Week 24 Report

Premier Division - DRS Duncan Taylor        duncan.taylor@essexcc.gov.uk

Division 1 - DRS - Barrie Delf                        bdelf@castlepoint.gov.uk

Lentern B march on at the top of the table and now look to be unreachable. This week they won 7-2 over the youngsters form Hullbridge D, who remain second from bottom and still locking for a win in 2015. Gus Heath won 3 and was supported by John Lott and Paul Churn with 2 apiece, but neither could beat Zoe Davies who picked up the two for the Hullbridge team against these seasoned campaigners.  Hadleigh Forum B remain in second place following their 6-3 win at Hockley A, but have other teams with games in hand who can catch them. It was a real team effort for the Forum with Mick Tappenden, Dave Woolmer and Anthon all scoring two, but no-one able to overcome the home team’s Tim Pang who scored all three for Hockley, Mick coming closest losing in 5 sets.  Game of the week was between the teams lying in 3rd and 4th. Rawreth E earned the bragging rights by beating Customs A 6-3, to go above them in the table and only 6 points behind Forum B with a game in hand. Again an allround strong team performance from Chris and Steve Buer and Trevor Ward, with each scoring two but no-one able to beat Roy Thomas who has only lost once all season. Chris Buer did take it to 5 sets but lost 11-1 in the fifth. This leaves Customs, 8 points behind Forum B with a game in hand.  Warehouse B consolidated their mid-table position with a 9-0 win over Invicta A, the winning team comprising Tony Wright, Phil Puckey and Micky Baker. However, 3 of the games did go to 5 sets and results could have been a lot closer. This does push Invicta down to 3rd from bottom in the table and leaves them looking over their shoulders as the season comes to a close.  The final reported game this week saw a 6-3 win for Lentern D over bottom club Canvey B. the ‘Two Peter’s’ Pond and Lucraft were not in a comedic mood and scored maximums for the Lentern team whilst each of the Canvey Team scored one point against the luckless Terry Jasper

Division 2 - DRS - David Barnes                    dbarnes89@btinternet.com

Despite two wins from the home team’s veteran Ken Field, Hockley B ran out 6 – 3 winners at Rawreth G. There were two wins each for Hockley’s Paul Strutt, Neal Klyman and Dennis Squirrel.  Basildon Hospital continued their upward progress with an 8 – 1 away win at RESSC. Ron Coutts saved the home side’s blushes, but could not stop Kevin Smart and Mike Smith recording maximums.  Another team keeping upwardly mobile, Wakering, were comfortable 7 – 2 winners when visiting Warehouse D. Steve Bottom did his best for the home team, recording his team’s two wins. However, a maximum from Paul England and two each from Dave Accleton and Nigel Cook gave the visitors their win.  Runnymede entertained fellow promotion hopefuls Castle Point B. In a close fought match, a Tony Coeshall hat trick and two wins from Steve Giles gave the home team a 6 – 3 win.  On paper the match between Canvey C and Rawreth F looked like an easy win for Rawreth. However, both teams fought hard and it was a good match.  Adam Hill in the last game against Rob McDonald won the first 2 games; Mac took the third game and Adam was winning 8-0 in the fourth, when Mac came storming back to level at 8-8. Adam then woke up and went on to win the fourth game. The stubborn defence of Andy Dedman deservedly gave him a hat trick and ‘man of the match’ award. Alec Taylor and Gordon Johnston both won a game each to save Canvey’s blushes

DIVISION 3 - DRS Paul Strutt                        paulstrut@tiscali.co.uk

In an outstanding result from February Hockley D saw off Canvey D 7-2 with Brian Parker, playing up from the E team, producing a man of the match performance to win all his games, admirably backed up by David Cross and Jason Stringer who both won two. Stuart Curham picked up both points for Canvey.  Hockley E beat Customs B 7-2 but Customs are still struggling to field a team at the moment and they only had Mark Rose and Richard Kidd available against Hockley and Richard was playing left handed due to injury. Mark picked up their two points against youngsters Sean Miller and Ben Cook but Brian Parker was just too strong coming back from 2-1 down to edge the final set 12-10. Another man of the match performance from him.  An interesting clash between Invicta B and Rawreth H saw  Invicta run out 6-3 winners thanks to two wins each from Mike and Matt Keeble and Keith Baxter, but none of these could beat Jan Thorpe who maintained his 100% record in this division with another hat-trick.  Another 6-3 result this time for Canvey D against Rawreth I where Stuart Curham took the honours with 3 wins backed up by two for Harry Keys and one from Simon Baker. Harry won a close match against Ryan Williams coming back from 2 sets down to win the last 3 sets 11/9 13/11 11/8 which gave Canvey a crucial 3-2 lead. Botond Mezo won 2 and Ryan 1 for Rawreth

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