losing at home 5 – 4 to Runnymede. Phil Digby scored a maximum and Philip French two for the visitors. Martin Roberts scored two for Castle Point. The win moves Runnymede into fourth position.  Despite Wakering’s Dave Accleton suffering an injury during the warm-up, three wins from Stewart Mills and two from Nigel Cook gave them a 5 – 4 home win over Warehouse D. Dave Walton won two for Warehouse. 

Rawreth F’s Adam Hill and Jan Thorpe both were too strong for visitors Canvey C. Their maximums ensured a 6 – 3 win.  Despite a maximum from Bob Shingleton-Smith, Hullbridge E lost 4 – 5 to Castle Point C. The visitor’s Paul Thompson and Richard Riebold won two each and Colin Smith one    David

DIVISION 3 - DRS Paul Strutt  paulstrut@tiscali.co.uk
Thanks to all those who have submitted reports this week. This is the first time I have had a report for every match submitted on time and without any query. Keep it up!  A couple of matches to catch up on from previous weeks. Customs B and Rawreth I battled out a close fought game with Rawreth coming back from 3-1 down to take it to the final game of the evening only for the experienced Amar Al-Soufi to clinch the vital game for Customs. Despite the closeness of the scores only one match went to 5 and four players came away with a brace each-Amar and Mark Rose for Customs and Robbie Appleton and Ryan Williams for Rawreth. Young Ryan just takes the man of the match award however for his wins over Gaye Dean and the 5 set thriller against Amar. 

From Week 6 Warehouse E came out 6-3 winners against a two man Customs B team for whom Richard Kidd won two games. Simon Lisner was the star for Warehouse winning both his matches and gaining a nominal hat-trick. Hockley C continued their fine form winning 6-3 at Rawreth I thanks to a man of the match performance from Laurie Witte who won his three games backed up by two from Stuart Adshead and one from Paul Seymour playing up from Hockley E. Robbie Appleton picked up a brace for Rawreth. 

On Guy Fawkes Night it was Hockley C who put in a sparkling performance to edge out Warehouse E 5-4 and go 5 points clear at the top with a game in hand over second placed Invicta B. Stuart Adshead won the match winning 9th game and he and Jon Knight both came away with braces as did Graham Back and Tamas Mezo for Warehouse who pushed Hockley all the way with 5 matches going to 5 sets. Invicta B slipped up at Rawreth H where an injury to Bradley Nunn has brought Jan Thorpe and Pat Townsley back into the team. Jan responded with a man of the match performance winning his 3 games and with support from Ken Field (2 wins) and Pat (1win) they triumphed 6-3. Mike Keeble won two for the visitors. With these experienced players Rawreth should soon be moving up the table.

Rawreth I came away from Canvey with a 6-3 win against the D team in what was a very close match between two predominantly junior teams. Joe Smith for Canvey won his first game in the league against the rated Ryan Williams and Simon Baker won the other two but was just beaten 13-15 in the fifth set by man of the match Botond Mezo who came away with a hat-trick. Robbie Appleton picked up the other two for Rawreth for whom this was only their second win of the season. The final game turned out to be a damp squib for Hockley E who crashed 9-0 to Customs B without winning a set. Amar Al-Soufi, Gaye Dean and Mark Rose all significantly improved their averages!    Paul

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